The Government announced in February 2019 the biggest tertiary education reform since 1990.
The Education Minister Hon Chris Hipkins proposes three main changes as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).
- Replacing the current Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) with Industry Skills Bodies, and industry skills training being rolled into the local ITPs, such as NMIT.
- Merging the 16 existing Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), including NMIT, and establishing a central New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology to govern them.
- Creating a unified vocational education funding system.
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