18 June 2020
Announced today, the government are placing $40m into apprenticeships to up-skill and train regional New Zealanders into roles.
In the first instance, the funding will support employers as they support employees who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Thereafter, the funding will be open to all apprenticeships in the region.
It will lead to more skilled New Zealand workforce and as time passes, the reliance on the migrant work force will diminish.
Employers will the means to train New Zealanders into roles. This will lead to tougher labour market testing if the employer chooses a migrant worker over a New Zealander [who is available and readily trainable] – and government funded!