13 February 2019

Consultation on proposed changes to vocational education in New Zealand underway

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced a major proposal to reform vocational education and training (VET) in New Zealand. This is known as the Review of Vocational Education (RoVE).

A key aim is to create a more sustainable future for the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) sector.

The proposed reform would bring together New Zealand’s ITPs to create one new Institute of Skills and Technology, which would continue to be state-owned and funded.

ENZ’s Chief Executive Grant McPherson encourages those in the international education sector to have their say.

“Every year more than 18,000 international students choose to study at New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) due to the quality of educational experience and career development opportunities they provide.

“Throughout 2019, we will continue to support ITPs in market, providing global marketing campaigns, events, agent training, market intelligence, agent and media familiarisation tours, lead referrals from the www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz website, and other resources. At a regional level, we will continue to support ITPs via ENZ’s Regional Partnership Programme.

“New Zealand’s ITPs remain open for business and continue to welcome international students,” he says.

Click here to see the proposed changes and to have your say.

Public consultation is open until 5 April 2019.

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