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Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week in Wellington

Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week in Wellington

Last updated 24 August 2017
Last updated 24 August 2017

Tertiary Education Commission Chief Executive, Tim Fowler, says Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week is a great example of the collaboration needed between industry and career influencers to get more young people into apprenticeships. 

Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week aims to raise awareness of the training and career opportunities on offer across a wide range of industries. 

“There are great opportunities out there for young people who want to earn while they learn the skills they need to be successful, especially across the construction, primary and service sectors which are particularly affected by skills shortages. 

“As the Government’s careers agency, we support the great work of Got a Trade? Got it Made! by providing information and advice to educate young people about potential career opportunities through apprenticeships. 

“Apprenticeships offer great earning potential, on-going training, and ensure workers have the skills industry needs. Industry will need around 100,000 new workers in the next five years in the construction and services sectors alone. So, apprentices are vital for the success of our economy. 

“Educating school leavers about the benefits of apprenticeships is at the heart of our Gateway programme, which enables schools to provide senior students with opportunities to access structured workplace learning. 

“And our Careers NZ website has a wealth of resources for students, parents, teachers and whānau to help them guide positive career discussions and decisions. 

“We all need to work together promote trades as a first-choice career option. Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week is an excellent example of this collaboration,” Mr Fowler says. 

For more information about Gateway visit the Gateway fund page.



Media contact: Rachael Bowie, 027 561 8432


Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston launches Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week in Wellington.  

Trades training and apprenticeships are in the spotlight this week with the Got a Trade? Got it Made! campaign.

The week’s activities help raise awareness of training and career opportunities in the New Zealand trades and services industry. New Zealand needs more skilled people in trades and services.

Parents, whānau, teachers, and influencers who want to help career seekers explore opportunities created by industry growth can visit the Got a trade, Got it made website. It’s a great way to help young people learn more about what a career in trades and services really offers.

Read Minister Upston’s press release on the Beehive website.

For more information on the campaign visit the Got a trade, Got it made website.