April 24, 2019
No jumping as MPs ponder ITO claim
Employment Minister Willie Jackson says radical reform of vocational training is needed because not enough people are being trained.
The Government is facing pressure from some industry training organisations who fear they are being sacrificed in the interests of propping up financially troubled polytechnics.
Skills Active ITO board member Des Ratima has lodged a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal accusing Education Minister Chris Hipkins of scrapping a system that is working for Māori and failing to give adequate time for consultation.
Mr Jackson rejects his view Labour’s Maori MPs are ignoring the issue, and says the Māori concerns have been relayed to Mr Hipkins by Associate Minister Kelvin Davis.
"He has them before him. Des is doing a great job from his side, his perspective, but the reality is we can't just jump because Des says jump," he says.
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