On February 13, 2019, New Zealand’s Minister of Education launched the public consultation on the Government’s proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education. These proposals target to create a manageable, reasonable, flexible, and high-quality vocational education system that will provide learners with the training they need in a rapidly changing world.
The consultation is being run jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of New Zealand and is being led by TEC Chief Executive Tim Fowler.
“I encourage everyone with an interest in education in this country to take part in this consultation. We will be holding regional events throughout the country and look forward to talking about the proposals and listening to your feedback,” said Tim Fowler.
Following consultation, Cabinet will decide on the proposed changes Mid-2019, with a view to legislation being introduced later this year. Throughout the discussion students, both domestic and international can continue to enroll and study in quality-assured programs across New Zealand. Courses will continue, qualifications will be awarded and recognized, there is no impact from this on fees free study, fees are not going up due to the proposals, and international students’ visa status will not change.
The TEC and the Ministry will work with industry, Industry Training Organizations and the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) sector to design the details of the new system and manage the transition to minimize the impact on learners and staff.