I was talking to someone the other day who is involved in the local club rugby scene.  He said there has been a major change this year.  In the past, a lot of players coming into the province would come along to play looking for help getting into labouring jobs or into the freezing works.

Now new young migrants are coming to Southland to work in trades or train in trades at SIT using the successful ZeroFees scheme.

Improving skills is a key part of the Government’s agenda for lifting New Zealand’s economic growth, and vocational training plays an important role in this. It’s all about getting much better results with the spend we make.

The Government is working closely with industry to ensure that vocational training meets the needs of those who require trainees, and to fill those skill gaps to improve our national productivity.