Last updated 20 May 2020
The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) represents a generational change in how vocational training is delivered in New Zealand, and will create a stronger, more unified, and sustainable vocational education system. The transition to the new system is not expected to be completed until December 2022, and we are committed to keeping all stakeholders informed of progress throughout. Please check this page regularly for updates.
Support the Establishment of Workforce Development Councils, Expressions of Interest Now Sought
The recent Government announcement signalled a big step forward for the vocational education and training system, with the decision to fast-track establishment of the six new Workforce Development Councils by the target date of October 2020, ahead of the original target of mid-2021.
We encourage you to consider an involvement in the interim Establishment Board (iEB) for the Health, Community and Social Services Workforce Development Council (or the Services WDC for our cleaning employers). It is critical that these new entities are industry led.
The establishment of six workforce development councils is a key element of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). For the sectors that we currently represent, this includes one for Health, Community and Social Services, while the cleaning sector will fall within the new Services WDC.
Six skills-based WDC interim Establishment Boards (iEB’s), made up of industry members, will be appointed in June 2020 to help stand up the WDCs. iEB members will be appointed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) through an Expression of Interest (EoI) process, running 18 May – 2 June.
The TEC is particularly looking for experienced individuals from industry who have the following skills:
- Strong connections to industry – people whose application is supported by their industry association, membership body, advisory group, employer collective, Māori employer and industry groups, transitional Industry Training Organisation or other wider stakeholder groups.
- Governance experience – industry leaders who have experience, and are comfortable in being part of a ‘working board’ and have a working knowledge of governance structures and arrangements.
- Good communication and collaboration skills.
- Knowledge of skills development and vocational education.
We strongly encourage you to consider how you could contribute to the establishment of either the Health, Community, and Social Services WDC, or the Services WDC. To review the criteria, better understand what would be involved, and to apply via the EoI form, go to the TEC website. Expressions of interest are open until 9am, Tuesday 2 June.
To find out more about WDCs, check out this TEC video.