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”.
A rescue plan for financially struggling polytechnics has turned into an upheaval for the whole industry training system in the Government's latest radical plan for education.
Education Minister Chris Hipkins says proposals to reform the "broken" vocational education sector could mean job losses, but it is irresponsible to speculate that 1000 people would lose their jobs.
The National Party says the Government's plans to reform polytechnics and institutes of technology will lead to 1000 job losses, a radical centralised model, and the closure of polytechnics in the regions.
Going on to tertiary studies after leaving school isn’t always the best option for all senior students, and Queen Charlotte College in Marlborough is finding its hands-on training in aquaculture is perfect for students with a practical bent and a passion for the outdoors.
As the institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) sector readies itself for potential major consolidation, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) has called for the Government to significantly increase funding to the sector and to prioritise the needs of staff and students.