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The establishment of six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) is a key element of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). For the sectors that Careerforce currently represents, this includes one for Health, Community and Social Services, while the cleaning sector will fall within the new Services WDC. WDCs will assume responsibility for skills leadership and standard setting, and which will be transitioned across from ITOs such as Careerforce.

The TEC is working to establish the six WDCs towards the middle of 2021.

The secondary legislation needed to formally establish the WDCs, is progressing through the legislative processes following the recent consultation on the proposals.

To ensure that TEC is ready to establish the WDCs, it has launched an expressions of interest process to seek interest from industry leaders who want to be on nominations and appointments committees.

The nominations and appointment committees will play a critical role in recommending and appointing new members into these industry leading governance boards.  These are temporary roles that will be supporting the general Council member appointment process which will occur over the next few months.

TEC is working with an independent recruiting partner who will manage the application process for all roles.  To view the EOI details, go to:

The Expressions of Interest opportunities for the WDC Council roles will be made available soon. Please note: if you intend to apply for a permanent WDC council role when advertised, you should not apply for appointment to the Nominations or Appointments Committee for that council.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a key consideration in the formation of these Councils, and will underpin both vocational education strategy and approach.


Please note that expressions of interest close on Sunday 21 March 2021.