Decisions on reforming vocational education

On 1 August 2019, the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced the Government’s decisions on the Reform of Vocational Education proposals. The reforms aim to create a strong, unified, sustainable system for all vocational education that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

The new system will have a stronger focus on employers, delivering the skills they need, providing more support for their employees, and ensuring greater consistency in vocational education across the country. Longer term, this will increase the number of employers who are engaged in vocational education.

Learners will receive more support while they are training, and vocational education that is more relevant to work. They will be able to move more easily between regions and between work-based and provider-based training, and will be able to continue training more easily if their employment situation changes.

Work-integrated learning will become an increasingly important part of the vocational education system, giving people the opportunity and flexibility to earn while they learn and gain an education that is more directly relevant to the changing needs of the workplace.

A unified vocational education system will bring together industry and educators to make sure New Zealand’s workforce is fit for today’s needs and tomorrow’s expectations. 

Read more about the Reform of Vocational Education pages on the Kōrero Mātauranga website including:

  • Summary of change decisions
  • Information sheets for learners, stakeholders and employers
  • Papers and briefings that relate to the Reform of Vocational Education
  • FAQs

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If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Reform of Vocational Education mailbox: Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz 

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