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 both work-based and off-the-job vocational learning and training right across the country.

With a working title of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, the Institute will be a unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, bringing together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics.

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).