Tough road to recovery for private training sector

5:32 pm on 1 March 2011

Private training establishments in Christchurch say rebuilding their businesses will be a tough task.

At least 60 staff and students from the King's Education language school are still missing following the collapse of the CTV building, in which it was based.

International students - including those at private language schools and on high school homestays - contribute $269 million a year to the regional economy.

Rob McKay, managing director of the Christchurch College of Education, says the wage subsidy package announced by Prime Minister John Key on Monday will help local language schools stay afloat.

But he says government support will also be needed to help market Christchurch as an education destination.

Mr McKay says it is vital the sector gets good numbers of students returning to Christchurch quickly.

The Christchurch College of Education has temporarily moved to the Burnside Bowling Club.

The sector manager for international education at the Canterbury Development Corporation, Trish Leddy, says a sector planning meeting - which will also be attended by officials from the Ministry of Education and the Qualifications Authority - will be held on Wednesday.