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The New Zealand Government is proposing a change to vocational education. UCOL is participating in the consultation process and will post updates here accordingly. 

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What are the proposed changes?

The New Zealand Government is reforming the vocational education and training system to secure a sustainable future for New Zealand's institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs). The current consultations will inform the next stages of work. A Cabinet decision on the proposed changes will likely be made in mid-2019, with a view to legislation being introduced in 2019. The indicated top-level recommendations include:

  1. New roles for ITPs and Industry Training Organisations
  2. A unified funding system
  3. Uniting the country's 16 ITPs under one organisation. The working name is New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

What will it mean for me?

It is business as usual for UCOL. The changes indicate a bigger, better and brighter future for vocational education in the UCOL rohe. 

We're participating in the consulation process to ensure positive outcomes for students, staff and our rohe. We are gathering views from all. It's important to us that we capture your voice in our submission.

How can I get involved?

Student and staff consultations have taken place. Members of our community are invited to share their vision for 'Future UCOL' at the following event:

Date: Thursday 21 March 2019
Time: 5 -7pm
Venue: UCOL, Princess Street, Palmerston North

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Future UCOL News

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Find out about the upcoming vocational education changes and what they mean for UCOL.

Find out more and have your say

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The New Zealand Government aims to create a strong, unified vocational education system. Find out about the proposed changes, read the frequently asked questions, and have your say.

Vocational Education Reform update for international students

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Are you an international student thinking of studying in New Zealand or at UCOL? Make an informed decision by reading about the vocational education sector changes here.