Proposed Changes to Apprenticeships

The Government is proposing to change NZ's apprenticeship system.

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Thank you for your support

We want to sincerely thank everyone who took the time to complete the recent survey we sent out and/or gave us direct feedback.  Your views have helped shape the Submission we delivered to the Government last week which we can now share with you.

We also commissioned an independent report from Infometrics to explore the potential negative effects of the reforms on skills supply and implications of those for the building and construction industry.

We expect the Government to take at least a month or so to review all submissions before any decision-making begins.  We'll keep you posted on any new developments.

If you have any questions at all about this, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  

BCITO Submission to Government  5 April 2019

Infometrics RoVE Impact Report for BCITO


What's this all about?

On 13 February 2019 the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, announced the Government’s proposal to significantly change the apprenticeship system in New Zealand.

The proposal seeks to change the role of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs -including BCITO), and move the management of apprentices to a new single centralised institution (the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology - NZIST). BCITO would no longer arrange training. The NZIST would be formed by merging all existing polytechnics in New Zealand.

ITOs would be replaced with Industry Skill Bodies who would continue some existing ITO functions, like developing qualifications and have a stronger say over what was taught by the NZIST.

At 8 April, this is a proposal, and none of this would come into effect until 2020, at which time a lengthy transition period would commence. Right now, there is no change in any way to BCITO apprenticeships or the service we provide.

What we did

BCITO held an urgent Summit on 5 March for key industry people and National Advisory Group members to discuss the changes in detail, and what they mean for our construction sector. The majority of those in attendance at this Summit rejected the Government's proposal as it currently stands.

Attendees at the Summit also identified parts of the system that must be retained, and are 'non-negotiable'.

We gathered feedback from the wider industry about these non-negotiables (in the form of a survey) a short while ago before finalising our Submission which was delivered to Government on 5 April.

Our key findings from that research were that while there are some potential benefits, these are outweighed by the risks and likely weaknesses of the proposed model and building & construction industry employers do not support the Government's proposed changes.