Careers Services

The Bill proposes to transfer Careers New Zealand’s functions, staff and resources to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

All Careers New Zealand staff, with the exception of the Chief Executive will be offered employment by the TEC on equivalent terms and conditions. This will be done through an offer and acceptance process and staff will have one month to consider and seek advice on their new employment contracts.

Initially, all of Careers New Zealand’s functions will transfer to the TEC. However, following a six month transition period, during which the TEC will align its resources to undertake its new careers services, the TEC will adopt a more focused set of functions. These will be: 

  • to provide a publicly available careers information service that includes a database of information about occupations and tertiary education and training
  • to facilitate and strengthen the connections between schools, employers and tertiary education organisations, to ensure students are better prepared for employment and further education and training.

The resources CNZ currently provides to support schools to offer careers services to learners will be transferred to the schooling sector, as schools are better placed than Government to identify the expertise and professional development services they need to support careers services in their schools.

The Ministry will engage with the schooling sector to work out how best to utilise these resources to support the provision of careers services in schools and Communities of Learning.

Further information

How does the New Zealand Careers system work?

Careers services in New Zealand are provided by Government agencies, schools, tertiary education providers and some non-government organisations.

A broad range of publicly available and trusted careers information and advice is provided through the Careers New Zealand website, through other government websites such as,, and through online tools such as the Occupational Outlook application hosted by MBIE.

Schools are required to provide careers education and guidance for all students in year 7 and above, particularly for students at-risk. Schools employ careers advisors and also support students’ careers needs through government-funded programmes such as STAR and Gateway.

Who uses career services?

Many people use careers information, including:  young people and the people who support them; adults seeking a job or a career change; and schools and tertiary education providers.

Why is it important to have an effective careers system?

Students and young people need good, accessible information and advice to decide what career pathways they want to follow.

The Government’s vision is for a student-focused education system, underpinned by high quality information and with strong links to the world of work.

Why has the TEC been chosen as the new home for the Government’s careers information service?

The TEC is best able to work with tertiary providers and employers so that they, in turn, can provide better careers information to schools, and coordinate with schools on the skill needs of the labour market. Improving connections between educators and employers will help students to successfully make the transition to further study and employment. This move will also consolidate all of the information that users need in one place, and establish clear lines of accountability for the delivery of careers services.

How will Careers New Zealand staff be affected by the careers functions moving to the TEC?

All Careers New Zealand staff except the Chief Executive will transfer to the TEC on equivalent terms and conditions, through an offer and acceptance process. The Careers New Zealand Chief Executive role will not exist following the transfer to the TEC.

Following this transfer, the TEC will assess the resources it needs to undertake its new functions, and align its resources including staffing accordingly. Over time, this may result in changes to the location of staff and possibly some redundancies, but nothing will be decided about this without thorough consultation with staff and their representatives. Staff will receive more information about the transition and consultation processes in due course.

Where can I find more information about the proposals?

More infomation on the propsals can be found here.

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