Vocational Training

Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)

Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)

Earlier this month there was an announcement regarding the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)

One of the aims is to create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST): A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, merging 16 polytechnics and 11 Industry Training Organisations

The new institute comes into being on 1 April 2020. These changes aim to create a vocational education system that is ready for a fast-changing future of skills, learning and work.

They intend to create Workforce Development Councils: Around four to seven industry-governed bodies, to give industry greater leadership across vocational education.

Also they wish to shift the role of supporting workplace learning from ITOs to providers: The new Institute and other providers would support workplace-based, on-the-job training as well as delivering education and training in provider-based, off-the-job settings, to achieve seamless integration between the settings and to be well connected with the needs of industry.

For people who are already studying, nothing will change for them in 2019. They will still receive a recognised qualification at the end of their studies. All the support that is available to them as a learner or apprentice will still be available going forward. It is possible that if a person enrols in an ITP (Institute of Technology and Polytechnic) course in 2019 or 2020 they could have their qualifications awarded by the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology rather than the institution they enrolled with – depending on the outcome of the proposals.

As the new system rolls out, students, apprentices and trainees will have more access to high-quality workplace learning and employer networks in addition to off-the-job study. You will be able to move between on-the-job and off-the-job study more easily, and transfer to another region in New Zealand without affecting the qualification or credential you’re training toward.

If someone is thinking of enrolling, they can continue to do so. They will still receive a first-class education whether they are a domestic or international learner.