Chris Hipkins said Whitireia would have had to close its doors this month without a cash injection from the government.
New Zealand's biggest polytechnic, Unitec, plans to lay off at least 100 staff and close 19 courses next year as it battles a financial crisis.
Chief executive of the Primary ITO, Linda Sissons says an extra 50,000 primary sector qualified workers will be needed by 2025 to meet the Government’s growth demands.
The new Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work scheme will encourage employers to take on young people on a benefit and help them work towards a Level 4 qualification.
Industries are welcoming the Government's announcement that micro-credentials will be recognised as part of New Zealand's qualifications system as they will help fill skill-driven shortages in the workplace.
Two new online qualifications help provide a new pathway for aspiring sport and recreation leaders.
Polytechs need to improve their training courses for the disadvantaged says Gus Gilmore.