TEU and ITF debate apprentice report

Posted By TEU on Mar 26, 2015 |


Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 8

A Ministry of Education report suggests industry training delivered apprenticeships are cheaper and more effective than managed apprenticeships delivered through polytechnics and institutes of technology.

The Industry Training Federation (ITF) is welcoming the report but TEU says it has taken a narrow view of industry training and ignores the added value polytechnics bring to industry training.

“Industry training apprenticeships take place on the job. They are practical and benefit both workers and employers,” says acting ITF chief executive Kevin Bryant.

“Integrating study with practical skills and workplace knowledge is a winning formula.”

The ITF is a voluntary membership organisation representing all of NZ’s Industry Training Organisations.

However TEU’s Unitec branch president Sid Aksoy says industry trained apprenticeships only deliver to the shorter-term needs of employers and often have a narrower vision of the training needs of society.

Industry’s need for constant productivity gains means some companies have jobs that are so specialised and narrow that parts of the qualification cannot be delivered, because the company lacks the broader technical knowledge and skills.”

Aksoy says polytechnics are also better placed to bring new people into the apprenticeships who have not felt welcome in the past.

“Many women will find it very hard to apply for an apprenticeship in the industry, but will flourish in the ITP sector. A second-career person will not enter the industry as an apprentice but will come to study for the same qualification at an ITP, thus bringing a completely new set of skills to the trade qualification.”

“And it is exactly these kinds of people we need in the trades to grow our industry.”

Aksoy warns that the report and the ITF’s response took a narrow view of  industry training and therefore overlooked many other important aspects of apprenticeships.

“If the only tool you have is a hammer, then soon everything you want to repair starts to look like a nail,” notes Aksoy.

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