Budget fails to address skills shortage opposition MP says
Labor has failed to answer calls for it to set up a National Skills Strategy and instead appears to be moving on from its promise to build a nation-first workforce, a Labor MP has said.
In a speech to Labor members this morning, New Zealand First’s def바카라 사이트ence spokesman James Paterson said the party was “playing politics” with the issue of the National Skills Strategy.
“They can’t get their act together and answer one question on skills and apprenticeship,” Mr Paterson said, after the National Party’s national executive committee approved $75 million over five years to build a National Skills Institute by 2018.
“In fact, there isn’t even a single question that has a question mark at the start. It is absolutely a blatant campaign of misinformation. They have just tried to turn it into one question.”
The Federal Government has made clear it would be prepared to consider changes to the program should the number of apprenticeships fall, but Mr Paterson says he has had two weeks of discussions with Labor.
“[The National Party] have been totally unable to move anything out of their manifesto,” Mr Paterson said.
“To say ‘we’re ready to look into it and talk about it further in consultation with business and the industry,’ to say that this is what we’re proposing is patently absurd.”
Mr Paterson said there were questions to be answered about the skills gap.
“We don’t know what they’re going to bring in, where they’re going to put it, they don’t know what they’re going to do to fill it, what sort of skills they’re going to invest in, and that’s the very essence of our problem,” he said.
“If they don’t plan for the skills gap then they aren’t preparing for the jobs problem, they’re preparing to give up jobs and that’s a very serious lack of preparation.”
Mr Paterson said the National Party was focused on the future and not the past.
“If 출장 안마they’re going to get back on this ticket of ‘we are building for the future’ then I’m just not sure, because they’ve got a lot of problems that need addressing,” he said.
The National Party does not include an apprenticeship program on its party policy and its national executive committee is meeting this morning.
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