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Strong and mixed reactions to the proposed vocational education reforms

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”.

Government aims for $1 billion cuts to ‘low-priority’ spending, clip fees-free scheme

The Government has reallocated almost $200 million from the fees-free policy as part of Finance Minister Grant Robertson's push to cull $1 billion of low-priority spending.

Opinion: Josh Williams – Skills done right

As the Government prepares to release proposals to reform New Zealand’s vocational education and training (VET) system, Industry Training Federation chief executive Josh Williams emphasises that the vocational education system must work together to meet the current and emerging needs of industry.

ITO applies for judicial review of ROVE consultation period

Skills Active Aotearoa is filing for a Judicial Review challenging the seven-week consultation period for the Reform of Vocational Education which the industry training organisation describes as "rushed and disrespectful".

Whakawhanaungatanga: redefining pastoral care

Reflecting on the recent Māori tertiary education hui, Tuia te ako, Turaukawa Bartlett said delegates discussed the need to re-situate Māori hauora as the fundamental element and pre-determinant to learning success.

RoVE presents challenges and opportunities for tertiary educators

Recent developments in the tertiary sector and the Government’s proposal to merge 16 polytechnics has created a new challenge for tertiary educators to upskill themselves and focus on providing work-integrated learning for students. There...

“It shouldn’t matter where training is delivered” – Hipkins

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.

Major changes for vocational education confirmed

Under major changes to New Zealand’s vocational education system announced today, industry training organisations will be replaced by industry-led councils and polytechnics with operate as a single campus network. By Jude Barback.

Students wait for refunds after NZQA closes NZ Institute of Technical Training (NITT)

Students at a private Manukau business school are still waiting for refunds after the school was closed by the NZ Qualifications Authority.

Tackling literacy concerns in the workplace

Poor literacy, language, and numeracy skills are a big concern for many New Zealand workplaces. Here we look at the initiatives industry training organisations, learning centres, and the Government are taking to get on top of literacy concerns.
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