It’s hard to believe that it’s 1 April already and that we are in the next phase of the reform of vocational education. Today NZIST and its subsidiary institutions come into being, marking the start of the transition to a single entity running a network of provision across Aotearoa.

In this email we cover:

• Terms and conditions

• The first council and board meetings

• Our voice through the transition

Terms and conditions

Please note that your collective agreements and all terms and conditions of your employment remain the same. All undertakings related to your employment are transferred to the subsidiary of NZIST at which you work, as of today. You will have received a letter or email from your employer, this wording was agreed to with TEU prior to you receiving it.  

TEU’s industrial officer and some of the organising team are currently working with NZIST staff and HR managers from across the polytechnics to work out the best way to move towards common terms and conditions. But that process will take some time and you will be consulted during the process.

The first council and board meetings

One important milestone is that the full council of NZIST will meet for the first time today. We’ll be stopping by that meeting and share the news with you in next week’s in Tertiary Update.  You too can join one of the subsidiary board meetings which are posted on your institutions’ websites.

As the voice of the sector, it is crucial that TEU is a part of both strategic and operational decision making.

We have been full participants so far. Incoming National Secretary of the TEU, Sandra Grey, has been on the Establishment Board; we have had two TEU staff members, Phil Edwards and Jill Jones, and one of our VPs Sarah Proctor-Thomson in the Mobilising the New World Teams who have presented a report outline the way the new network of vocational provision will work; and, we have presented reports and submissions to the government on the future of Vocational Education.

We plan to ensure your voice continues to be heard at the highest level and at all delivery spaces (be they on a campus, online, or on a job site). Attending the Council meetings for NZIST is part of this plan, but so are meetings we already have planned with the incoming CE Stephen Town and a briefing we are preparing for him.

Our voice through the transition

We encourage you all to make your voice heard. There will be a national staff committee (the composition and purpose of which have yet to be designed so feel free to share your ideas by replying to this e-mail). And the legislation bringing NZIST into life includes a Charter which states that the institute must operate in a way that allows it to “empower students and staff on academic, non-academic, and well-being matters and matters relating to the organisation’s practices and services.” We need to work out what this means on a day-to-day basis.

TEU members are creative, innovative, and care about life-long learning. Let’s make sure our voice is heard. And make sure the vision of vocational education and purpose set out by those at the front-line – TEU members in workshops, lecture theatres, libraries, IT labs, online classrooms, and so much more – are used when designing the future.

Ngā mihi,

Michael Gilchrist, National President

Sharn Riggs, National Secretary

Sandra Grey Incoming National Secretary

As a community we will do our bit to unite, be kind, and be strong now and every day. These are the core values of a union – tū kotahi, tū kaha; awhi atu, awhi mai; ngā piki, ngā heke; tātou, tātou e – underpinning all our mahi and a necessary step at this stage and moving forward.

And just in case you missed it – this email included the following links:

• An overview of the RoVE project right now

• The text of the letter or email about your terms and conditions

• The link to the first meeting of NZIST’s new council

• The final email of the Establishment Board

• The legislation that brings NZIST into being

• TEU’s vision and definition of vocational education