New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

Last updated 2 April 2020
Last updated 2 April 2020

A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education. 

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST, a working title) stood up on 1 April 2020. It is one of the seven key changes announced on 1 August 2019 and is a new kind of organisation providing work-based, on campus, and online vocational learning and training right across the country.

NZIST brings together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into one organisation, and over time, will develop the capability to support work-based, campus-based and online learning as a unified system. 

NZIST will have the national and regional reach required to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries. Learners will be able to shift easily between on campus, on-the-job, or online learning – or a combination of all three that works for their needs. And if circumstances change, the training can adapt seamlessly.

NZIST has 15 ITP subsidiary boards and one national Council. Decisions are still to be made about the name and location of the NZIST while the focus remains on uniting to eliminate Covid-19.

For more detailed information about the new organisation, check out the NZIST website.