Education Minister Chris Hipkins today released an number of wide-ranging proposals for strengthening our polytechnics and institutes of technology.
These proposals will ensure school leavers get high quality training opportunities and are better equipped for the changing nature of work. They will also ensure employers get the skills they need from their employees.
At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke.
It’s time to reset the whole system and fundamentally rethink the way we view vocational education and training, and how it’s delivered.
The Coalition Government proposes to establish a unified, coordinated, national system of vocational education and training.
The proposals are:
- Redefined roles for education providers and industry bodies (Industry Training Organisations (ITOs)) to extend the leadership role of industry and employers;
- Bringing together the 16 existing ITPs as a one entity with the working title of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology with a robust regional network of provision; and
- A unified vocational education funding system.
The development of courses and programmes would be consolidated, improving consistency and freeing up resources to expand front-line delivery. There will be more sharing of expertise and best-practice, and more use of online, distance, and blended learning.
Our proposals aim to ensure that the system is easier to navigate and provides the skills that employers and employees need.