David Thompson Posted:
So very, very true. It beggars belief that we consider ourselves to be a developed nation when so much of our economy is based on selling milk powder or logs. BTW, I own a Plinius amplifier (my second) that drives a set of Theophany speakers.
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David Thompson Posted:
A robust but sobering report. It concerns me that confidence is rising, yet sales and exports are down and "manufacturers and exporters are still lagging behind other sectors". Surely we should wait until we're earning more money before we start spending more?
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siemens Posted:
Yes true! The only thing that will never die in this world is the nature and its science behind it. Great post.
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Kieran Ormandy Posted:
Thanks for the question Steven, Germany has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2009, and Switzerland has had stable manufacturing employment between 2006 – 2011, even in the face of ongoing Euro-zone issues. Korea has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2008 and Israel experienced large increases since 1998, while being stable over the last 4 years. Singapore has had increases in manufacturing employment over the last two years. These countries all value their manufacturing sectors and work to protect them, this is reflected in the above numbers and their performance through the GFC. Note data around the above examples was sourced from OECD labour market stats.
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John Walley Posted:
Point one: you should have no doubt what our Association says publically represent the views of our members. Point two: we don’t knee jerk responses, if you trace back our comments around NZPower you will see them link all the way back to our research in 2004 and 2005. All that material is fully linked from our comments above. Point three: you will note our comments on major users, sadly the same advantage does not accrue to smaller industrial users. The perverse incentives of the LRMC approach in all this are well known. Point four: the NZMEA is not like any other Association in New Zealand we admit only manufacturers and exporters into membership, and our public expressions are the views of that restricted membership.
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Got A Trade Week Highlights Opportunities in Trades and Manufacturing

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Got A Trade Week is highlighting the vast opportunities for people with trades skills in New Zealand, across a range of industries. The engineering and manufacturing sectors have a number of skill shortages that exist now and are set to increase into the future, meaning opportunities for well-paid jobs for those with trade skills, and for students making decisions on their education, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “The Got A Trade, Got It Made campaign has been doing a great job highlighting the prospects in trades, culminating in the Got A Trade week.

“With an aging population of workers in manufacturing, there will continue to be skill shortages in well-paid jobs. It is estimated that in four years manufacturing will need 40,000 workers. Jobs in manufacturing earn higher weekly wages than the average of all industries, both in median and average terms.

“Just as importantly, career opportunities in manufacturing are more varied and provide more opportunities than in many other professions. Quite a few of today’s leaders and owners of our manufacturing companies started their working life as trades apprentices.

“Many young people today are looking not only for well-paid and exciting jobs, they also want to do something meaningful. There is something deeply satisfying in a job where you create something tangible with your own hands and creativity – often on the controls of a sophisticated machine – that is destined to play an important role in the lives of people in our key export markets.

“With increasing discussions around the level of immigration into New Zealand, one vital point that cannot be forgotten is the need to grow and nurture our own talent. To do so we must improve our education outcomes, making sure the needs and opportunities within industry are matched by training and education. There are times when immigration is a vital component of meeting skill shortages, especially in the shorter term - but we also have a responsibility to train and up-skill our people, making the most of their talent and potential to provide a better future with higher incomes and productivity. This will need to start with parents, careers advisors and others to provide the right guidance to young people in their early teenage years, and employers and tertiary education providers investing in and offer training that prepares school leavers for a rewarding career in manufacturing.

“Got A Trade week is a great way to showcase the vast opportunities through trades education that are sometimes overlooked.” says Dieter. 

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