NZCB In The News – Radio NZ 13th November 2023

NZCB In The News – Radio NZ 13th November 2023

The percentage of inactive apprentices has jumped since the government's scheme apprenticeship boost started

NZCB chief executive Malcolm Fleming talks to Radio NZ News about the high number of inactive apprentices.

Radio script

The percentage of inactive apprentices has jumped since the government’s scheme apprenticeship Boost started paying firms thousands of dollars a year for each new apprentice. But an increasing number are not doing any credits for their qualifications. The Certified Builders Association chief executive Malcolm Fleming says some companies just want the subsidy. 

They are more likely to be businesses who are rolling employees such as Labour as apprentices to obtain the Apprentice boost contribution and they’re not encouraging those apprentices to work their way through the qualifications. So that’s a practise that trade associations like ourselves frown upon and I don’t hear of a lot of it occurring, but I can quite imagine that it does occur. 

Malcolm Fleming says other businesses are simply not good at training their apprentices.

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