Apprenticeship Reboot Extension Appropriate
6 May 2014
The Industry Training Federation believes the Government’s announcement today to extend the reboot subsidy for eligible
apprentices and trainees by another 6,000 places is appropriate.
“This is an appropriate adjustment by the Government to extend the reboot scheme as it has proved to be successful” say
the Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Mark Oldershaw.
“From the Government’s perspective industry training represents exceptional value for their investment, given that
industry contributes a direct cash contribution of around 30 percent. It is also acknowledged that apprentices and
trainees are earning a wage whilst completing their qualifications, thus contributing to the New Zealand economy rather
than building up a student loan” said Mr Oldershaw.
“With the New Zealand economy starting to show some sure signs of improvement it is expected that industry trainee and
apprentice numbers will improve as employment numbers grow. The industry training sector has had a significant amount of
funding re-appropriated to other tertiary education providers over the last 5 years so now is the time to look at an
increase in base-line funding for ITOs.”
“Over the last 2 years the ITO sector has gone through a significant structural change and is working with employers to
ensure that the right skill sets are being provided to industry to continue to lift workplace productivity.”
Mr Oldershaw did remark that it is disappointing that Government is still referring to the notion of ‘phantom trainees’
being funded within the industry training system. “The ITO sector is forward looking. We all acknowledge that there have
been discrepancies in the distant past in relation to funding non-existent trainees however those days are well and
truly behind us. It would be refreshing if the Government could also move on from these references and focus on the
value that ITOs provide within the wider vocational education and training sector.”
The Industry Training Federation is a voluntary membership organisation representing all of New Zealand's Industry