Last week the Prime Minister set out the Government’s plan for 2013 and beyond to encourage investment, strengthen the economy, and boost jobs.  National is clear and consistent about our programme, as we continue building on the momentum of the last four years.

The speech detailed specific measures from our Business Growth Agenda  National wants to see stepped up this year.  He announced a new programme to expand and improve the apprenticeship training scheme, including approximately $12 million a year in increased funding. As a result of our changes, and stimulated by the boom in construction and other trades already underway in Christchurch, we estimate around 14,000 additional apprentices will start training during the next five years, over and above the number previously forecast.  This will mean thousands of New Zealanders get to learn a new trade to last them a lifetime.