The Government wants more options for secondary students to learn trades at school and for tertiary institutions to better equip them for jobs.
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will step up a push to ensure high school students have more opportunities to learn trades and practical skills in schools and training centres.
Mr Key also wants to see better value for taxpayers and employers from the tertiary education budget. The courses offered must be high-quality and relevant to the job market, he says.
The Post Primary Teachers Association says however that if students specialise too soon, they could compromise their broader education.