Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge

14 May 2019

Major New Zealand companies have agreed to double their on-job training hours and to publicly disclose their investment in training. Currently 14 companies are party to the Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge.

In its report, A Future That Works, the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Council (PMBAC) has identified the need to offer lifelong learning to people through their workplaces, to meet skills and productivity challenges in an increasingly automated world of work. 

The importance of literacy and numeracy in underpinning lifelong learning is highlighted by Leeann Watson, Chief Executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce, “All employees that will contribute to our future workforce must have strong literacy, language and numeracy skills and increasingly need skills of communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and being digitally savvy. To ensure we have a fit-for-purpose workforce, we also need to provide young people with 21st century skills to ensure they are work-ready.” Read the Chamber's full media release here.