New vocational education funding means ‘significant change’

A new unified funding system for vocational education is one of four major milestones in the New Zealand government’s reform of the education system, which aims to give every New Zealander the best chance to succeed, writes John Lewis for Otago Daily Times.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said Budget 2022 provided NZ$2 billion (US$1.3 billion) operating expenditure and NZ$855 million capital expenditure to build on and continue key shifts across the education system and deliver greater support to both education providers and learners. As part of that, the government released the detailed design of the new unified funding system for vocational education.

Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive Dr Megan Gibbons welcomed the introduction of unified funding to the vocational education sector. “The unified funding plan represents significant change,” she said. “Given the construction sector boom in our region, including the new Dunedin hospital, supporting more people into skilled work makes much sense.”
Full report on the Otago Daily Times site