The Federation of Industry Training Organisations (the Federation) today (Thursday, 30th September) released a
comprehensive review of Labour’s training policy, 21ST Century Skills, at the Hospitality Standards Institute in
Wellington by handing over the report to Labour MP, Marian Hobbs.
“Most Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) are pretty comfortable with what Labour is suggesting – there are one or
two areas where we have different views and we’re happy to talk them through,” said Paul Williams, Executive Director of
the ITO Federation.
“Over three-quarters of the respondents to the survey said that they were ‘positive’ about Labour’s overall policy,” Mr
“There are some issues. Labour’s policy to reduce the number of ITOs caused some concern – 52 percent of ITOs thought
that this would have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on training as did the policy to require ITOs to negotiate
the wage rates of apprentices,” he said.
Members of the ITO Federation represent three-quarters of all ITOs although the survey was sent to all ITOs and almost
50% responded. The ITO Federation exists to improve information about the challenges and opportunities for
“ITOs supported the development of a comprehensive strategy for training and employment, and endorsed the continuation
of NZQA as the agency responsible for the National Qualifications Framework,” Mr Williams said.
“As at the end of 1998, there were approximately 50,000 trainees engaged in industry-based training – a threefold
increase since 1993. This is a major achievement and shows the potential for industry-based training generally,” said Mr
“The ITO Federation wants to work with any organisation that is committed to improving the policy for, or delivery of,
industry-based training,” he said.
The ITO Federation has recently set up a national office and employed and Executive Director. The Federation is an
advocate for ITOs and for industry-based training and promotes best practice for ITOs and for training providers.