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Vocational reforms update
Road to 100% qualified youth workers

Taking action to address your issues

Pay equity and qualification equivalencies
Welcome to your Careerforce August update
Kia ora

Well, it’s certainly an interesting time to be involved in vocational education. Fair to say that we have change ahead of us, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to supporting employers and trainees. Speaking of which, in this issue of Skills for Good, we continue to provide updates on the actions we committed to in response to your feedback in our annual employer survey. A common feedback was around the language used across assessments, and a strong encouragement to use plain English – we’ve listened. Another theme was the need from employers for greater support around literacy and numeracy, and we committed to sharing tips – in this issue, find out about ALNACC (Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability).

Happy reading, and hope you’re enjoying the longer daylight hours!

Andrew Saunders
General Manager, Employer Services

Vocational reforms update
Earlier this month, we provided an update on Education Minister Chris Hipkins final decisions on the Review of Vocational Education (RoVE). In essence, the proposed reforms announced earlier in the year will proceed, but introduced over a long timeframe, with the new integrated vocational education system not expected to be fully in place until 2022/23.

Since the announcement, we have had further meetings with the Minister and Ministry officials, as we seek clarity around how the reforms will be implemented, and also actively participating in discussions as the final shape of the new entities are formed. We make an absolute assurance to providing regular updates as plans are firmed up.

In the meantime, the Minister has continued to affirm that the timeframes for the transition are intentionally long, to minimise any adverse impacts on the levels of industry training happening, and to ensure that appropriate processes and systems for a smooth transition are all in place. He has also continued to provide assurances around his absolute commitment to on-job training, expecting proportions of this to actually increase.

if you have any queries at all about the reforms and how they may affect you or your employees, please contact your Careerforce advisor, or send us an email at vetreview@careerforce.org.nz.

 
The road to 100% trained and qualified youth workers
"If our youth workers are at best practice, then we can be a net of support for young people who fall through the gaps," says Jo Lane, Manager at Marlborough Youth Trust (MYT).
The organisation, who just recently opened their Youth Development Centre in the corner of Kinross and Redwood streets in Blenheim, is working its way towards having 100% trained and qualified youth workers.
Read more about the Marlborough Youth Trust and workplace training.
Taking action to address issues identified in the Employer Survey
In an earlier Skills for Good newsletter, we shared the top-line findings from our annual employer survey, and also, most importantly, the actions we were committing to in order to improve your satisfaction with our products and services. We also committed to providing regular progress updates. In this issue, we provide an update across a number of actions.
Issue: Improve the language used across learning and assessment materials
Action: The assessments for core apprenticeship level 4 modules have all been reviewed and re-designed to address your feedback. These assessments will be released on 1 September.
Issue: Ease of use of online learning platform
Action: Earlier in the year, we launched Aka Toi to replace MyPath. Our teams have since been rolling out more improvements to enhance users’ (trainees, apprentices, and assessors) experience.

However, the development has not stopped there. We are constantly listening to feedback and although some changes take time to introduce, we have continued improvements to Aka Toi.
Issue: Lack of Careerforce support and communication with trainees, particularly at commencement of training.
Action: As outlined in our July issue, we have commenced a project to develop a new trainee welcome experience. Strong progress is being made, and we anticipate launching over September/October.

We have sought feedback from both employers and trainees as the process and supporting materials have been developed.
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https://www.careerforce.org.nz/top-tip-7-setting-up-a-buddy-or-mentoring-system/
Adult Literacy, Numeracy and Cultural Capability (ALNACC):
In our annual employer survey, challenges around staff literacy and numeracy came through as a very strong theme. Accordingly, we’ve committed to sharing literacy tips with employers in each issue of Skills for Good. In this issue, we introduce ALNACC.

Ako Aotearoa is an organisation that leads New Zealand’s tertiary sector in educational research and in building teaching capability for learner success.


Ako has formed a new subsidiary; ALNACC, which manages professional development programmes for vocational and workplace tutors who wish to improve their skills in embedding literacy and numeracy into their training programmes.

Information on this is located on their website: It is a very comprehensive website so you may need to use the internal search engine to locate what you are looking for. The professional learning and development (PLD) workshops are around $270 + GST per person, but Ako can deliver these in your workplace for a much cheaper rate. If you are interested, please contact Annette van Lamoen, PLD Consultant, annette.vanlamoen@ako.ac.nz, 027 364 7296.

