Focus on workplace training

16:00, Feb 04 2014
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SEALED DEAL: From left: Manukau Institute of Technology chief executive Peter Brothers and the Skills Organisation chief executive Garry Fissenden have signed a memorandum of understanding with Christchurch Polytechnic to provide business education to workplaces across 19 industries.

A first-of-its-kind partnership has been established between three major training organisations to deliver business education across 19 industries.

The Manukau Institute of Technology, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and the Skills Organisation have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide workplace training for employees.

It is the first relationship of its kind to have a national focus around the delivery of workplace training.

MIT chief executive Dr Peter Brothers says he's "delighted" to be working with the Christchurch polytechnic and New Zealand's largest industry training organisation.

"Teaming up with CPIT and Skills means our training can now reach more learners in more businesses in more industries throughout New Zealand," Mr Brothers says.

"It's exciting and we believe upskilling employees can only sharpen the productivity of Kiwi businesses."

The memorandum aligns with the Government's draft Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-19 which identifies a need for tertiary education to support business and innovation through developing relevant skills in the workforce.

A strategic and business plan for the partnership will be presented by the end of April.

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