Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)


As part of the wider national Education Conversation | Kōrero Mātauranga, the Government is reforming the vocational education and training system. This is one of the four “big reviews” that form part of the Education Work Programme.

In February 2019, the Government announced change proposals leading to the biggest tertiary education reform since 1990.  The three main proposals for change are:

  • New roles for providers and industry bodies
  • A New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology serving all of New Zealand
  • A unified funding system
A consultation period on the three key proposals is underway, and the Government is seeking feedback from stakeholders by 5 April 2019.




NorthTec Key Points

  • We welcome and support the Government’s Review of the vocational education sector. We endorse the objectives of the review - to produce a vocational educational system where:
    • Organisational roles are clear and do not overlap.
    • Industry provides real leadership to the system.
    • All provision is relevant to learners and employers
  • A number of the proposals in the Review will greatly enhance the delivery of high quality learner outcomes for Northland.
  • The move to a consolidated new VE entity- the Institute of Skills and Technology (IST) -can ensure that investment is strategically managed across the VE sector and key functions can be managed cost effectively. A number of new organisation units are proposed.
  • The proposal to move to a convergent delivery model, combining the strengths of the ITP and ITO models, will provide for both greater scale and depth of programmes, an enhanced ability to move between learning on and off the job and greater funding for improved pastoral support for learners.
  • The change in funding will mean better learner support especially for those who are learning both on the job and off the job.
  • Additionally, the Review recognises the needs of regions like Northland for additional investment to ensure that barriers to access vocational education are removed.
  • The review proposals are high level and there are some challenges to develop the operational elements necessary to implement the proposals. The review has raised a number of options and invited responses from sector stakeholders.
  • We are very concerned that local relationships and a degree of autonomy is maintained at NorthTec. Each region has its differences and we have all worked hard to recognise the unique differences and challenges in our region. The Review puts forward a number of options about how we will operate in the future and we will be making a strong recommendation in this regard to the Review.