Workforce shortages drive continued growth for ITO

Careerforce releases 2018 annual report.

Industry training organisation (ITO) for the broader health and wellbeing, cleaning and urban pest management sectors, Careerforce has released its 2018 annual report at its annual general meeting.

Careerforce CEO Jane Wenman commented that 2018 was another very successful year, noting standard training measure (STM) growth of 11 per cent, following on from 24 per cent growth over 2017.

“Many of the sectors for which Careerforce provides support are continuing to face significant workforce shortages, and this is undoubtedly contributing to our growth, as employers seek to upskill their workforces through on-the-job training,” she said.

Other key highlights from the annual report included:

  • Growth in worksites supported up 23 per cent to 1,782, and up 80 per cent from 2014
  • Learners grew to 19,125, up 5 per cent on 2017, and up 37 per cent on 2014
  • Total current apprenticeships up 85 per cent to 2,062
  • Revenue growth of 14 per cent to $22.9m for 2018

At its AGM, Fiona Pimm was elected as Careerforce’s new board chair, replacing Richard Westlake who stood down after nine years.

Pimm was elected to the board in 2012 and has been deputy chair since 2016. She has extensive experience in health management and governance.

Pimm acknowledged Westlake’s superb stewardship across his tenure: “Richard has been an outstanding chair, guiding Careerforce through a period of significant growth, and providing exceptional governance. We thank Richard for his contribution, and I hope to continue his legacy of growth in my tenure as Chair.”

Despite Careerforce’s sustained strong performance in recent years, a period of uncertainty remains for the ITO, pending the outcomes from the Review of Vocational Education (RoVE), which could see the transition of more than 140,000 ITO trainees to a newly proposed NZ Institute of Skills & Technology. An announcement is expected later in June.

“Pending the outcomes from RoVE, we hope to be able to continue to work very closely with employers across our sectors to support their workforce development needs,” said Wenman.

“These employers have many choices in how they upskill their staff, and it is evident that on-the-job training is working very effectively for them. Their staff are learning relevant and practical skills whilst working, and achieving nationally recognised qualifications at the same time, supporting enhanced career prospects and life outcomes.”

The Careerforce 2018 annual report can be found here.

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