Another pledge card promise in doubt

Many apprentices ‘failing to finish’ – New Zealand news on Stuff.co.nz

Not only did we as taxpayers pay for the pledge cards it seems now that the promise for “Modern Apprentices” are failing in a spectacular fashion.

Figures made public suggest 46 per cent of those enrolled in 2001 and 2002 completed their training in the expected four years. In other words 54% are not completing, which is newspeak for failing.

The scheme is one of Labour’s pledge-card policies. More than $100 million has been committed to it since its launch in 2000. That would suggest that $54 million of it was complete and utter waste.

As at December 31, 9466 active modern apprentices were in training. The Government wants 14,000 by December, 2008. The government is coming up short on yet another promise.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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