Workforce Development Council Coverage Tools

Workforce Development Council Coverage Tools

Last updated 7 July 2020
Last updated 7 July 2020

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On 17 December 2019, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced there would be six Workforce Development Councils established as part of the new vocational education and training system.

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will help industry take a lead in making New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, they will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

We’ve created a WDC industry finder tool so industries can confirm which WDC they have been assigned to.

We’ve also got a diagram to show the connection between WDCs, transitional Industry Training Organisations and L4 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006 classified industries. This reflects the most recent coverage changes. 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.

Industries have been allocated to WDCs using the industries listed in the ANZSIC. The industries will be specified down to ANZSIC Level 4 in the coverage description in each WDC’s Order in Council. This is how a WDC’s industries will be specified legally.

The decision around final coverage areas will be made by TEC and confirmed through Orders in Council (OICs).Once the WDC is operational, it can describe its industries by the terms they want to use (rather than by the formal ANZSIC classification). The WDC can do this on its own website and in other published material.

Not all industries are specifically listed in the ANZSIC, but they will be covered by other related industries. For example, composites manufacturing isn’t listed but would be classified under other basic polymer manufacturing and other basic chemical product manufacturing.

Before any decisions were made about the high-level industry coverage of WDCs, the following consultation and engagement activities were undertaken:

  • Five public workshops/meetings – two in Auckland, and one each in Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton (attended by 213 organisations and 294 people)
  • Workshops with Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), government organisations/officials, and regulatory/skills standards bodies
  • Around 30 meetings with individual industry associations and employers (or groupings of up to 10 organisations)
  • Participation at around 25 ITO-arranged engagement events
  • Regional engagement as a part of the wider Reform of Vocational Education programme, including participation at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Regional Skills Leadership workshops

Additional feedback was also received via a public email address,

The document- What we heard about the potential coverage and governance of workforce development councils (PDF, 6 Mb) - provides a comprehensive summary of the feedback we received from consultation and engagement. You can also find more output documents from meetings on the WDC webpage under ‘What consultation and engagement was there?’

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