Government announces proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education

On 13 February 2019 the Minister of Education launched the public consultation on the Government’s proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education. These proposals aim to create an accessible, affordable, flexible and high quality vocational education system that will provide learners with the training they need in a rapidly changing world.

Consultation will run over the next six weeks, until 27 March 2019.

The consultation is being run jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and is being led by TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.

“I encourage everyone with an interest in education in this country to take part in this consultation. We will be holding regional events throughout the country and look forward to talking about the proposals and listening to your feedback,” said Tim Fowler.

Following consultation, Cabinet will decide on the proposed changes mid-2019, with a view to legislation being introduced later this year.

Throughout the consultation students, both domestic and international, can continue to enrol and study in quality-assured programmes across New Zealand. Courses will continue, qualifications will be awarded and recognised, there is no impact from this on fees free study, fees are not going up due to the proposals, and international students’ visa status will not change.

The TEC and the Ministry will work with industry, Industry Training Organisations and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) sector to design the details of the new system and manage the transition to minimise the impact on learners and staff.

Please see the Reform of Vocational Education page on Kōrero Mātauranga for further information about the consultation including:

  • Consultation documents, including factsheets
  • Engagement events
  • Papers and briefings that relate to the Reform of Vocational Education
  • FAQs

An online survey will also be available soon though the Kōrero Mātauranga website.

Contact Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz or 0800 462 543 if you have questions or need assistance.

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