Education & Skills

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Workforce Development Councils a key development BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope welcomes further clarification on the Government’s decision to establish six industry-led Workforce Development Councils (WDCs).Mr Hope says the move will need to be carefully...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Immigration changes a boost for regional New Zealand

Immigration changes a boost for regional New Zealand Regional New Zealand will benefit most from changes to employer-assisted visa settings, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says.Immigration policy changes that will introduce a pre-assessment for employers,...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Businesses set to benefit from training investment

Businesses set to benefit from training investment Additional funding to support employer-led training initiatives in literacy and numeracy is welcomed by BusinessNZ, Chief Executive Kirk Hope says.“It is great to see the Government partnering with industry to...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

BusinessNZ welcomes NCEA focus on literacy and numeracy

BusinessNZ welcomes NCEA focus on literacy and numeracy Strengthening literacy and numeracy and the introduction of a vocational education award are welcomed by BusinessNZ, says Chief Executive Kirk Hope.“It is vital that we ensure young people are leaving...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Partnership approach to immigration

Partnership approach to immigration Proposals for new requirements for work visas need fine-tuning, says BusinessNZ.The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has been consulting on plans to improve the system for employer-assisted work visas - the process by...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

BusinessNZ welcomes new Business Advisory Council

BusinessNZ welcomes new Business Advisory Council BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope has welcomed today’s announcement of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council as a commitment by the Government to listen to business.The role of the Council will...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

BusinessNZ welcomes microcredentials

BusinessNZ welcomes microcredentials A micro-credential system introduced by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority will help ensure that New Zealand businesses can access employees with the skills they need in a world that is rapidly changing, says...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Literacy critical for better working lives

Literacy critical for better working lives Workforce literacy and numeracy urgently needs to be improved in New Zealand as over a million people don’t have the skills they need to participate fully in working life, Business NZ CEO Kirk Hope says.The Industry...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Digital investment worthwhile

Digital investment worthwhile Digital investment worthwhileInvestment in digital technologies in schools will be highly worthwhile, says BusinessNZ.Chief Executive Kirk Hope said new funding to support the teaching of digital technologies would help upskill new...

Workforce Development Councils a key development

Practical response to skills shortage

Practical response to skills shortage Practical response to skills shortageNew developments in employment and skills have been welcomed by BusinessNZ.Two new jobs and skills hubs were announced today – centres where training and services can be delivered in support of...