Seeking your views on Workforce Development Councils


The Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is well underway. The changes aim to have regional tertiary education reflect regional skills needs and ensure vocational education is focused on employer and learner needs.

One of the four key changes RoVE will introduce is the establishment of six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). These will replace Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and will be central to the new system.

The other key components are:

  • NZ Institute of Skills and Technology has been set up as one large polytechnic with regional branches, replacing the separate individual polytechnics around the country.
  • Regional Skills Leadership Groups which generate reports on training needs for the industries in their region.
  • Centres of Vocational Excellence working on projects related to innovation and excellence of tertiary education in a specific industry sector.

An interim Establishment Board (iEB) has been set up and given responsibility for the establishment of the WDC for the Health, Community and Social Services Sectors. They are seeking the views of industry stakeholders on the options proposed for the WDC including name, sector coverage, governance structure, and ways to give effect to the Māori-Crown partnership.

You can share your views through an online feedback form:

Feedback can be provided until 5pm, Tuesday 15 September 2020.

Before you complete the survey, here is some helpful information about what a Workforce Development Council for the Health, Community and Social Services Sector is expected to do. This may help you to consider what sort of governance and structure would effectively serve the mental health, addiction and disability workforce, alongside all other parts of the wider health sector.

The WDC will not have a role in training employees in the health, community and social services industries.  This will move to tertiary training providers.  The WDC will:

  • be ‘industry-governed’, intended to give the sectors greater control over all aspects of vocational education.
  • identify sector skills needs and advocating for them to be met through their work with industry, schools, training providers, regions, and government.
  • provide employer brokerage and advisory services to assist with meeting their training needs.
  • advise the Tertiary Education Commission on the skill mix their sector(s) require and work with them to help determine the mix of training available to meet these needs.
  • develop skill standards (eg unit standards) and qualifications, like the ITO does now
  • endorse training providers programmes of study, ensuring they meet the needs of the sector. This may include setting core curriculum or training packages that must be within programmes.
  • moderate assessments to make sure learners have met the required standard, like the ITO does now. This may include being involved in “capstone assessments” that check graduates have the expected set of knowledge and skills when they complete a qualification.

For more information about Workforce Development Councils or RoVE, visit or email

Share your feedback on the WDC for the Health, Community and Social Services Sectors here

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