Some 16 New Zealand educational institutions will be facing a merger after the Education Ministry announced that a new major institution will be put up.
NZ Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced some changes that would give the industry larger control over all aspects of vocational education and training and make the system more responsive to employers’ needs and to the changing world of work.
16 New Zealand institutions to merge from April 2020
Given this, New Zealand’s 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics will operate as one single national campus network beginning April 1, 2020.
It was unclear how the new institution will be funded but the government has already committed help to meet cash flow problems as well as costs of transition. Hipkins said that a total of $200 million had been set aside for contingency.
The new institution, which was yet to be named, will form out of the 16 New Zealand institutions to merge and would have its head office either in Auckland or Wellington.
Likewise, at least four to seven industry-governed Workforce Development Councils will be established by 2022 which will replace and expand most of the existing roles of industry training organisations.
New regional skills leadership groups will represent regional interests and will work across education, immigration and welfare systems in each region to identify local skill needs ensure that the system will deliver the right mix of education and training to meet them.
NZ Centres of Vocational Excellence to be established
Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) will also be established at regional campuses to drive innovation and expertise, and improve linkages between education, industry and research.
Hipkins said implementation to the changes would not be rushed, saying that transition period will likely go for three to four years.
“Learners should enrol in the education provider of their choice as they normally would in 2019 and 2020, including in multi-year programmes, and I encourage people in the workplace to keep training and employers to encourage more workers to sign up.”
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