I suspect that’s because an opinion doesnï¿½t have to be founded on certainty or proof. So I could say anything I liked here and it wouldnï¿½t really matter because itï¿½s only an opinion. Right?
Well no. As I am writing as chief executive of Printing Industries NZ and PAITC you would be right to expect something well thought out, something rational and considered, if not beyond proof.
The Board’s of Printing Industries NZ and PAITC have recently decided that there should be a closer working relationship between their respective organisations. They can’t prove that such an arrangement will benefit the industry but a scrutiny of their decision is very persuasive.
Consider the following:
- The two organisations serve the same industry.
- The two organisations already share the same office space.
- The two organisations are both required to conduct research on the industry and analyse its implications. (Witness, the recent Skill Shortages Survey conducted jointly by both organisations).
- The two organisations are both expected to provide leadership to the industry and lobby Government and others on its behalf.
- The two organisations are both responsible for promoting the industry and marketing their respective services.
What is different is their specific functions. Printing Industries NZ is an employer organisation providing a range of services to its members. PAITC is a skill development body providing training to the industry. But if the two organisations can work closer on those activities they share, combining their information, knowledge and expertise, then the Boards decision has created an opportunity for delivery of better services and training to the industry.
And in my opinion that’s got be of benefit to the industry.