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In this Issue
2-5 Yr Timeframe if RoVE Reforms Proceed
Qualification Pathway Review Update

Careerforce Partner with Yale University
Hospital Staff Celebrate Achievement
A Message from Andrew Saunders
Kia ora koutou

It has been a busy first quarter of 2019, as we have created our submission in response to the Reform of Vocational Education. We are grateful to those of you who completed our RoVE survey. It was pivotal to shaping our submission and gave us confidence that we are communicating the voice of industry.

The Government is now considering all submissions and is expected to make an announcement mid-year on next steps. We have had advice from Minister Hipkins and Ministry officials that if there was any transition of trainees to the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology it would take a number of years.

For Careerforce, it is business as usual and we can assure any trainees and apprentices that they will be able to complete any programme they commence.

I am pleased to be back in the role of General Manager Employer Services, following a short-stint as Interim CEO and four months in the Acting CFO role. I remain committed to ensuring that our stakeholders receive quality support and engagement from Careerforce, now and into the future.

Ngā mihi nui
Andrew Saunders
General Manager Employer Services

2-5 Year Timeframe if Proposed Reforms Proceed
It’s very much business as usual for Careerforce as the Government works through the proposed Reform of Vocational Educaton (RoVE) submissions.

Public submissions to the proposed reforms have now closed. Over 1500 submissions were made as part of this consultation, including many from the health and wellbeing sector.

The Government is now considering all these submissions, and is expected to make an announcement mid-year on possible outcomes and next steps. Regardless of any such announcement, Minister Hipkins and Ministry officials have been very clear that should various aspects of the reforms proceed as proposed, any transition of trainees to the proposed New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology would not be rushed, and will likely have a 2-5 year timeframe.
The Minister is well aware of the skills shortages facing many sectors, including health and wellbeing, and does not want to see any decrease in the current levels of industry training. In fact, it is the reverse.

The Minister is extremely clear that he wants to see levels of industry training, and of employer participation increase. Accordingly, for Careerforce, it is very much business as usual, and we can provide an absolute assurance that regardless of reform outcomes, trainees and apprentices will be able to complete any programmes they commence.

Download the Careerforce submission on the Reform of Vocational Education here.
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Increasing her Skills and Knowledge in Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Combining an Apprenticeship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation with her experience in Spinal Cord Injury seemed like natural progression for veteran health worker Sally Brown. But Sally is not your average Apprentice – she is also the lead Assessor for Healthvision, overseeing a team of around 200 support staff in the Auckland region for the specialised home healthcare provider.

Listen to Sally as she shares her story.

Qualification Pathways Review - Update
Health and wellbeing review  (Preparing for NZQA submission)
The recommendations are in final preparation for submission to NZQA.  For more information on the recommendations, click 'read more' below.
Youth work review  (Preparing for NZQA submission)
The proposed 'no change to current youth work qualifications' have now been submitted to NZQA. Thank you for sending us your attestations of support.
Cleaning review  (Consultation planning)
We are in the planning phase to review 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. For your chance to be part of the review, please email:
Reviews due to commence from May 2019
  • NZ Certificate in Skills for Living for Supported Learners L1
  • 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 (Social & Community Services) L4 with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental Health and Addiction, and Social Services
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Rehabilitation Support) L4 with strands in Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Impairment, and Chronic Illness
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) L4
  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Primary Care Practice Assistance) L4
  • NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing L5
  • NZ Diploma in Addiction Studies L6

To keep up to date with the Careerforce Qualification Pathway Review, please visit our website.
Careerforce Partners with Yale University to help Create Change
Careerforce is partnering with the Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health, to support ten emerging leaders who will participate in the LET(s)LEAD Academy, a transformational leadership development programme. Candidates will have lived experience, including mental health and addiction and are making positive changes in their community or sector or be interested in transformational change.

Careerforce is well placed to be involved in this LET(s)LEAD leadership initiative with Yale. In recent years Careerforce developed a successful a suite of business and management programmes that range from Levels 3 through to 6. These programmes for the social, health and hygiene sector were developed in direct response to demand from the industries that Careerforce supports. Already they have given hundreds of employees the opportunity to upskill and pathway further into careers in leadership and management.

The LET(s)LEAD leadership course was designed by the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health with input from people from around the globe. It will be supported by Careerforce in New Zealand for the first time through videoconferencing with instructors from Yale.

Careerforce General Manager Learning Solutions, Rod Bentham says,
“We are excited to be able to partner with Yale to bring the Let(s)Lead programme to New Zealand. The sector advised that a leadership programme for people with lived experience was needed, so we are pleased to be able to meet this need. The team at Yale have been fantastic to work with and are looking forward to sharing their expertise with the New Zealand fellows”.
Careerforce Shop is closing on 30 April
The Careerforce Shop was set up for workplaces to download learning guides and trainee assessments.  The Shop hosts both the old National Qualification resources and the New Zealand Qualification resources which replaced them. Most National qualifications have now been phased out. We have also provided professionally printed resources on request through the Shop. However, these requests have shrunk considerably.

As a result of the low level of Shop activity and since the New Zealand qualification resources are also available on the Careerforce Library we have taken the decision to close the Shop on 30 April 2019. Please contact us with any queries.

The Value of Care: Impact of the 2017 Pay Equity Settlement
We're pleased to share The Value of Care – evaluating the impact of the 2017 pay equity settlement of the aged residential, home and community and disability sectors. 

This research was carried out by Katherine Ravenswood and Julie Douglas from AUTs Work Research Institute with support from the Human Rights Commission and Careerforce. 

For more information, you can download t
he full document here.
Top Tip 7: The Value of Setting up a Buddy Mentoring system
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.

In this issue, we focus on the value of  setting up a buddy mentoring system.

“Mentoring systems can help to get learners started, get them on track and keep them on track.” says Matt Sang, Neighbourhood Connection Manager from Community Networks. 

“Our mentoring system has supported our team to complete the training quicker and in a more connected way - which means that they are able to offer better assistance to the people they support. It has also helped put all the theory into actual practice.”

Matt Sang talks to Careerforce about the mentoring system his organisation has in place, how it works and how they have benefited. He tells us about the mentoring system that he has in place, what the motivation was for setting up the system and what  benefits he has seen from setting up the system.
Hospital Aides, Orderlies and Operating Theatre Assistants Celebrate Achievement

A combined graduation of hospital aides, orderlies and operating theatre assistants was held recently in the Steve Williams Lecture Theatre in Christchurch. They were joined by other Canterbury DHB staff who have supported them in the workplace. The graduates have all completed the Level Three Certificate in Health and Wellbeing through Careerforce.

Three orderlies were presented with certificates for completing apprenticeships in Social and Community Services, Community Facilitation, Level Four, also run by Careerforce.
Director of Nursing Heather Gray spoke to those present, and presented certificates. Congratulations to all of the graduates who enjoyed this special afternoon celebrating their achievements.
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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