Tertiary education minster Steven Joyce used last week’s Industry Training Federation Annual General Meeting to announce the terms of reference for a Review of Industry Training. The review follows public dissatisfaction by the minister with the industry training sector and substantial cuts in funding.
The review will examine how industry training has developed in New Zealand, international approaches to vocational education and training, the purpose of industry training, and the respective roles of government, employers and employees in achieving the purpose. It will also look at the strengths and weaknesses of different elements of industry training, and the role of industry training within the wider vocational education and training system, including the Youth Guarantee provision.
Mr Joyce also used last week’s industry training meeting to claim credit for Industry Training Organisations increasing the number of credits they award by 14 percent between 2008 and 2010.
“The government’s push for more accountability in industry training is starting to pay off,” he said.
Mr Joyce says the increased success has come following government moves to focus more on results than raw numbers enrolled in industry training.