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Labour plans for more apprenticeships

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016

Companies that win major government contracts will have to take on apprentices under a Labour-led government.

That will include the party's KiwiBuild programme under which it has pledged to build 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years, party leader Andrew Little said on Tuesday.

"The next Labour government will help even more young people into apprenticeships," he said.

"This is in addition to Labour's dole for apprenticeships scheme, which subsidises employers to take on apprentices using the money they would otherwise receive as a benefit."

The Council of Trade Unions welcomed the announcement, saying the government had significant purchasing power.

"Working people in unions have been calling for apprenticeship requirements for some time," said secretary Sam Huggard.

"This needs to be part of the procurement mix."

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