One of the most important things National can do for New Zealanders is put the right conditions in place to help create jobs, encourage investment, and build a stronger economy.

Last week, statistics came out showing New Zealand’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 per cent for the December quarter.  However, we know the labour market remains challenging for many people.

This underlines the importance of continuing with National’s comprehensive Business Growth Agenda to help businesses grow, invest, and hire more staff.  New Zealand faces some big opportunities, and we’re committed to ensuring more Kiwis are trained with the skills needed for the next few years.

We’re funding 12,000 more tertiary places this year, supporting our fees-free Youth Guarantee scheme for 13,000 young people, providing new vocational pathways at secondary school, and rebooting apprenticeships  to give young people more options to train.