Have Your Say – Public Submissions Close Friday 5 April

We encourage you to digest the material which has been made available (see below), to assess the potential implications for you and your organisation, and also encourage you to have your say which you can do directly via a form on our website, or via the public consultation.

Please feel free to contact Careerforce with your ideas and thoughts, just email

Please check out the quick video that captures the key points.

What is the VET reform about?

Education Minister Chris Hipkins released a proposal for consultation on 13 Feb 2019 to reform Vocational Education & Training (VET). The proposal has drawn significant media coverage.

The proposal makes three recommendations:

1/ Redefining the roles of education providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITO’s), and creating new Industry Skills Bodies
2/ Merging the 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP’s) into one Institute of Skills & Technology (IST)
3/ Creating a unified vocational education funding system

You can read more about it here.

Download Careerforce VET Overview

What does it mean for employers, trainees and apprentices?

This is a proposal that has been put out for consultation, and which has caused significant consternation from many parties.

For Careerforce, and for our employers, trainees and apprentices, it remains business as usual, and we can make an absolute commitment to you that existing and new trainees will not be detrimentally affected regardless of outcomes. Any training programmes will be completed, and qualifications awarded.

Should the proposal proceed as outlined, the outcome is that current ITO trainees and apprentices (approx. 140,000) will be transitioned across to the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology entity. This would not be for some time down the track.

What does it mean for Careerforce?

We are still working to understand the proposed reforms and what they mean for Careerforce.

We will keep you updated as more information comes in.

Where can I find more information?

Careerforce communications to employers

Education Minister’s press release

Government’s information for learners

Government’s information for employers