The government needs to address the country's skill shortage in the trade sector says Chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Kim Campbell.
From milking cows to latte-making, practical training in solid work skills is being served up at Kaikohe's Northland College.
The sector has welcomed some targets of the tertiary education provision from this year's Budget but pointed out many gaps as well.
A hundred international business students at the International College of New Zealand will be forced to start their studies all over again elsewhere - after the school lost accreditation for three of its business courses.
A few weeks ago more than 100 companies, led by the ASB Bank, issued an open letter declaring tertiary qualifications are not required for a range of roles within their workplaces.