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.