Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced a new structure for vocational education & training yesterday, continuing a reshaping of trade training affecting polytechnics.
The Government will establish 6 industry-led workforce development councils which will take over some of the key functions of the current industry training organisations (ITOs).
The other current role of ITOs – the responsibility for day-to-day support for apprenticeships & other on-the-job training – will shift from ITOs to the Institute of Skills & Technology & other providers such as wananga & private training establishments.
What’s next? Further engagement with industry, relevant stakeholders & industry training organisations on the workforce development councils’ establishment process.
Mr Hipkins said the Government would establish transitional ITOs on 1 April to maintain current ITO capability until the new councils are established and a provider has taken on their responsibilities for arranging training.
“The establishment of workforce development councils will be enabled by the passing of the Education (Vocational Education & Training Reform) Amendment Bill. There will then be a transition period until 31 December 2022, to allow time for functions to transfer to the new councils & providers.
“We’ve assured the vocational & education sector that implementing these changes will not be rushed and we will build a phased, gradual transition process to minimise disruption.”
The 6 new councils’ areas of coverage will be:
- Construction & infrastructure
- Primary industries
- Service industries
- Health, community & social services
- Manufacturing, engineering, logistics & technology, and
- Creative, cultural & recreation.
Attribution: Ministerial release.