Last month, TEU submitted our recommendations on the Workforce Development Council(WDC) Orders in Council Proposals Consultation.

The six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will play an important role within the new vocational education network. With this in mind, we believe it is vital that principles of collaboration, consistency, and cohesion underpin the WDCs as a whole. After all, it is only through a coordinated and consistent approach that the new network will realise the core objectives of vocational education.

The six WDC Order in Council proposals include many positive points, and TEU is pleased to see an emphasis on recognising the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te ao Māori, te reo Māori, and mātauranga Māori, as well as principles of inclusivity and diversity within the proposals.

However, if the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is to achieve its aims, we know genuine collaboration and cohesion will be needed across the new network, including between the six WDCs. When comparing each of the WDC Order in Council proposals, it is clear to us that there is a need for greater consistency across the board. To this end, we recommended that the best aspects of each of the proposals be applied to each of the six WDCs.

Additionally, our recommendations involve outlining, for example, a single purpose statement or set of criteria which brings together the ideal elements from each of the proposals. This is a plausible approach as many of the factors being addressed in our submission are not necessarily industry specific.

The Tertiary Education Commission is currently seeking expressions of interest pertaining to the WDC nomination and appointment committees.