Agriculture, business administration, IT, nursing – if you want to gain work-based skills for a specific career, New Zealand is a great choice of study destination.
And changes now being made to New Zealand’s vocational education and training sector will make it even better prepared to give international students the skills and expertise needed in the future.
New Zealand’s 16 state-owned Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) have been brought together to create a single national institution, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).
ITPs will be working more closely together to provide the best value for students, wherever they study.
Over the long term, the changes will give students:
- real-world capabilities, not just qualifications
- flexible ways to learn – at work, on campus, online or a mix of all three
- extra educational and pastoral support to help them succeed.
Employers will take a leadership role in training, including developing qualifications and setting standards.
Students can be confident they are developing the skills, knowledge and experience needed in workplaces, both in New Zealand and around the world.
So what does that mean for students studying in New Zealand now, or who plan to study here soon?
All the changes are being introduced slowly and carefully.
If you’re an international student studying at an ITP in New Zealand in 2020, you won’t notice anything different, other than the measures introduced by the government to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Your study arrangements, fees and visa won’t change. Your course and qualification will continue to be recognised.
If you’re planning to study in New Zealand in the future, you can continue to enrol in your chosen course as planned. Keep an eye on the latest COVID-19 updates on border restrictions and visa processing.
Approved visas and study arrangements will continue, and courses and qualifications will still be recognised.
You’ll be able to complete any study or training that you start.
As the charges are gradually introduced, you’ll gain the benefits of studying in an education system designed for the future of work.
Over time, the way you learn will become more supportive, flexible and relevant to work. You’ll gain the skills and experience you need to achieve your goals.
Learn more about the future of vocational education and training on the NZIST website.