New apprenticeship scheme will benefit Wellington, say employers

Press Release – Wellington Chamber Of Commerce
The Wellington Employers’ Chamber of Commerce has endorsed changes to the apprenticeship system announced by the government today. Chamber Chief Executive Raewyn Bleakley says more funding support for apprenticeships will increase the supply of tradespeople and help achieve the skills needed in the New Zealand economy.

“This will be especially important for the Christchurch rebuild as incentive payments for priority areas such as construction will help get more skilled tradespeople into Canterbury.

“The Wellington region will gain from this as much as other areas, given our involvement in the Christchurch reconstruction – Wellington’s strengths in design, engineering, professional services and other skill areas will be of use in assisting with the rebuild.

“A better functioning apprenticeship system will bring a lot of value for the economies of Christchurch, Wellington and New Zealand overall.” Ms Bleakley said.

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