The latest announcement follows initial proposals for sector consultation announced in February of this year.
The Minister said that the reforms would address widespread skills shortages across New Zealand, support the regions and make sure that trades and vocational education are “recognised and valued”.
The new national institute will commence from April 2020 with campuses across the country and a head office in Auckland or Wellington.
Other key changes in the new system include the establishment of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs), industry-governed Workforce Development Councils, Regional Skills Leadership Groups, and the integration of Māori groups as key partners.
“The changes we are making will give industry greater control over all aspects of vocational education and training, making the system more responsive to employers’ needs and the changing world of work,” Minister Hipkins said.
With regards to international students, the Minister said that students should continue to enrol as normal.
In a fact sheet on the changes, the Ministry of Education said, “The New Zealand government will continue to support international learners throughout any future changes. Approved visas and study arrangements will continue, and the courses, qualifications and credentials learners are enrolled in will continue to be recognised. You will be able to complete any study or training you start with an existing polytechnic or through an industry training organisation.”
In its initial consultation document, the government said that the new system would increase the appeal of New Zealand’s vocational sector overseas. “A new institution of this kind would represent a great value proposition for international students, and due to its size and scale should be able to achieve a much higher level of visibility in international markets,” it said.
In 2017 – the last full year for which Education New Zealand data is available – there were 18,145 international students at ITPs, a one per cent decrease compared with the previous year.
Source: Study Travel