The chief executive of one of New Zealand’s polytechnics is concerned that institutions will lose their ability to innovate, be responsive and take risks if the proposed reforms for New Zealand’s ITP sector go ahead. By Jude Barback.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says we need a vocational education system that seamlessly delivers training needed by industry regardless of whether that training is delivered on the job or through a provider. But others doubt the proposed reforms will achieve this goal. By Jude Barback.
Lyall Lukey, Convener of Education Leaders Forum 2019 Digital Divides, Dividends & Dangers, argues that while there are undoubtedly big system and funding issues to address in the vocational education and training sector, the centralisation concept announced on 13 February is not the most effective way forward.
In the final part of a four-part series, Professor Martin Thrupp and Dr Katrina McChesney from the University of Waikato suggest the Taskforce's report should be re-read in a more constructive way.
In the third part of a four-part series, Professor Martin Thrupp and Dr Katrina McChesney from the University of Waikato analyse the Taskforce's recommendations.
In the second part of a four-part series, Professor Martin Thrupp and Dr Katrina McChesney from the University of Waikato consider the 'framing' of the taskforce's report.
It took a crisis for New Zealand’s vocational education system to work effectively, with ITPs and ITOs working collaboratively during the rebuild after the Canterbury earthquakes. In order to ensure the two parts of the system work well together going forward, it is essential to have a new funding system that recognises all the elements of vocational education. By Roger Smyth.
Schools and communities say the funding for youth mental health initiatives needs to be directed to them directly to so that programmes suit the specific needs of their young people. By Ruby Harfield.
While the unions are delighted to see an end signalled to the “bums on seats, market-driven” approach to vocational education, industry training organisations (ITOs) believe the Government’s proposals to reform the vocational education system are potentially destructive to an on-job training system in New Zealand that is “humming”.