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Funding To Be Extended For Industry Trainees Made Redundant

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Anne Tolley
Anne Tolley

Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The Government has extended funding for people made redundant while undertaking industry training so they can continue to study and find a new job.

Tertiary Education Minister Anne Tolley said the Tertiary Education Commission would continue to fund industry trainees 12 weeks after they were made redundant -- twice the previous limit.

The change will allow "better opportunity to use industry networks and find trainees a new job so they can continue their workplace training", Mrs Tolley told the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum in Wellington today.

She said improving the skill base of the workforce was important for helping the economy recover from the recession.

"The intention is to keep looking forward and preparing our workforce for opportunities when the economy picks up."

The recession was not the only threat, with more than half the trainees leaving their programmes early.

While there will always be some non-completions certain industries had lower rates than others, Mrs Tolley said.

"We probably need to do more research to drill down a little further, but it is clear that improving completion rates in some parts of industry training and modern apprentices is a high priority."

The forum covers learning in and for the workplace. Professor David Ashton and Johnny Sung, both from Britain, will speak at the two-day forum.

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