February 20, 2020
The bill that brings together all 16 of the country's polytechnics by establishing the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) has passed its third and final reading in Parliament.
The Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Bill passed by 63 votes to 57 on Wednesday 19 February.
About the bill’s passing Education Minister Chris Hipkins said: “This is a watershed day for trades and vocational education. These law changes formalise the process of creating a strong, unified, sustainable system to set us up to respond to skills shortages and prepare for the future of work.”
Read the full press release from Education Minister Chris Hipkins.
Tokelauan Peni Panapa credits a Competenz Te Pūkenga Pasifika online study group with giving him the support to succeed in his apprenticeship.
On the eve of International Women’s Day on 8 March, Christchurch mother Loren Evans is calling for more women to consider learning a trade.