On 1 August 2019, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the Government’s decisions on the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposals. One of the seven key changes is to create a new kind of organisation that will provide work-based, off-the-job, and online vocational learning and training right across the country.

With a working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, the Institute will be a sustainable, national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training. It will start by bringing together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, and over time will develop the capability to support work-based, provider-based and online learning in a unified system.

If the legislation(external link) is passed as described, the Institute will be New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider. It will have the national and regional reach required to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries, enabling learners and employers to move between workplaces and other educational offerings and between locations as their needs change.

The Institute will be equipped to do this best when its work reflects partnership with iwi and Māori organisations and Te Taumata Aronui; close relationships with learners, employers, communities and staff; and engagement with Regional Skills Leadership Groups, schools and tertiary education providers, Workforce Development Councils and transitional Industry Training Organisations.

For current information on the wider RoVE programme, visit the Tertiary Education Commission website(external link).

For background information on RoVE, visit the conversation on Kōrero Mātauranga(external link).