NZCB In The News – 8th Sept 2023 – Radio New Zealand

Industry leaders worried at National Party plan to scrap Workforce Development Councils

Industry leaders are worried a change of government will spell the end of Workforce Development Councils that set standards and qualifications for the trades.

Representatives from a range of sectors told RNZ the councils were a big improvement on the industry training organisations they replaced.

The six councils were charged with setting and monitoring qualifications on behalf of their industries, created in 2021 as part of the reforms that set up super-polytechnic Te Pūkenga.

Certified Builders chief executive Malcolm Fleming said the councils were a success story because they engaged well with industries. He said the councils had a broader mandate than the ITOs, for example scoping the workforce needs for recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle.

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