CEO comment 1 July 2020

01 July 2020

Virginia webThe wage subsidy for apprentices that was recently announced will help businesses build a skilled workforce for economic recovery.  With the border closed and immigration uncertain, the need for a skilled workforce will become more critical.  Making sure we still have a skills pipeline for when things pick up will also be important.  As more people are having to change jobs and careers, it is good to see Government sharing the cost of training with business.  The Apprenticeships Boost recognises that this is not just course fees, but also the wage costs of having staff that need investment and skills to contribute to business productivity.  

New employment law that has come into force is not helpful.  An amendment to the Employment Relations Act will allow personal grievance cases to be taken against firms that contract employees from another firm (previously personal grievances were only possible against the actual employer).  The move will increase costs and reduce competitiveness for the contracting company and could lead to costly litigation over who is the actual employer.  You can read more here.

We are proud of the covid-19 advocacy and support that we have provided to businesses across our region.  We have done this in conjunction with our BusinessNZ network, and you can read more about this here.

Techweek has been rescheduled and is now running from 27 July to 2 August.  Many events are free and all events will be accessible online here.  

Our training is up and going again across the region – and you can find out more here.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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