Industry Training Federation Conference focuses on partnership
The Industry Training Federation (ITF) has chosen 'Partnership at work' as the theme for all its public events in 2012.
This is being interpreted across the entire programme of the forthcoming ITF annual conference in Wellington on 1-2 August, which includes 6 keynote presentations, 10 concurrent workshops and a panel session around the review of industry training.
'More and more we are seeing the need across vocational education and training to work in partnership with each other to ensure good results,' says ITF Chief Executive, Mark Oldershaw. 'It’s not just for the need to do things more efficiently, but because good collaboration produces good results.'
Keynote speaker and Otorohanga Mayo, Dale Williams, who is also Chair of the Mayors’ Taskforce for Jobs, has adopted a ‘partnership with industry’ approach to jobs for young people in his district. The council has taken an active involvement in placing young people in work. It is a model that he is confident will work in other regions around the country and he’ll be sharing how that works with conference delegates.
Roana Bennett , Managing Director of Ngati Whakaue’s social service arm, Te Taumata o Ngati Whakaue Iho Ake Trust, is passionate about building Maori economic development from the grassroots up. For more than 10 years, her trust has leveraged off the tribe’s commercial arm to create ‘cradle to grave’ opportunities for its members. While the early focus was on early childhood education, Te Taumata has moved more recently into trade training and employment. In her keynote presentation at the conference, Bennett will background how that work is going, and how the vocational education and training sector might work more successfully with iwi at a grassroots level to support economic and social aspirations.
Panels and sessions
Other conference sessions cover issues such as involving the community in mentoring programmes to improve workplace literacy and numeracy, and different ways for industries to attract youth.
Industry training review
Industry training is currently under review by the Government and the Minister for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce is expected to make major announcements around the review at the conference.
Mark Oldershaw says the conference programme offers opportunities for delegates to exchange views around that. 'In the interests of our partnership approach, we’ll have panels to hear responses to the review from business, workers and providers, as well as ITOs.'
Ako Aotearoa is sponsoring the 2012 ITF Conference.