A major milestone was reached on Thursday 13 May when the six Orders in Councils to establish the new Workforce Development Councils were published to the New Zealand Gazette. The Orders will come into effect in 28 days’ time, on or about Friday 11 June.
Between December 2020 and February this year, more than 214 people and organisations provided feedback on the draft Orders – including Competenz. The Minister of Education considered all feedback received during the consultation process and made changes to the proposals where appropriate.
The next step is for the appointment and nomination committees to confirm people to governance roles in each of the WDCs. They are on track to complete this work before the end of June.
The WDCs will cover every industry in New Zealand and have now been given the following names:
Education Minister Chris Hipkins said: "The newly formed Workforce Development Councils will play a fundamental role in creating a unified vocational education system that will bring together industry and educators to make sure New Zealand’s workforce is fit for today’s needs and tomorrow’s expectations.
They will have a forward, strategic view of the future skills needs of industries and will help industry achieve greater influence over what and how training is delivered, by influencing government investment, setting skill standards and playing a leadership role across their relevant industries.”
Read more about this update here.
A new joint project set up by Te Pūkenga is tasked with ensuring that ākonga/learners are at the centre of the system.
On International Women’s Day Competenz is calling for more women to enter the trades and redress the gender imbalance and pay inequity.
Opal is a manufacturer of corrugated fibre packaging for a wide range of customers in the food, wine, industrial and beverage industries. Bruce Coombe is Opal’s Technical Supervisor and has been with the company for the past 32 years, and a workplace apprentices assessor for Competenz for 20 years.