PM behind industry's push to get thousands of people into trades

High school students are being encouraged to spurn university for a trade, with promises they can buy houses earlier than their academic counterparts.

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, which provides building apprenticeships, has launched a new system in schools that allows students to build their own CV of NCEA credits, skills and other qualifications. Prospective employers will then be able to look directly at their work in the system.

It's part of the organisation's quest to get 2000 to 3000 more students a year into trades.

The organisation's chief executive Warwick Quinn said he wanted to change the message given to many students that university was the best option.

"Going to university is still an impressive decision but it's a myth that you're going to be better off."

While graduates eventually earned higher salaries, tradespeople started earning earlier which meant, over a lifetime, their incomes were comparable, Mr Quinn said.

"You're the tradie down at the dockyard in the morning putting you boat in the water - and you're 25. You're buying a house earlier because you have money and you're paying it off earlier - so midway through your career you have more security."

Prime Minsiter Jacinda Ardern said she was behind the push for trades - she helped launch the new system at Green Bay High School this week.

"Only two percent of school leavers are going into apprenticeships - that's really low.

"We're trying to encourage more school leavers to give it some thought given the huge contribution it makes to the country."

Seventeen-year-old Holly Trow said she wanted to do a carpentry apprenticeship.

"I like the hands on aspect of it and being out there and helping the community with building houses - or even commercial building."

Labour is promising a $2000 award for the best trades pupil in every secondary school.
Source: 1 NEWS



Gales predicted to bring a drop in temperature and Desert Road snowfall

Southerlies continue to drop temperatures across New Zealand as gales are forecast to spread up the country today, then slowly ease on Monday.

MetService have issued a severe weather watch for Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, Marlborough, Christchurch and Canterbury through to Monday.

A strong wind watch continues for the Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, Marlborough, Wellington and Wairarapa today and tomorrow.

MetService say the severe weather watch is for the possibility that southerly gales may become severe in exposed coastal areas at times from Banks Peninsula to East Cape.

A road snowfall warning has also been issued this morning for the Desert Road, where where a few showers are expected Sunday evening from 6pm until Monday morning.

About 1-3cm is likely to accumulate on the road above 800 metres.

To find out the weather in your area over the weekend, click here.

Snow falls on Desert Road Source: 1 NEWS

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Cyclist dies following Timaru crash yesterday

A person is dead following a crash between a cyclist and a vehicle in Timaru yesterday.

Police said the crash happened at 2.30pm on Washdyke Flat Rd.

"Police can now confirm that the cyclist died as a result of the crash."

No one else was injured. 

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the incident. 

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