“Three years of free skills training, of apprenticeships or higher education right across your working life” is what Andrew Little/ Labour said.
I’m unclear on the specifics of that, the Herald reported
There will be no age limit, reflecting the increased importance of lifelong learning in the 21st Century economy.
Well beyond your working life it would seem. Honestly Sofia, if Labour were proposing a system that would also enable me and other graduates from my generation an opportunity to further upskill to meet the challenges of a changing workplace then I’d be all for it, except that as stated in the fine print
The first year will be available to all new school leavers from 2019 for all NZQA courses, including all apprenticeships, and to every New Zealander who has had no previous tertiary education
So though Andrew Little said:
"The nature of work is changing rapidly and our education system must keep up if we are to seize the opportunities of the future.*
Great for those without any previous tertiary experience who are wishing to upskill, but essentially meaningless to those who may have studied earlier and found their qualifications are no longer bankable, in yet another case of the interest charged borrowers subsidising better opportunities for every generation on either side.
As things remain, over 30% of people in my generation were born overseas and yet when compared to local births the population for our age bracket has only grown about 5%. We were seen as replaceable and our concerns thus became inconsequential, and this is just another policy that reflects that. The X in generation X was a crossing out.
Tell them how you see it and what you see as your problem. Let them know . They always need input. Don't be shy. I'm sure they understand that upskilling is a huge barrier. :)
Following my knee jerk, I’ve come to warm to this policy as the day’s gone on Sofie*, considering the alternatives or lack thereof. So thanks. As usual I’m convinced that there will always be someone more coherent raising similar concerns directly with the brass
Despite marginal discrepancies I can’t reasonably hold the line that this policy isn’t a huge step in the right direction for the good of our country as a whole, regardless of practicalities and the impact it may have on Labours electability
I’m also pleased to see my peripheral concerns getting some MSM air:
Hamilton City councillor and former Labour MP Martin Gallagher said making tertiary education more affordable would benefit Hamilton as a university city.
Labour’s policy announcement would come with a price tag but society had a vested interest in ensuring people had access to good quality training and education, Gallagher said.
Of urgent attention was the eligibility rules around student allowances as children of middle-class parents often struggled to access any assistance.
Rather than venting here about my generation and the baggage that came with it, it’s best I just wait and see what other announcements may be coming. Obviously qualifications will only take us so far without the jobs, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for employment ideas and policies as they’re announced.