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Rising unemployment, redundancies and the drop in
value of the Kiwi dollar have thrown the economy and lives of many of
us into turmoil. Locally, we have felt the anguish and heartache that
many families are facing with shock redundancies, shortened work weeks
and the rising cost of living.
"Now more than ever we need to be upskilling our people in
preparation for an upturn in the economy. This is also the time to be
listening to our local industries and businesses to find ways that we
can respond quickly to local needs. Tailored short courses and flexible
delivery options are a key part of the solution to meeting the needs of
people both in and out of employment" says Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Chief Executive, Dr. Alan Hampton.
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is well-placed to respond to changes in
industry demand with their regional focus, strong community networks
and strength in providing applied professional and vocational education
which is developed alongside industry.
"It’s important to understand where the needs lie before we develop
the solutions. We’re out there right now talking to our Local Advisory
Committees, industry cluster groups and economic support agencies to
develop a cohesive recession response package. This response packaged
is expected to be available within the month. If you’re interested
talking to us, please get in touch - we want to hear from you."
The recent nine day fortnight government initiative is a good start
to help ease our country through the recession. However, this will have
minimal benefit to the Western Bay of Plenty region since there are
only a few companies employing over 100 staff that meet the very
specific criteria for governmental resourcing.
"Our business sector is overwhelmingly comprised of small to medium
enterprises employing less than 10 staff. Rather than waiting for
Government to develop more initiatives for SMEs, we need to work
together to develop our own solutions, quickly. Our region has a strong
history of working together to find local solutions. The recession now
challenges us to pull together to form a comprehensive response
package" says Dr Hampton.
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