The Establishment Unit has been set up to lay the ground work and infrastructure for the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST) and its national network.
The NZIST (a working name) will come into existence when the final legislation is passed and takes effect (intended to be 1 April 2020). If passed as described, it 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.
It will do this best when its work reflects co-design with learners, employers, communities and staff; partnership with iwi and Māori organisations and Te Taumata Aronui; and engagement with Regional Skills Leadership Groups, schools and tertiary education providers; Workforce Development Councils and transitional Industry Training Organisations.
The Establishment Board has been put in place by the Minister of Education to develop plans and provide advice to put the foundations in place for the long-term sustainability of the NZIST, to achieve the best vocational education outcomes for learners and employers.