ATNZ appoints new CEO to drive future vision

Apprentice Training New Zealand (ATNZ) has announced Rebecca Smith to the newly-created position of chief executive officer to lead the Group Training Organisation (GTO) organisation into its new exciting phase.

ATNZ Board chair John Blakey says Smith has a wealth of experience and expertise, vital to leading the GTO which from August 2 became a standalone entity, separate from Industry Training Organisation Competenz, with which it has partnered closely since 2010.

“Rebecca brings strong strategic leadership combined with an impressive career in marketing and business.”

ATNZ is the country’s largest employer of apprentices in mechanical engineering and related industries. As a GTO, ATNZ places their 360-plus apprentices into “host” companies where they work and learn their trade.

As well as the separation from Competenz, part of the government’s ongoing Reform of Vocational Education, Blakey says ATNZ has an exciting vision for the future. The GTO will expand to also become a vibrant and commercially independent Private Training Establishment within the next two years.