Purpose and key question: This report presents new statistics on the extent to which industry trainees leave and return to New Zealand. For New Zealand industry trainees who completed a qualification in either 2003 or 2004, it examines their migration patterns of the subsequent 7 years post-completion.

We are interested in better understanding the extent to which industry trainees leave New Zealand after completing their study and therefore do not contribute to New Zealand's human capital. There are concerns that some types of industry trainees (for example, those who have trained to work in the building industry)are attracted to Australia, and the skills they accumulate are therefore lost to the New Zealand economy. Knowing the extent to which this happens can help us better understand the factors associated with availability of different types of skills. This is a particularly important issue currently as building companies seek skilled labour for the Canterbury rebuild.

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