Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the plan was challenging but necessary for shoring up a sector that had suffered falling enrolments and multi-million dollar deficits.
Excessive duplication has led to the proposal, Chris Hipkins says, not a lack of hard work.
With polytechnics and training organisations facing what one commentator called a “perfect storm” of demographic shift and government policy changes, Hipkins on Wednesday released his proposal to strengthen the “broken” sector.
The proposed NZ Institute of Skills and Technology will take over programme design and administration for all campuses of what are now 16 separate polytechnics. It will also take over enrolling and managing apprentices and industry trainees from what are now 11 industry training organisations (ITOs).
Similar to the Tomorrow’s Schools review, at its core the proposal removes competition from the education sector. The concern is that Education Minister Chris Hipkins may be pushing his ideological education agenda too far with these changes, with a degree of support from the other side of the aisle needed for reform to be enduring.
Business and education providers have just six weeks to respond to a radical proposal from Education Minister Chris Hipkins to reform the vocational training system.
The minister says change is urgent and needs to start soon for some parts to be ready for 2020.
Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds says she’s “shell shocked” at a government proposal to merge Industry Training Providers throughout New Zealand into a single entity.
Witt CEO John Snook said the proposal to merge polytechs was a positive for the educational institute.
“2018 was a year of change for New Zealand international education,” EducationNew Zealand chief executive Grant McPherson told The PIE News.
Grant Burns, principal of Tauraroa Area School, said each Kahui Ako has its own individual student achievement goals, but the joint goal of the five was to improve student wellbeing by tackling three major issues – attendance, transience, and mental health.
EDITORIAL: Chris Hipkins must have some idea of what British Prime Minister Theresa May is going through. The pursuit of a perfect solution in an imperfect world, the promotion of one group’s interests without impacting on those of others.
This year’s Waitangi commemorations will be mostly remembered for two debates – whether the Prime Minister should be able to recite the detail of the Treaty of Waitangi, and whether the teaching of the Treaty and colonial history in New Zealand should be compulsory.
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NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins has released wide-ranging proposals for strengthening vocational education so that school leavers get high quality training opportunities, employers get the skills they need and New Zealanders are better equipped for the changing nature of work.
Skills Active: Skills Active Aotearoa, the ITO for sport, recreation and performing arts, applauds the Education Minister’s decision to make a much-needed step-change to stem the flow of money into supporting the failing polytechnic network in New Zealand, says chief executive Dr Grant Davidson. However, industry training is a comparatively lean and nimble delivery system, owned and driven by the industry it serves.
NZITP: The CEO’s of the New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) support the motivation for the Government’s proposal for major reform of the sector and welcome Minister Hipkins’ commitment to continue consultation and listen to the sector.
Industry Training Federation of NZ: “We intend to ask our employers and industries if they would prefer that their training organisation is taken over by a single government-owned institute.
NZ Union of Students’ Associations: ‘What we need in New Zealand is a vocational education system that caters for students of a diverse background, and for communities with diverse needs. The idea of having Regional Leadership Groups focusing on this as opposed to independent institute councils focusing on competing against the neighbouring institute will be much more effective, and should give greater opportunity to fulfil our treaty responsibilities’ says James Ranstead, President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations.
Tertiary Education Union: Staff can turn their attention to opening doors for students and communities with creative teaching, learning, and research under bold changes proposed for vocational education says the Tertiary Education Union.
BCITO: “Vocational training is vitally important to New Zealand’s continued growth. There is no doubt that the Vocational Education Training system (VET) has experienced issues for a long time which need addressing. We also believe there are some parts which are working very well. The key is to protect what works while updating the areas which are failing to deliver for New Zealand,” says Quinn.
NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education have agreed to return to negotiations for the primary teachers’ and primary principals’ collective agreements next week.