Vocational Education and Training Reform

The government has released a proposal to reform apprenticeships and industry training – and this affects you.

On 13 February the government released a proposal to establish a unified, co-ordinated, national system of vocational education and training.

The proposals will:

  • Redefine the roles of education providers and industry training organisations like Competenz, and extend the leadership role of industry and employers across all vocational education through new Industry Skills Bodies
  • Create an institution, with the working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, bringing together the 16 public institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) as a single entity 
  • Create a unified vocational education funding system, removing barriers to collaboration and flexibility, ensuring a sustainable network of provision, and supporting the wider reforms.

The consultation period closes on 27 March, and we are working closely with Competenz on our submission. 


More information

Competenz statement

Reform of Vocational Education - consultation discussion document

Information for Competenz apprentices and trainees

Have your say via Competenz