Reform of Vocational Education


CONFIRMATION OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS - 17 DECEMBER 2019
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On 17 December 2019, the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, confirmed the structure of the Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), a key component of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education, designed to give industry greater leadership across vocational education and training.

Under the new system, the WDC responsibilities will include: providing skills leadership for their industries; providing advice to the Tertiary Education Commission on funding decisions; setting standards for qualifications, unit standards and other skill standards; endorsing programmes that lead to qualifications and providing employers with brokerage and advisory services. WDCs won’t be directly involved with arranging training.  

What will the new structure look like?

Six industry-led WDCs will be established:

  • Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology
  • Creative, Cultural and Recreation
  • Primary Industries
  • Service Industries
  • Health, Community and Social Services
  • Construction and Infrastructure.

MITO’s current industry coverage will sit within the Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology WDC, joining other industries that are currently supported by Competenz, NZMACITO, Primary ITO and Service IQ, plus some ICT qualifications developed by NZQA.

There will be no change to the services and support our employers, learners, industry associations and other key stakeholders receive from our organisation throughout the transition.

Next steps

Early next year there will be further engagement on the WDC establishment process supporting WDCs to identify their governance arrangements and Board appointment process.

MITO will work collaboratively with our industry representatives, Government officials, Competenz, NZMACITO, Primary ITO and Service IQ to ensure a seamless transition to the Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology WDC.

We will provide further updates as they come to hand.

Further information

The Minister’s media release PDF - 241 KB

Please email any questions you may have to: questions@mito.org.nz.

 

REFORM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION UPDATE - 1 August 2019
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On 1 August, the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, formally announced the outcomes of the proposed Reform of Vocational Education.

The objective of the new system is to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. 

The outcomes have a significant impact on how vocational education will be managed and delivered in the coming years, and your ongoing interaction with MITO.  

Summary of Changes

In summary:

  • The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) will be formed on 1 April 2020, with each of the 16 polytechnics becoming a subsidiary of the Institute for up to two years, before full consolidation. 
  • Commencing on 1 April 2020, four to seven Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will be formed. The standard-setting role will move from ITOs to the WDCs over the period of 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021.
  • ITO apprentices and learners will transition to the NZIST by 31 December 2022. Transition arrangements are likely to be phased. It is yet unknown when MITO’s transition will occur.

Below is documentation from the Government relating to today’s announcement.

RoVE Decisions Brochure Summary of Changes 1 Aug 2019 PDF - 1.1 MB

RoVE Decisions Detailed Summary of Changes 1 August 2019 PDF - 592 KB

Infosheet Trainees and Apprentices Reform of Vocational Education PDF - 391 KB

What’s next?

The Minister has emphasised that the reforms will take time and the transition will be carefully managed. So, it’s business as usual for the MITO team! 

We will continue to promote our training programmes and career pathways to ensure our industries gain new talent and qualified people, and we will remain totally focused on supporting our learners, employers, secondary schools and other stakeholders. You will remain our top priority as we move through the transition to the new vocational education system.

Email us your questions

We encourage you to email any questions you may have to: questions@mito.org.nz.