The Government announced the details of their Reform of Vocational Education on August 1.

The main changes include:

  • Shifting the role of supporting on-the-job learning from industry training organisations (ITOs) to vocational education providers, including the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology
  • Creating a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, bringing together the existing 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics.
  • Creating Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). There will be four to seven of these industry-governed bodies responsible for skills leadership, funding advice, standard setting and moderation assessment.
  • Creating a unified funding system for all types of vocational education.
  • Establishing Regional Skills Leadership Groups.
  • Establishing Te Taumata Aronui, a group to help ensure that the Reform reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori-Crown partnerships.
  • Establishing Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs).

HITO’s Board and management will review this announcement carefully to fully understand the implications for the hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy industries in the longer term.

HITO CEO Kay Nelson said there would be no immediate change in support for apprentices and employers.

“Our industries have had a long history of apprenticeship training and we will be doing everything in our power to ensure that this continues successfully into the future,” she said.

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