New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology

Last updated 24 January 2020
Last updated 24 January 2020

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

One of the seven key changes announced on 1 August 2019 was the creation of a new kind of organisation to provide work-based, off-the-job, and online vocational learning and training right across the country.

With a working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology, the Institute will be a sustainable, national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training. It will start by bringing together the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, and over time will develop the capability to support work-based, provider-based and online learning as a unified system. 

If the legislation is passed as described, the Institute will be New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider. It will have the national and regional reach required to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries, enabling learners and employers to move between workplaces and other educational offerings and between locations as their needs change.

The Establishment Unit is headquartered in Christchurch and is charged by the Minister of Education with standing up the new Institute. The IST Establishment Board is chaired by Barry Jordan and the Executive Director of the Establishment Unit is Murray Strong.

Visit the IST Establishment Unit website.