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VET Reform needs to involve industry much more says ServiceIQ


ServiceIQ has released its submission on the Government’s vocational education and training (VET) system reform proposal. The submission, informed by many service sector employers and industry associations, agrees that there is room for improvement, but doesn’t support the proposal in its current form.

ServiceIQ chief executive Andrew McSweeney says more than 100 service sector employers have been involved in the process to create an evidence-based submission.

“We’re certain that what we have submitted is constructive, robust and a true reflection of the views of our service sector employers.

"We’ve involved executives from some of the country’s largest employers as well as hearing from small enterprises from around New Zealand. We’ve had substantial input from Industry Associations and Industry Advisory Groups. We’ve also had multiple meetings and discussions with Government officials from all the relevant agencies as well as our fellow industry training organisations (ITOs) and the Industry Training Federation (ITF).

“The evidence is clear that the Government proposal has been developed without enough involvement and input from industry employers and associations. Employer feedback is that, in its current form, the proposed changes may create significant disruption and risk that will see a decline in the number of New Zealanders in vocational training.

“Our consultation with sector employers determined that they do not support the proposal in its current form. However, they, and we, are willing and able to participate with Government and work together to better define the problems and quantify any issues, and co-design a process for improvement.

“We are recommending that Government adopt an incremental approach, starting with addressing those ITPs in financial distress, improving the vocational education and training funding mechanisms, and then working alongside industry and key stakeholders to co-create an enduring VET system for New Zealand. They need to be involved,” says Andrew McSweeney.

The submission is available here [PDF]