Passing of Vocational Education and Training Bill marks important milestone

The Reform of Vocational Education has taken a major step forward with the third reading of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill.

The Bill, which takes effect on 1 April 2020:

  • Gives industry greater leadership across vocational education and training by establishing Workforce Development Councils (WDCs)
  • Establishes the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), which will bring together all 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) to provide, arrange and support vocational education and training across the country
  • Introduces a new regulatory framework for vocational education and training.

“This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise the process of creating a strong, unified, sustainable system to set us up to respond to skills shortages and prepare for the future of work,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

“With these changes we’re bringing together a coherent system of on-the-job apprenticeships and off-the-job training.

“We’re creating a system that is simple to understand and navigate, responsive to the needs of learners and employers, and flexible enough to keep changing and evolving as the world around us changes and evolves,” Chris Hipkins says.

RoVE updates are available on the Tertiary Education Commission website.

RoVE updates – TEC website(external link)

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