Kia ora koutou, I probably don’t need to tell you that New Zealand is facing some huge challenges and some huge opportunities.
We have a massive skills shortage in this country and yet many of our school leavers, when they leave school, either don't know which future path to take, which future training opportunities to take up or they might simply choose to go into a tertiary institution just because it’s the easiest option.
We need to make sure that those pathways into apprenticeships, those pathways into vocational training and education are much, much clearer.
But, also, that we send a message that vocational training, apprentices, those who become our future trades-people, who become our builders and our plumbers and our electricians - that they’re not only valued, they are critical.
One way we think that we can encourage that, lift the profile of the trades and vocational training, is through things like our Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award.
Something I’m pleased to announce that we will be rolling out throughout New Zealand this coming year.
This award will be available in all schools throughout the country; secondary schools and kura.
And we’re asking schools, principals to identify excellence within their schools, their best vocational education learner, their best future apprentice.
Now, the prize comes with the added bonus of prize money. It will be a $2,000 cash prize. We hope that will encourage these learners into future training and education opportunities, perhaps help them buy tools for their trade or maybe it will help them set up their own business.
Ultimately though, we want more of our young people moving into these forms of education training and careers.
Not only because New Zealand desperately needs them, because they are our future innovators, creators, apprentices and they will be critical to our future.
So, go ahead, nominate, add this to your school prize-giving list.
I look forward to seeing a student from every secondary school and kura across the country exiting their school, holding the prize of the Prime Minister’s Vocational Excellence Award.
Kia ora koutou. Kua mōhio kē pea koutou, he wero nui, he arawātea nui anō hoki kei mua i te aroaro o Aotearoa.
Kei te tino kōpaka ngā pūkenga i tēnei whenua. Engari he tokomaha te hunga wehe i te kura kāore e mōhio ko tēhea te ara pai mō rātou ki tua, ko ēhea rānei ngā ara whakangungu me whai atu. Ko ētahi ka haere noa ki ngā kura paetoru i te mea koirā te kōwhiringa māmā.
Me mahi mātou kia mārama noa ake ngā ara mō ngā pia – ngā ara whakangungu, whakaako ringa ahumahi.
Engari me whakatāiri hoki te kōrero, kei te uaratia, kei te matenuitia hoki ngā ringa ahumahi, ngā pia, ngā ringarehe – arā, ngā kāmura, ngā ringakōrere, ngā ringahiko o āpōpō.
Ki a mātou, ko tētahi huarahi hei whakatairanga i ēnei momo kaimahi me ngā ara whakangungu i a rātou, ko ngā kaupapa pēnei i te Tohu Kairangi Mātauranga Ahumahinga a te Pirīmia.
Me taku āhuareka ki te pānui atu koinei tētahi kaupapa kei te tukua haerehia ki Aotearoa ā te tau e tū mai nei.
E āhei mai ana ngā kura tuarua katoa o te motu ki te tohu nei.
E tonoa ana ngā kura me ngā tumuaki kia tautohu i te kairangi i roto i ō rātou kura – tā rātou ākonga akoranga ringa ahumahi pai katoa, tā rātou pia pai katoa hei te anamata.
He moni anō kua tāpiria ki te tohu ināianei, he $2000. Ko te tūmanako, mā konei ka hurikiko ngā ākonga ki ngā whakangungu, akoranga ringa ahumahi kei tua, ka āwhina rānei i a rātou ki te hoko taputapu ringarehe, ki te whakatū pakihi rānei.
Heoi anō, ko te whāinga nui, kia tokomaha ake ngā taiohi e uru ana ki ēnei momo akoranga, e takahi ana i ēnei momo aramahi.
I te mea kei te matenuitia ēnei ringa ahumahi i Aotearoa, ka mutu, ko rātou ngā ringa auaha, ngā pia e tūhauora ai tēnei whenua ā ngā rā e heke mai nei.
Nō reira, kia kaha – tautapatia he ākonga, tāpiria hoki ki ngā tohu ka tukua e tō kura ki ngā ākonga kaiaka.
Tēnei au te tiaki nei i te rā e tū mai ai he ākonga i ia kura tuarua huri i te motu, e wehe ana i te kura ko te Tohu Kairangi Mātauranga Ahumahinga a te Pirīmia kei tōna ringa.