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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION REFORM

The Government proposes to merge all of New Zealand's Institutes of Technologies and Polytechnics into one. This includes the Southern Institute of Technology and if approved it will affect the whole Southland community.

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Why we disagree with this proposal

SIT should not be included in the proposal for the merger because it doesn't fit into any of the major points that the Education Minister has outlined. Read More

  • Money Contributed

    The local community contributed over $7.25M to assist with the establishment of the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • SIT2LRN

    Only approximately 13 % of SIT2LRN students access loans and allowances therefore cost effective for the Government.

  • Sports Ball

    SIT makes financial contributions of approximately $300,000 every year to Southland community arts, cultural and sports events.

  • Teaching

    94% of SIT students and graduates are satisfied with SIT and their programme of study.

  • Graduate

    97% of SIT graduates surveyed (51% response rate) are in employment or further study.

  • International

    Southland has low unemployment, an older working population with identified skills shortages and has a real need for international students and their families.

    Southland needs to be able to do its own recruiting for international students to provide more graduates for industries and businesses.

We are concerned that:

  • Institutes will lose their autonomy and their ability to make decisions – this is at the heart of what has made SIT successful. The Minister has given no indication as to the proposed level of decision making, or it’s delegation on essential issues such as programme delivery, budgets and innovation;
  • There will be a loss of responsiveness to the needs of the local communities. SIT want to continue to serve the local needs of the people, industries and businesses of Southland;
  • The financial impact of the changes will be problematic. We don’t yet have full confirmation of what will happen to the assets we have accumulated, including money raised by you the Southland community. We don’t know if we will be penalised in the future for running a surplus with money leaving the community or by getting an unequal share from the start;
  • The Southland regional development strategy will be undermined as we need 10,000 new people living in Southland by 2025 with approximately half of these coming from SITs international students’ recruitment - a process we may no longer have any power over. Southland needs both domestic and international students and their families to come to Southland to help provide more graduates for local industries and businesses to grow.
  • There is not enough detail on how the proposals would work, and therefore there are significant risks for the whole sector and SIT in particular.

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The Government is seeking feedback on the proposals for the Reform of Vocational Education by Wednesday 27 March 2019. 

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Resources

Reform of Vocational Education Consultation Discussion Document

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Reform of Vocational Education Fact Sheet – Employers

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Reform of Vocational Education Fact Sheet – Industry Training Organisations (ITOs)

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Reform of Vocational Education Fact Sheet – Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs)

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Reform of Vocational Education Fact Sheet – International Education

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Submission on the Reform of Vocational Education


ABOUT SUBMITTER

Select what is relevant to your situation:






Do you support the Government’s proposal (Reform of Vocational Education)?
Are you submitting as an individual or on behalf of an organisation / group?

1.

ABOUT ORGANISATION

  1. Ethnic and/or geographical make-up of staff? (If it is relevant – please note that the Government has given priorities to education and training of Maori, Pasifika, youth and at-risk people. If your organisation employs or works with a significant portion of these groups, then please provide statistical information.)
  2. What does your organisation provide to the community, and to which communities?
  3. Some indications as to the scale of your business or how much your organisation contributes to the local economy?
  4. Any other characteristics of your business, your staff, your customers and/or your products/services that are relevant to vocational education?

Example About Us section

John Smith Vets Ltd is a veterinary clinic based in Invercargill. We provide veterinary services to small animals in Invercargill, and offer some large animal supplies in the surrounding areas in Southland. In addition to our vet and groom services to domestic pets, our team provide routine service to 80 farm clients throughout the Southland region (within the boundaries of Winton, Clinton, Bluff and Riverton). This is an example of (c) without giving financial information.

We have 35 staff made up of veterinarians, vet technicians, vet nurses, customer services and support staff. The majority of our vet nurses completed a New Zealand Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Level 6) at SIT. Five of our current 15 vet nurses are Māori (33%). They have all completed their vocational training at SIT immediately before commencing employment with us.

Our clinic takes SIT students in as interns regularly, and we hire some of them at the end of their studies.]

2.

GOVERNMENT'S CONSULTATION ON REFORM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

3.

We oppose the creation of one single entity, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

3.

SIT is responsive to our needs as an employer

5.

SIT provides skilled and productive graduates.

6.

SIT involves us in their programme development.

7.

Regional Leadership Group.

8.

Redefined roles for industry bodies and education providers.

Disclaimer:

I have read through this submission and included the opinions of my organisation.

1.

GOVERNMENT'S CONSULTATION ON REFORM OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

2.

OPPOSING THE MERGER OF INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY AND POLYTECHNICS

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ONE CENTRALISED INSTITUTE

4.

IMPACT ON SIT2LRN AND DISTANCE-LEARNERS

5.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

6.

ZERO-FEES FREE

7.

STANDARDISATION WILL IMPACT STUDENTS

8.

CONCLUDING REMARKS

Disclaimer:

I have read through this submission and included my own opinions. These opinions are my own and I willingly submit this.

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