Submission on the Reform of the Vocational Education
Posted: 2 April 2019
You may have heard Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ proposal to create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST), merging 16 public Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into a single entity. For further information on the proposed changes click here. The proposed changes will have an effect on all courses between level 3 to level 7 under the NZQA framework which includes all of the current arboriculture qualifications.
What are the key changes:
Whilst the proposal currently lacks detail some key themes have come through
· The amalgamation of the current Industry Training Providers (ITP) e.g. institutes of technology’s and polytechnics
· The removal of the Industry Training Organisations (ITO) e.g. PITO, BCITO
· The creation of Industry skills bodies (ISB) which would be government funded organisations who would represent the industry similar to the way the current
ITO’s do but without also supplying the training
· All vocational learning (including apprenticeships) will be managed by ITP’s
· Create a unified vocational education funding system – overhaul of the current funding system around vocational training
The New Zealand Arboricultural Association is the voice of the Arboriculture industry and we lobby on issues of concern to you, our members. The NZ Arb executive committee working group, have attended recent consultation meetings regarding the reform for vocational education and we, the NZ arboriculture industry have the opportunity to make a submission.
How does this affect you?
Due to the arboriculture accreditations sitting within the level 3 – 7 NZQA framework, any changes to these qualifications and the way they are delivered will have a direct effect on our industry. The arboriculture industry also relies heavily on workplace training in addition to full-time study both of which will be affected by the proposal. Given the current nationwide shortage of trained and qualified arborist, it is integral that any changes made support and strengthen training within our industry and does not lead to a reduction in quality or quantity of people entering our industry. Any reform must not be at the expense of industry-led workplace learning, and it must work for both the employed workforce and industry participants.
The NZ Arb submission
NZ Arb has put together a submission based on the information provided within the government distributed documents, consultation meetings and discussions with people within the industry. The submission acknowledges that the proposal could provide strength to the vocational training sector however due to the lack of detail within the proposal it is not possible to understand the full consequences on the arboricultural industry. We have expressed a number of concerns which should be addressed during the next stages of the planning stage until these have been addressed NZ Arb cannot support the proposed changes in their current form. NZ Arb are also concerned that the timing of both the proposed changes to vocational training and the immigration policy will leave our industry at a significant risk of having a further shortage of trained and qualified staff.
A copy of our full submission can be viewed here
NZ Arb would like to encourage everybody to submit on the proposal. The more of us who submit the more of a voice the industry will have through this process.
How can you have your say?
NZ Arb encourages all members to make a submission to Vocationaleducation.Reform@education.govt.nz
before 5th April