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The national review of qualifications, led by NZQA, will result in a smaller number of relevant qualifications, which best fit industry needs.

Before the review, there were too many qualifications and some of them were no longer relevant or up to date. Employers want to know that qualifications contain skills and knowledge that will fit well for the future workforce, employers and clients.

Industry Training Organisation Careerforce has been given the role of leading the review of all qualifications for health, aged care, disability, social services and whanau ora.

“This is a big job and a really important one,” says Gill Genet, Careerforce’s General Manager Business Development. “To get this right we are working together with employers and experts from right across the sectors. They know what works and what is needed.”

“Through February and March we conducted 20 meetings across New Zealand with sector representatives. A significant theme across these meetings was the call for qualifications to take a more person-centered approach. We’ve been told qualifications should support trainees as best as possible within a skill level. Also qualifications must support interconnected skillsets across sectors.”

Careerforce will continue to work with industry through representative groups and ongoing consultation, and wants to encourage anyone interested to get involved.

Another strong message to all employers is do not stop training. “Definitely do not stop training and do not wait,” says Gill. “There will be no changes to training programmes until 2014, and no trainee should be disadvantaged as a result of the review.”

Updated on 6/07/2013