Aoraki Polytechnic, Eastern Institute of Technology, Otago Polytechnic, the Open Polytechnic and Wellington Institute of Technology also announced yesterday they would offer free or low-cost training to those affected.
It will not be compulsory to take up training. …
He [John Key] welcomed the polytechs’ offer of free or cheap training, saying making it compulsory would have been too difficult, but he encouraged employees to lift their skills.
Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) New Zealand executive director Dave Guerin said the institutions were happy to be able to sweeten the deal for employers and employees considering the nine-day fortnight.
Mr Guerin asked ITP NZ members for proposals on March 12 and had five responses within 24 hours. More ITPs were expected to join in.
“ITPs will offer courses within existing funding, using programmes that have already been developed and approved,” he said.
I agree that making it compulory would have been a bureaucratic nightmare. Instead we have the polytechnics making it easy. A good initiative.