Business NZ Skills Strategy

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					       Business NZ

    Skills Strategy
              Jeremy Baker
     Adviser Education and Training
Presentation to EMA Learning Conference,
              23 October 2002
          Growth Challenge
• Business NZ has a single-minded goal
  – to lift the standard of living of New
• The challenge is achieving long-term
  sustainable economic growth
• Skills and productivity are critical to
  long-term growth
            The Skills Challenge
• 1 in 5 of the NZ population have ‘very poor’ literacy
  and numeracy skills
• Only 1/3rd of the NZ population aged 25-64 have a
  post-school qualification - ¼ have no qualification at
• 1/3rd of the NZ workforce is employed by 260,000
  enterprises that have fewer than 10 employees
• 80% of the NZ workforce of 2010, and 60% of the
  workforce of 2020, are already in the workforce
• Employers have not had as much difficulty finding
  skilled & unskilled employees since 1975
       Business NZ’s Priorities
• Increase skill levels in the current workforce,
  by increasing the number of people involved
  in formal industry training from 80,000 to
  160,000 per annum, and significantly
  increasing the number of people with industry
  skill standards, by 2005
• Eliminate 'very poor' literacy and numeracy in
  the population (i.e. reduce the number of
  people with IALS Level 1 literacy to fewer
  than a statistical margin of 5%), by 2010
      Business NZ’s Priorities 2
• Improve the outcomes of compulsory
  education, so that all completing compulsory
  education achieve basic literacy and
  numeracy standards, and attain at least
  NCEA Level 1, by 2005
• Improve the relevance of post-compulsory
  education, by more rigorous quality
  assurance, greater partnership with business,
  and a greater proportion of learning taking
  place within industry and on-the-job, by 2005
           Skills Initiatives
• Tripartite Workplace Learning Initiative
• Business New Zealand / NZQA Key
  Partnership Agreement
• Industry Training Federation Co-operation
• National Adult Literacy Coalition
• TEC Charters & Profiles process
• Immigration Strategy
• Regional Initiatives
          Tripartite Initiative
• Business NZ, Council of Trade Unions
  and the Government
• Championing workplace learning
• Enabling workplace learning
   – Focus on the demand side
   – Importance of return on investment
   – Facilitating access to high quality
     support for workplace learning
           Business NZ / NZQA
•   Generic skills recognition
•   Generic qualifications
•   NCEA & Employers
•   Promotion of the NQF/NRQ
•   Quality assurance
•   Credit transfer & recognition
          ITF Co-operation
• ITO skills leadership project
• Improved information for employers,
  learners etc on workplace learning
• Clustering of ITOs, Employers &
• Role of ITOs in schools
• Role of ITOs in immigration
     National Literacy Coalition
• Bring together the providers &
  stakeholders in adult literacy
• Co-ordinated effort needed to support
  the Adult Literacy Strategy
• Particular focus on supporting the
  development of quality standards for
  providers, tutors and learning
      TEC Charters & Profiles
• Supported Charters & Profiles trial
• Review of Charters
• Co-ordinating input by business
• Facilitating ongoing partnership
  between business & providers
       Immigration Strategy
• Linking immigration policy to skills
  development strategies
• Important role of ITOs
• Immigration of skilled workers
  underpinning workplace learning
         Regional Initiatives
• EMA Learning’s initiatives
• Partnerships with teacher training
  providers (EMA(N), EMA(C))
• Business / school partnerships
• Business / tertiary partnerships
    Meeting the Skills Challenge
• Business NZ has set clear and
  ambitious targets

• Achieving those goals requires
  partnership with a wide range of
  organisations, at national and regional
“We are from Business,
 and we are here to help”