August 27, 2020
Upskilled workforce best COVID response
The Prime Minister says education and training continue to be a critical part of plans for the COVID-19 economic recovery.
There has been criticism the Government’s approach of funding so called shovel read infrastructure projects won’t reach the disproportionate number of women who have already lost their jobs because of the pandemic.
There is also concern about what opportunities will be available for rangatahi entering the workforce.
Jacinda Ardern says COVID will be a long term burden on the New Zealand economy, but there are things that can be done now.
"As a child who grew up in the 80s and 90s I'm also acutely aware that we've got to make sure that in our response we think about the burden we create now and if we don't invest in our people, if we don't support them into training, into education, into work, into long term opportunities, that leaves scarring as well, so we've got to make sure we support people in the here and now, we invest in their future," she says.
A more skilled workforce will also help with the issue of debt and getting the economy into a better position.
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