March 11, 2019
ITOs better for qualifying Māori
The Government is being urged to consider the role of industry training organisations in preparing Māori for the workforce.
The sector is being reviewed, but ITOs fear they are being sacrificed to prop up polytechs that are in financial strife.
Sam Napia from Skills Active ITO says Māori have been largely ignored in what is the single largest shake up ever of the skills training area.
He says Māori prefer to earn while they learn, so 6500 a year complete their qualifications through industry training, a greater number than go through polytechs.
"For every $1 million invested in tertiary education, industry training organisaitons qualify 300 skilled workers sompared to polytechs who currently qualify 65. Skills Active ITO on average qualifies almost 600, 100 of which are Māori," Mr Napia says.
Industry training organisations have been invited to a hui taumata on Thursday at the Waikato Tainui Endowed College to develop a common position.
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