VET Review, MyPath Changes, Qual Review Update
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In this Issue
Vocational Education & Training Review
MyPath makes way for Aka Toi
Tools to help get Credits Straight Away
Pay Equity and Qualification Equivalencies
Vocational Education & Training Review
Most of you will now be aware of the Vocational Education Proposal that has been released for consultation and which has drawn significant media coverage. In short, the proposal makes three recommendations:

1/ Redefining the roles of education providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), and creating new Industry Skills Bodies
2/ Merging the 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into one Institute of Skills & Technology (IST)
3/ Creating a unified vocational education funding system

If the reforms proceed as proposed, this will have a significant impact upon ITOs and industry training as it exists today, notably with the transition of training programme delivery and trainees from ITOs to the new centralised Institute of Skills & Technology.

You can read more about the proposal here.

Have your say.
This is a 6 week consultation, with submissions closing Wednesday 27 March, 2019.
On behalf of the sectors we have responsibility for, we will be making a strong submission to the consultation.

We encourage you to digest the material which has been made available, and to assess the potential implications for your organisation. We also encourage you to have your say, which would be best made directly via submitting to the public consultation email, or completing the online survey. You may also wish to provide your feedback to Careerforce by emailing
Jane Wenman
Careerforce CEO

MyPath Outage 22-25 February - Aka Toi is Coming Soon!

On 25 February 2019, trainees and assessors will see some exciting changes to the MyPath learning and assessment platform, as we transition to the new and improved Aka Toi.
We know that the user experience with MyPath had scope for improvement.  As a result, we've gathered feedback and made some significant improvements.

To allow for the necessary upgrades and testing, we’ll be offline from 2.00pm Friday 22 February until 8.30am Monday 25 February 2019.   We apologise for any inconvenience.

More information is available here

Sharing the Stories of our Heroes and Giving them the Recognition they Deserve
Here is another amazing story about one of our trainees, who loves supporting people and making a positive difference.  

This month, meet Matt Rawling from the Salvation Army in Dunedin.

Qualification Pathways Review - Update
Health and wellbeing review – Requesting attestations
We appreciate it’s a busy time, so we extended the submission of attestations in support of the recommended changes to the health and wellbeing qualifications from Level 2 to 4 Advanced Support until Friday 22 Feb 2019. Please read more and download the attestation form and email to
Cleaning review – Consultation is expected to start in April/May

Consultation to review the cleaning qualifications commences in April. Qualifications to be reviewed include: The New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) with optional endorsement in Health Care Facilities Cleaning and the New Zealand Certificate in Cleaning (Level 3) with optional strands in Specialist Cleaning and Supervision.

If you want to be part of the review, please let us know by emailing

Youth work review – Request for attestation

The following youth work qualifications are now due for review:
New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 4)

Throughout 2017 and 2018 Careerforce representatives consulted with youth workers, trainees, peak bodies, providers and youth work representatives at various youth work hui and conferences (e.g. Involve) on our youth work qualifications.

Feedback we have received indicates that the graduate outcomes of the existing qualifications are fit for purpose therefore no changes are required. We are aware of significant changes in the youth work sector and we know that key strategies are also being reviewed. We expect to address these sector-led changes by reviewing the programmes which provides content and delivery detail. 

To support the qualification recommendations, we ask for your support by filling in the attestation form that will be submitted to NZQA. To find out more information and to show your support, please visit the Careerforce website.
Read more and download the attestation form
More to come in 2019

  • Review of NZ Certificate Skills for Living for Supported Learners L1 - Consultation is expected to start in April/May
  • Specialist qualifications – Consultation is expected to start between May and July
    • NZ Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion L5
    • NZ Diploma in Hearing Therapy L6
    • NZ Diploma in Vision Habilitation and Rehabilitation L7
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing L4 Apprenticeships - Consultation is expected to start in Aug
  • NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing L5 – Consultation expected to start in Aug

o keep up to date about the Careerforce Qualification Pathways Review, please visit our website:
Training Agreements - Workplace Sector Options
Section M of the Careerforce training agreement presently asks "What sector do you mostly work in?".

Some organisations have asked for additional sector categories to be added. Unfortunately we are unable to add new categories, and here we explain why.

An employer’s workplace sector is determined by selecting a value from a master list of industry codes (this is collected from our organisational form and the training agreement). This selected code is sent to TEC, and is validated against the master list of industry codes. The master list of codes is the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).  

ANZSIC codes were jointly developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand so that the two countries could have a consistent and agreed standard for comparing statistics. Consequently TEC and ourselves are unable to change or add to this classification. The Research and Intelligence team at Careerforce is reviewing this data requirement to ensure we are collecting, storing and transferring it correctly.

Top Tip 5: Get Early Runs on the Board – Tools to get Credits Straight Away  
In each issue of Skills for Good, we're sharing top tips on how you can best support your employees with their training.  In the last issue, we focused on How Study Groups Increase Engagement
In this issue, we focus on Getting some early runs on the board.

Imagine how motivating it will be for your staff if in the first month or so of their training they can already get assessed, gain credits or complete unit standards. This will help set them with a strong momentum, and give them a real confidence boost. We also know that trainees who get some credits early on are much more likely to complete the programme than those who don’t.

We always talk about the Careerforce programmes being based on the REAL approach; that is respectful, efficient, applied and living. We recognise that most of your staff are not picking up their tools for the first time. Accordingly, they should consider starting with one or two practical assessments first and get those credits recorded. It is also worth investing some time gathering and compiling ‘evidence of competencies’ to support those practical assessments.

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

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.
Careerforce was given responsibility for determining qualification equivalence, and to date, have assessed a number of New Zealand and overseas qualifications.

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