The Ministry of Education has announced appointments to the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology’s (NZIST) first governing council and directors for boards of subsidiary Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) ahead of New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider coming into effect on 1 April 2020.

Among those appointed to the governing council are, Murray Strong, former Interim Chief Executive for the NZIST, who will chair the Council, and former CTU National Secretary and NZUSA leader Sam Huggard.

The NZIST Establishment Board has also announced directors for the boards of subsidiary ITPs, effective from 1 April 2020. All appointments to subsidiary boards are subject to ratification and approval by the NZIST Council on 1 April 2020. Members of this Council will be confirmed by the Minister of Education before the end of March.

The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act requires that the initial board for each subsidiary ITP comprise at least four and no more than eight directors, of which at least half must reside within the region that the subsidiary primarily serves. Those appointed will therefore be crucial to ensuring both a level of continuity of operation, and of ensuring sound local and regional relationships for the delivery of vocational education.

For more information on subsidiary board of directors appointment, see IST Establishment news.