A re-elected National-led government will allocate an additional $40 million to further boost engineering places and double the number of engineering graduates to at least match OECD averages, National Party Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment spokesman Steven Joyce says.
The announcement is part of National's commitment to increase the availability of skilled people and meet the skills needs of innovative New Zealand companies so they can grow and succeed on the world stage.
"We have dramatically improved the performance of the whole tertiary education system by focusing on results rather than just enrolments," Mr Joyce says. "Now is the time to bring the same unrelenting focus to supplying the skills that our innovative hi-tech companies need."
Mr Joyce says the new engineering commitment will build on the Government's previous investment of $52 million over four years in Budgets 2012 and 2013 to lift the number of engineering graduates at level five and above from New Zealand institutions by 500 by 2017.