10 October 2006 Media Statement
Industry training numbers continue to grow
The continued growth in numbers enrolling for Modern Apprenticeships and Industry Training underscores the value of
these initiatives at a time when employers are demanding more skilled labour, Tertiary Education Minister Dr Michael
Cullen said today.
Dr Cullen announced the latest June year figures ahead of a speech tonight at the Wellington Registered Master Builders
Carters 2006 Apprentice of the Year award ceremony.
As at 30 June 2006, there were 9,171 Modern Apprentices, almost 13 per cent more than in June 2005. Total Industry
Trainees numbered 123,202, just over 11 per cent up on June 2005.
Modern Apprenticeships continues to prove its value with almost 2,300 having completed since the establishment of the
programme in 2000.
"Just a few months ago I had the pleasure of congratulating the 2,000th Modern
Apprentice to complete training. I am delighted that this successful initiative is continuing to make a real difference
in developing the skilled labour force New Zealand needs.
"Industry Training and Modern Apprenticeships are central pillars in transforming New Zealand into a higher growth and
higher wage economy by improving achievement in education, building a skilled workforce and lifting business
"The schemes' success is why Budget 2006 allocated an additional $58 million over the next four years to expand the
number of Modern Apprenticeships to 14,000 by December 2008 and for other industry training initiatives," said Dr