As a workforce development council (WDC), we fulfil our role by amplifying the voice of our sectors within the vocational education system. We engage in industry and Iwi partnerships, provide investment advice to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), establish standards, and develop qualifications.

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We are pleased to present our Investment Advice for the Tertiary Education Commission for the coming 12 months.

Through our engagement activities, several common themes have emerged. Employers are increasingly concerned about the wellbeing and mental health of their workforce. Industries seek more flexible education and training options to address workforce demands and evolving consumer needs. There is also a strong endorsement for new pre-employment and in-work training approaches. Micro-credentialing is increasingly recognised as an opportunity to upskill priority workforce areas and create pathways for further learning. Lastly, there is a noticeable gap between vocational education and training and tertiary training or employment, which requires attention.

Our objective is to assist industries in addressing current and future skill shortages, adapting to the changing nature of work, and establishing a robust skills foundation. By ensuring the availability of relevant and timely training, Toitū te Waiora supports the growth and success of our sectors.

We have identified the following new and revised qualifications and credentials that will require investment over the next year:

This advice to the TEC reflects these priorities as we all strive to shape a vibrant and sustainable workforce for the benefit of Aotearoa.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Investment Advice document, we are excited about the year ahead.