Steven Joyce has just announced.
“Up to $42 million will be set aside in next week’s Budget to train people involved in Canterbury’s rebuild.”
“The package including up to 3000 more construction-related training places in polytechnics around the country.”
Lets just concentrate on what I know, Carpentry, did you know that it takes 8000 hrs to train a Carpenter. That’s about 4 years from the time you start your apprenticeship till you can call yourself a tradesman.
Now a few Carpenters will mature faster than others, and will go building on their own after finishing their time, some will stay working for the company that trained them, but in the present climate with wages falling & the cost of living going up, these Carpenters/builders are going to get on a plane and earn 30% more over the ditch in Ozzy, surf, party and have a ball.
There is an old saying (have trade will travel). So yes, once trained, they are mostly going to fly to Ozzy for better money, because the money here is Crap!.
Instead of Steven Joyce wasting our money, he would have been better offering builders and other tradesman the same money they can make in Ozzy, $42 mil goes a long way.
There are hundreds if not thousands of builders and tradesman in Ozzy right now, that would come home in a heart beat, if only they new they could get work and decent wages. In fact, they continue to head over there even now. Statistics New Zealand says at least 4,200 building industry workers left the country in the past year.
Once home, then the Government could encourage them “Our tradesmen” to train “Our” youth.
But as we know, logic and common scene are something this lot missed out on.