Please sign up to our open letter to be shared with members of the parliament. We need them to understand what is at the heart of vocational education.
Every community benefits from strong vocational education and training in publicly owned institutions. So share our pages with your friends and urge them to stand up for their local polytechnic and wānanga.
You may even want to take a moment to read and share the research and publications put out by the Tertiary Education Union.
In June the government will be releasing its final decision on the Reform of Vocational Education Sector. There is likely to be legislative changes and we will need your help to make sure the voices of staff, students, and communities are heard by members of the parliament.
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Dear Labour, Greens, NZ First, National, and ACT
Vocational education and training is a powerful instrument for enabling all members of the community to face new challenges and find their roles as members of a community.
It empowers people to be life-long learners and contributes to the full development of the human personality, social mobility, the reduction of inequality, and the betterment of society.
To ensure that vocational education and training can fulfil this role for public good, we urge you to ensure the current reforms of the sector:
Facilitates all New Zealanders having access to vocational education
This means ensuring the modes of delivery used in vocational education can meet the diversity of learners and communities which means having face-to-face, online, and blended approaches to teaching.
Creates a high-trust system where staff have autonomy to be creative and adaptable.
This means letting teaching and learning staff determine what is taught and how it is taught, with industry informing the curriculum alongside iwi and community.
Ensures we have a stable, sustainable, and co-ordinated public vocational education system
This means providing funding to enable just transitions for staff and a budget commitment to ensure that teaching and support jobs are shared across the regional communities of New Zealand.