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Last updated 25 June 2020
Last updated 25 June 2020

Coverage update: Workforce Development Councils

Six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) are a key part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) and will be at the heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s new vocational education and training system. They will help industry to take a lead in making our workforce fit for today, and the future.

Industries have been allocated to WDCs using the industries listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006. The industries will be specified down to ANZSIC Level 4 in the coverage description in each WDC’s Order in Council; the founding document of a WDC.  

Once the WDC is operational, it can describe its industries by the terms the industries want to use (rather than by the formal ANZSIC classification). The WDC can do this on its own website and in other published material.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins recently approved the technology industry’s move from the Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Technology WDC (now Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics WDC) to the Creative, Cultural and Recreation WDC (now Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC). The decision was made following ongoing engagement with the technology and creative industries to confirm and agree the best fit for technology. 

Throughout the process, there have been some minor but important changes in coverage with some industries moving from one WDC to another. These changes are based on ensuring a good fit between industries and WDCs and have involved input and agreement from the respective industries. All WDCs will be required to collaborate closely, particularly in areas supporting multiple industries.

The WDC industry finder tool is currently being updated to reflect these changes.