Vocational Education Review submission pushes case for South Canterbury

There has been much discussion about the Government's Vocational Education Review - most notably focused on the proposed significant restructure of the sector involving Polytechnics, ITO’s and Private Training Establishments such as Community College and YMCA.  These proposed reforms will affect nearly 300,000 full time students and 10,000 employees throughout New Zealand, and as such will directly or indirectly affect every New Zealander.

Aoraki Development has been working with Timaru District Council preparing our submissions from this region - the key focus of which being to ensure the best possible outcome for our students, business and industry and the wider South Canterbury Community.

We are also acutely aware that following the merger of Aoraki Polytechnic with Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) to form the current entity, Ara Institute, approximately $22m of South Canterbury financial reserves were ring-fenced for this enhancing and growing training opportunities within our community and we want to make sure we retain this funding for the benefit of our local people regardless of the changes proposed. You will see this particular issue rightly has prominence in our submission.

Over the past few weeks we have engaged with a variety of local businesses, sector groups, organisations, schools, training providers and individuals for input into our submission. All feedback has been incorporated into our submission. Unfortunately wider engagement with more has been restricted due to the tight timeframes associated with the Government's consultation parameters.

Our submission is here and we encourage you to take the time to read this.