These workshops are not part of an NZQA qualification, however they include a digital badge system that can be used as evidence for recognition of prior learning: More
To all the workplace trainers who have completed the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education for Vocational / Workplace Tutors - NCALNE (Voc), these workshops would be a great refresher, but they do cover many of the elements you have already explored. However, there are some great resources on the ALNACC website to add to your kete, for example, this one on reading non-fiction:
https://ako.ac.nz/assets/Knowledge-centre/RHPF-c51-Cracking-the-reading-code/c370609954/TUTOR-GUIDE-A-guide-for-reading-non-fiction.pdf.
Qualification Pathway Review - update
Rehab Support Online consultation opened from 22 Aug

We are now consulting on the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Rehabilitation Support) (Level 4) with strands in Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Impairment and Chronic Illness. This review will focus on the Brain Injury strand. The remaining two strands: Spinal Cord Impairment and Chronic Illness do not currently offer programmes and so a review is not justified.

We encourage you to take part in the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/REHABL4
For more information, please visit the Careerforce website

Skills for Living Seeking expressions of interest
We are now seeking expressions of interest to participate in the review of the New Zealand Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners (Level 1) with an optional strand in Skills for Working. Online consultation is launching soon. If you are interested to be part of this review, please email qualreview@careerforce.org.nz.

Hearing Therapy Level 6 – Consultation coming soon
We are in discussion with hearing therapy stakeholders to look at amendments to the qualification documents. We’ll publish the proposed changes soon and open for consultation.

Cleaning Consultation Analysis
We are now in the process of analysing all the feedback to come up with a recommendation that we’ll circulate to all stakeholders. For more information visit the website

Health and Wellbeing Submitted to NZQA
We are awaiting NZQA’s decision on the proposed amendments to the qualifications.

Youth Work – Submitted to NZQA
We await feedback from NZQA in regard to the qualifications documents submitted.

Vision Rehab Level 7  – Collating feedback
We are now collating feedback received to the proposed changes on the NZ Diploma in Vision Habilitation/Rehabilitation (Level 7).

Keep up to date! Visit the Careerforce website for more information about the Qualification Pathways Review.
https://www.careerforce.org.nz/top-tip-7-setting-up-a-buddy-or-mentoring-system/
Top Tip 11: Provide hauora, health and wellbeing support
In each issue of Skills for Good, we're sharing top tips on how you can best support your employees with their training. Here is the full set of tips to date. This month we look at the benefits of having a healthy workplace.
More research and articles have been published recently on the importance for employers to develop policies to ensure the health and wellbeing of their staff.

Te Ara Korowai Wellbeing Centre in Kapiti shares how they apply the concept of the Te Whare Tapa Wha health model – a holistic framework, to supporting their clients and staff to achieve balance in life.
https://www.careerforce.org.nz/careerforce-partner-with-yale-university-to-help-create-change/
Getting more young people into the workforce Whāia te iti: Kahurangi REAL Pathways to REAL Success
The health and wellbeing sector needs more young people in the workforce to combat the existing workforce shortages. Careerforce is continually exploring ways  to promote the variety of exciting career opportunities available across the sector to these younger audiences.

Orakei Marae recently played host to a pilot event called Whāia te iti: Kahurangi REAL Pathways to REAL Success. We invited young people from schools in the Auckland region to a day of interactive learning on career opportunities in the health and wellbeing sector.

The event was informed by a tikanga Māori approach with the active promotion of te reo Māori and values such as Whanaungatanga – building connections, Manaakitanga – enhancing the mana of others and Kotahitanga – working as one group to ensure the success of all students attending.
Inspiring speakers talked about their own pathways to a successful career and employers took time to connect with these young people to gain an understanding of what motivates them.

For the full article, read more below.
https://www.careerforce.org.nz/top-tip-7-setting-up-a-buddy-or-mentoring-system/
Pay Equity & Qualification Equivalencies
As part of both the 2017 aged care and support pay equity settlement, and the 2018 mental health and addiction support worker settlement, workers can qualify for pay equity via either job tenure, or level of qualification.

For qualification based pay equity, support workers either need to have an actual New Zealand Certificate in Health & Wellbeing (Level 2-4),  or a qualification which has been assessed as equivalent to it.

Careerforce was given responsibility for determining qualification equivalence, and to date, have assessed over 7000 New Zealand and overseas qualifications.   You can find out more about the assessment process here.

In each issue of Skills for Good, we will continue to publish the latest 'Pay Equity and Qualification Equivalency' updates.  

The most recent qualification decisions are available here.  Please also check our website for all equivalency decisions.
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