For Students

The Government’s proposed changes are intended to allow learners to study for qualifications delivered consistently all over New Zealand, with greater assurance that they meet industry-approved standards, and with better quality teaching and learning support.

The Government wants to create a sustainable, nationally and regionally networked vocational education system. This integrated system could better meet the needs of learners and employers and link provider-based and work-based training.

Proposed Key Changes of the Reform

  • You will be able to move easily between provider- and workplace-based learning.
  • You will be equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the world of work.
  • The vocational education system will offer more provision that resembles apprenticeships, regardless of whether you’re employed.

How will the Reform affect my study?

The Government has assured us that the proposals will not change anything for learners. 
If you have just enrolled or if you are partway through your study you will be able to fully complete your study at NorthTec.  

What if I enrol after 2020?

If you enrol after 1 January 2020, the government's proposal would mean you’d likely be enrolling at the new New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology – and over time you’d likely have more choice of programmes on offer at your local campus and online. The programmes would be consistent nationwide, so even if you were studying at a physical campus, you could move around the country and continue your study without having to transfer between institutions.

Further Information

Learners factsheet provides more information.