Earlier this year the Engineering Taranaki Consortium (ETC) secured a contract from Government to provide an option for engineering apprenticeships in Taranaki.
THE CONSORTIUM APPLIED to be part of the new ‘direct funding scheme’ (see next story) in Taranaki through the Government’s competitive bidding process, which enabled employers/industry direct access under specific criteria, to government funding, which had historically only been accessed by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). The three other successful applicants were Southern Group Training (Northland and Southland); Ryman Healthcare (nationwide); and NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (Bay of Plenty). ETC is a collective of Taranaki’s major engineering firms, with membership made up of: Wells Electrical, Worley Parsons, Fitzroy Engineering, ITL, AMTEC, Armatec, Croucher & Crowder, MECO, Pace, Port Taranaki and Steel & Tube.
Venture Taranaki contributes to the group’s activities and meetings are held at its boardroom. The group says it has been successfully involved in the delivery of the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme in Taranaki for over a decade.
“ETC’s continued high performance as a Modern Apprenticeship broker contributed to the ETC approval by Government – as one of only four entities granted in March, 2014 to deliver apprenticeships under the new NZ Apprenticeship system.” ETC’s role with the 90 plus existing Modern Apprentices in Taranaki is ongoing, says the group. “This continuation of services includes the co-ordination, coaching and support services to those apprentices signed on before the end of December 2013, under a Modern Apprenticeships arrangement.
“The continued focus of apprentices completing their national qualifications, alongside the industries demand for a skilled and competent workforce, provides a solid platform to build on for the new and emerging apprenticeship arrangements in Taranaki.”