COMMENT:

I fear we are about to make a big mistake with apprenticeships and vocational education in New Zealand. The currently proposed reforms to the vocational education sector will almost definitely mean less on-the-job training rather than more, and that would be bad for growing our skilled workforce.

Before you say "he would say that", I am not arguing this from a particularly political perspective. The last twenty-odd years of vocational education reform in this country has been remarkably free of inter-party wrangling.

However my vantage point on this issue is probably more unique than most. Yes, I had nearly

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