Reform of Vocational Education

Skills Active is an active voice in the reform of vocational education. We are excited about the big opportunities contained in the reform, to expand and strengthen vocational training services for our industries.

The Reform of Vocational Education aims to build a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system, with a stronger focus on delivering skills for employers.

The reform has seven key planks. The two that most directly affect the industry training sector are:

moving the work of arranging on-the-job training from ITOs to the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and other training providers

moving the work of setting standards and developing qualifications from ITOs to newly created Workforce Development Councils.

Want a brief run-down? Here's a one-page info sheet on the reform. You can also view this and other key documents related to our work on the reform, at the bottom of this page.

Transition of arranging training

Skills Active supports some 6,500 people every year in working towards nationally recognised qualifications. In the reform, this is referred to as the "arranging training function". 

Our overarching role is to ensure that people working in sport, recreation and performing arts workforce have the skills to drive successful New Zealand businesses, and support the social, physical and cultural wellbeing of Kiwi communities.

By arranging for the national provision of workplace-based training, we support our industries to have a coherent, tailored system of training aligned to each of their unique sets of circumstances.

The reforms seeks to hand this function over to the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) in a carefully managed transition. We are working closely with the Tertiary Education Commission, and the NZIST and other providers on this transition.

Latest news: Discussion document and survey

We have developed a discussion document for stakeholders to consider the transition options and let us know their preference on how to manage the transition of arranging training. We need your feedback to get the transition right! Please click the links and get involved. 

Read the discussion document

Complete the survey

 

Transition of standard setting and skills leadership

Skills Active and its fellow industry training organisations create standards and qualifications, and provide skills leadership, driven by industry

The government is creating six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) to take over this role. 

The six WDCs are organised into industry groupings: Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics; Primary Industries; Services; Health, Community and Social Services; and Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology - which includes Skills Active's industries.

Skills Active led the 2019 consultation on the Creative, Cultural and Recreation WDC, and sent out a discussion document for stakeholders across these coverage areas. We are excited about the opportunity for our industries to have a greater voice through this body, and we are working with TEC to hand over our standard setting and skills leadership functions.

Latest news: Establishing the Workforce Development Councils

In the context of the impact of Covid-19 on the New Zealand economy, the government has opted to accelerate this aspect of the reform. The WDCs will now be nominally in place by October 2020.

The Education Minister has also made a late change to the makeup of the Creative, Cultural and Recreation WDC, adding Technology/ICT. This is an important change which increases the scope of our industry grouping. While this may give the council a stronger voice overall, there is a risk that the voices of sport and recreation are lost among other government-targeted areas like creative and technology.

The government also recently announced the members of the "interim establishment board" (iEB) for our WDC. It's great to see Victoria Spackman, one of our performing arts industry partners, and Richard Beddie, our exercise industry partner, on this diverse board. We will be working closely with our iEB to ensure our industry voices are championed throughout the process. 

Other key planks of the reform

The reform has a number of other key changes. Click the links at right to access the latest information on these, provided by the Tertiary Education Commission.

The New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology will be created by bringing together the existing 16 polytechs.
Regional Skills Leadership Groups will advise on the skill needs of their regions to TEC, WDCs, and local vocational education providers.
Te Taumata Aronui, a Māori advisory body, will serve to ensure that the reform reflects the government’s commitment to Māori-Crown partnerships.
A number of Centres of Vocational Excellence will work across the NZIST, providers, WDCs, industry experts and researchers, to strengthen vocational education provision in various practice areas.
A unified funding system will apply across all provider-based and work-integrated education at sub-degree levels, and all industry training.

Talk to us

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Key documents