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Upper Hutt Leader : August 31st 2011
20 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 31, 2011 EDUCATION www.cellfield.com cellfield Testing and treatment for Dyslexia www.kipmcgrath.co.nz 3716177AE Cellfield in association with Kip McGrath Upper Hutt Give your child the gift of reading. For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help contact Patrick on 528 7707. If your child: Struggles to read fluently Dislikes reading Has trouble with comprehension Has trouble remembering what they have read Lacks motivation Can't spell Does reading make your child tired? HELP IS AVAILABLE now through CELLFIELD NZQA registered and accredited Teaching Level 1, 2, 3 and a selection of Level 4 Elementary = 38 weeks Advanced = 24 weeks (Courses staggered throughout the year) PHC029W WELLINGTON 336 High Street, Lower Hutt Ph: 04 570 0960 www.hairdressing.org.nz email: firstname.lastname@example.org Government Loans and/or Student Allowances available for course fees and living expenses. PREMIER Hairdressing Courses Next course starts: 26th Sept 2011 Enrol Now! Criteria applies Boost for trades to meet demand ' The demand for skilled workers in the construction industry is forecast to skyrocket from the second half of 2012. People need to start training now to be in a good position to pick up this work otherwise New Zealand companies will be looking overseas to fill vacancies. ' Dr Linda Sissons WelTec chief executive Train now ahead of a trades shortage is the message from WelTec chief executive Dr Linda Sissons. The experts all agree, there is going to be a significant and immediate call for trained staff to not only rebuild Christ- church -- with an estimated additional 30,000 trained construction workers required -- but to work in other centres to fix the country s 42,000 leaky homes. There s also the pent-up demand for new homes following a period of historically low levels of house building throughout New Zealand, says Dr Sissons. This is why the government has just allocated an additional $850,000 to allow 200 extra students to learn trades skills at WelTec this year. The demand for skilled workers in the construction industry is forecast to sky- rocket from the second half of 2012. People need to start training now to be in a good position to pick up this work otherwise New Zealand companies will be looking overseas to fill vacancies. Education contributes to economic growth and improvements in productivity. For sustained economic growth and ongoing innovation and productivity companies need to utilise the skills of their staff. They can best do this by taking on trained staff who are work-ready and who have acquired skills in a New Zealand setting, or by upskilling their existing workforce who already have an understanding of the com- pany they work for. WelTec is keen to hear from young people and their families about the study options available, says Dr Sissons. Ruma Karaitiana, chief executive of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, also agrees. The outcome should be that when demand really picks up we can start injecting people into the industry who have not only pre-employment training but the skills and aptitudes that they can demon- strate to employers. Ash Sparks from A Sparks Builders in Wellington says: To be a successful con- structor of high-quality architecturally- designed homes we need our team to be not only motivated and passionate but skilful in their profession -- apprentices are an integral part of this. The correct type of training is an essen- tial element. At A Sparks Ltd we have been employing apprentices for over 20 years and have had great success with students from WelTec. Licensing will be in force soon so we need to be constantly upskilling ourselves. Apprentices can help with this as they are in training. Construction materials and methodology are also changing and at Wel- Tec students are provided with the latest information on new products and ideas. The WelTec pre-trade course gives apprentices great knowledge and practical use with materials and tools so they have a good basic understanding by the time we take them on. We strongly believe it is important to protect the future of the building and con- struction industries and we encourage other tradespeople to do the same.
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