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July 1, 2016

Pour encourager les autres

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:10 am

Via Stuff:

A Wellington employment training centre has had its Government contract abruptly pulled because it did not focus on placing people in the hospitality, aged care and call centre sectors.

The Newtown-based Bowerman School is seeking a review after it was forced to close last week – a day after the Ministry of Social Development informed chief executive Sue Bowerman it’s contract would not be renewed.

In two separate letters, the Ministry told Bowerman her programme had “no evidence of extensive links with employers” and was “not industry specific”.

It praised the company as having “good relationship management” practices, but said a different provider had been chosen and was “judged to provide greater value for money, due to more relevant experience and evidence demonstrated”.

Sounds like National’s fundraising for the election campaign has kicked into gear.


  1. I dunno. Looking at their website, I reckon this school has paid the price for teaching touchy feely stuff like how to be interviewed, putting together useful CVs and general life skills. Who needs that stuff? Conventional wisdom and the tried-and-tested WINZ approach would suggest that people should be punished for being out of work because, you know, they’re not trying hard enough.

    Comment by McNulty — July 1, 2016 @ 9:49 am

  2. ^ or possibly because the predominant focus is on running courses about arts & crafts.

    Comment by Richard Williams — July 1, 2016 @ 10:05 am

  3. Richard – at least that’s inventiveness and creativity is consistent with a lot of CVs I see in the tech sector.

    Comment by Gregor W — July 1, 2016 @ 10:11 am

  4. Gregor – quite possibly but not everyone is going to be a .Net developer so there is a place for training that is directly related to the demand areas in employment i.e. say hospo and call centrein WGN, rather than say, screen printing and fashiion design.

    Comment by Richard Williams — July 1, 2016 @ 10:28 am

  5. is this more likely because it wasnt placing people in jobs ? ie didnt “focus on placing people in the hospitality, aged care and call centre sector”
    The reality I have heard from people who have dealings with similar work brokers is they have high staff turnover ( they probably make their employees as independent contractors), meetings are often cancelled at the last minute. Their work brokers primary mission is to find themselves a new job.

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — July 1, 2016 @ 10:48 am

  6. @ Richard #4 – I missed the mark. I meant to imply there is a lot of “inventiveness” in the majority of CVs I see.

    Comment by Gregor W — July 1, 2016 @ 11:07 am

  7. Gregor – I did wonder if thats what you were meaning. Fake it till you make it…

    Comment by Richard Williams — July 1, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

  8. “Sounds like National’s fundraising for the election campaign has kicked into gear.”


    We’ve got heeps enough already!

    Comment by Adolf Fiinkensein — July 1, 2016 @ 3:22 pm

  9. Sorry can someone just say “call centre sector” again for me…

    Comment by Michael — July 1, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

  10. This as bad a scandal as that Niue Hotel thing. Let’s hope for the sake of his bank account Andrew Little doesn’t find any inspiration here.

    Comment by Richard — July 1, 2016 @ 7:15 pm

  11. Richard, the school’s website doesn’t mention anything about arts and crafts other than making CVs. Do you have any info suggesting otherwise?

    Comment by AVR — July 2, 2016 @ 9:44 pm

  12. (to Richard Williams #4, not the Richard immediately above if they’re different)

    Comment by AVR — July 2, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

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