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As part of the wider national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reforming the vocational education and training system. This is one of the four “big reviews” that form part of the Education Work Programme.

The Reform of Vocational Education brings together the original Review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system, led by the Ministry of Education, and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) Roadmap 2020, led by the Tertiary Education Commission, which looked at ways to secure a sustainable future for New Zealand’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

Consultation is now closed

The consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education proposals closed on 5 April 2019.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend an event or meeting, to complete the online survey, or to send in a submission. In total we received over 1,500 submissions. We attended almost 200 events and meetings all across New Zealand, listening to your feedback and thoughts on the proposals and getting a clearer picture of what you hold dear in relation to the vocational education system.

What happens now?

All submissions are being carefully considered and final recommendations are being developed. These will be presented to Cabinet for decision by mid – 2019, after which an announcement is likely to be made. Exact dates are still to be confirmed. Once all feedback has been considered by Government, a summary document will be made available to the general public. 

There will be ongoing engagement with the sector, iwi, Māori, industry and all invested communities throughout all stages of the change process.

I’m a learner/apprentice – what happens to me?

If you are already studying, then nothing will change for you in 2019. You will still receive a recognised qualification at the end of your studies. All the support that’s available to you as a learner or apprentice will still be available going forward. Depending on the outcome of the proposals, it is possible that if you enrol in ITP courses in 2019 or 2020 you could have your qualification awarded by the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology rather than the institution you’ve enrolled with, but we will keep you informed throughout any possible transition.

If you are an international student, you can enrol at any of New Zealand’s ITPs with confidence, knowing that our education and immigration systems will continue to support you with your study – whatever form our ITPs take.

If you are thinking of enrolling, you can continue to do so. You will still receive a first-class education whether you are a domestic or international learner.

I work for an ITO or ITP – what about me?

If you work for an ITO or an ITP then nothing will change for you in 2019. There is still a need for people to support, educate and train learners and apprentices. Any decisions will not change what you do overnight so we need people to keep doing what they do well – educating learners and supporting educational delivery. We will keep everyone well informed about what is happening throughout any possible transition.