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Rescue plan for polytechnics becomes huge upheaval for apprentices and industry training too

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.

Drastic changes for polytechs and ITOs

Today’s vocational education reform announcements spell major change and disruption for New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).

Polytech overhaul welcomed

Education Minister Chris Hipkins will be unveiling the Government's plans for significant reforms to our polytechnics and institutes of technology today.

Chris Hipkins says National is scaremongering over job losses

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.

Government polytechnic reforms would see 1000 job losses, National says

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.

Hands-on learning hooks students into local job options

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.

Polytechs brace for change

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.

Hipkins: “Great outcome for Telford students”

The Telford campus of Taratahi Agricultural Centre has been spared for at least another 12 months thanks to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) who will take over the campus.

PM Jacinda Ardern announces $100m regional employment scheme to focus on Māori, Pasifika people

The Government is ploughing more than $100 million into regional employment, focused on Māori and Pasifika people, in another series of announcements made in the lead-up to Waitangi Day.

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.
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