Sector comes together to call for change

Posted By TEU on Mar 8, 2018 |

Students, staff, business, and institutional leaders have called on the Minister for Education to develop a new model for vocational education and training that meets the needs of all New Zealanders.

Representatives at last week’s Voices for Tertiary Education forum called for the change as part of a wide ranging statement that sets out a series of recommendations for reform of the vocational education and training sector.

“The statement signals our commitment to working with government, students, staff and sector leaders to ensure institutes of technology and polytechnics can continue to provide transformative learning opportunities for a diverse range of students in communities up and down the country,” Gus Gilmore, Chief Executive of the Manukau Institute of Technology, said.

Publication of the statement followed an announcement in the Minister’s speech to the forum to end competitive funding.

The recommendations call on Chris Hipkins to build on this change to:

  • Work with staff, students and sector leaders to develop a new funding model;
  • Ensure a new funding model guarantees the regional provision of public tertiary education, so all people can access learning opportunities in their communities
  • Take the immediate step in Budget 2018 of changing the Student Achievement Component (SAC) funding under-delivery figure to a more reasonable level
  • Host further forums dedicated to discussing the future of the vocational education and training sector
  • Build a system that recognises and provides for diverse learners – including, but not limited to, Māori, Pasifika, second chance learners, sole parents, mature students, students with disabilities, and LGBTI students

Sandra Grey, National President of the Tertiary Education Union, said the statement provides a way forward for the sector that would ensure access to lifelong learning opportunities for all New Zealanders.

“It was fantastic to have students, staff and sector leaders together in one place to discuss the future of vocational education and training. We are committed to working together to make these changes happen,” Grey said.

The public vocational education and training sector is hugely successful and at the forefront of innovative teaching, and it is vital this continues for the benefit of us all.

“Making sure the vocational education and training sector works for a diverse range of learners is critically important. For this to happen, students must have a strong voice at the heart of all planning and decisions in the sector. This statement provides the Minister with a way of making this happen whilst also securing a new funding model that meets the needs of learners of all ages, employers, staff, and local communities,” Jonathan Gee, President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations, said.

Also in Tertiary Update this week:

  1. Data on the workplace essential to future of sector
  2. Challenge and change for vocational education
  3. Toolkit launched to support gender equity in the workplace
  4. A little bit of tradie wisdom for us all

Other news

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Chief Executive Jim Mather has announced that he will step down in October – Māori TV

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has opened consultation on the recognition of micro-credentials – NZQA

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has told the New Zealand Institute of Education to cease new enrolments in its Diploma in Applied Business – NZQA

Otago Polytechnic has published a study on its economic impact – ODT

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has announced that the review of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework will open for public consultation in April – NZQA

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation has released results of a survey of its female apprentices – BCITO

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