Otago Polytechnic

General FAQs

What is the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (NZIST – working title)?

NZIST brings together New Zealand’s current 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) to create a public network of regionally accessible vocational education.  
 
When will it be established?

On 1 April 2020. All ITPs will continue as regional subsidiaries of the new institution for at least two years from April 1 2020. 
 
What will happen in the meantime?

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Board comprising 10 members will start work on the transition from Monday 5 August and continue until it is superseded by the governing council of the new institute on 1 April 2020. 
 
What will happen to industry training organisations (ITOs)?

The role of supporting on-the-job learning will move from industry training organisations (ITOs) to providers.  NZIST and other providers will support on-the-job training (apprenticeships and traineeships) as well as provide education and training in off-the-job settings. 
 
Will the funding system be changed?

Yes. A unified funding system for Vocational Education will be established and will fund all provider-based and work-integrated education at certificate and diploma qualification levels 3-7 (excluding degree study), as well as all industry training.  
 
Will Māori have stronger representation in the new system?

A new organisation, Te Taumata Aronui, will be established to help ensure the Reform of Vocational Education reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori-Crown partnerships. 
 
What are some of the main structural elements of the proposed system?

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs): Around 4-7 industry-governed bodies, to give industry greater leadership across vocational education.

Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs): RSLGs would provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the Tertiary Education Commission, WDCs, and local vocational education providers.

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs): CoVEs will bring together the Institute, other providers, WDCs, industry experts, and leading researchers to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the system.