NZIM: A Legacy for Youth Employment; the New Zealand Institute of Management Is Concerned about the Impact and Implications of the Government's Latest Industry Training and Youth Unemployment Policies
Byline: Reg Birchfield
New Zealand governments and educators have made a generally poor fist of preparing the nation's youth for the workforce. The errors are not unique to us. Even a cursory look at the United States, Britain and other European economies provides stark evidence of the growing disenfranchisement of school leavers.
Being young is difficult to avoid and besides, the problem rests less with our youth than with their parents, educators, careers advisors, some employers and politicians. This combination of influencers is frequently conflicted and confused about how to tackle the task of preparing future generations for life and work. The confusion is worsening in direct relation to the increasing complexity of work options and instability of world economies.
No government could, therefore, leave a more profoundly useful legacy than to create a learning environment with policy settings that prepare school leavers for a meaningful work life. For its part, NZIM is concerned that today's workforce entrants are tomorrow's managers and …
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Publication information: Article title: NZIM: A Legacy for Youth Employment; the New Zealand Institute of Management Is Concerned about the Impact and Implications of the Government's Latest Industry Training and Youth Unemployment Policies. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: New Zealand Management. Publication date: October 2011. Page number: 12. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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