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Published on October 1st, 2012 | by


New Zealand headed for skills shortage

Over the last year, a record number of New Zealanders have left for New Zealand, prompting fears of a skills crisis in the land of the long white cloud.

In the 12 months to June a record 53,763 people left New Zealand for Australia, and New Zealand tradies in their twenties are replacing young, well-educated Kiwis as the face of trans-Tasman migration. According to the New Zealand Herald, in the 20-29 age bracket, technicians and trade workers are leaving in the greatest numbers – 14.4 per cent of the total – chasing jobs and better pay.

“This is a disaster for New Zealand,” NZ Labour’s deputy leader Grant Robertson said. “New Zealand is on the way to a skills crisis.

“The government’s lack of investment in apprenticeships or other skills training programmes is exposing the gap being left in the economy – along with the absence of a coherent economic plan, it’s a fatal combination.”

The Herald’s report quoted carpenter Sean Barratt, 33, who lived in Australia 10 years ago and is getting ready to return. “The standard of work is higher and, of course, you get paid for it,” he said.”Anyone with a hammer here can be a carpenter, or at least assume the premise of being one.”

The movement of Kiwis to Australia, coupled with the looming Christchurch rebuild, means that there is a demand for skilled tradies in New Zealand. To see what opportunities NZ can offer you, come and speak to NZ Skills in Demand at Down Under Live on the 6th & 7th October at the West Hall in Olympia. Tickets cost just £10 in advance.

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One Response to New Zealand headed for skills shortage

  1. GENARO DE LEON says:

    Presently i am working here in jebel ali,dubai as mechanical technician but machinist could be also.regards

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