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Vocational Education Reform

On 1 August 2019, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced the latest details in his plans to reform Vocational Education in New Zealand.

With a working title of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST), the new organisation will bring together the country’s 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics as a single national campus network that will provide both work-based and off-the-job vocational learning and training.

An Establishment Board comprising 10 members will start work on the transition from Monday 5 August and continue until it is superseded by the governing council of the Institute on 1 April 2020. From 1 April 2020, all ITPs will continue as subsidiaries of the new institution for at least two years, and possibly until December 2022.

Current and prospective learners can enrol in multi-year programmes at Otago Polytechnic with confidence, knowing they will graduate as Otago Polytechnic students and have access to all the student support that we currently offer.

The Minister also confirmed that degrees and postgraduate provision in polytechnics will continue into the future, with no intentions to change. Otago Polytechnic will continue to apply to NZQA for further programme approvals.



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