WDC Design Process – Expressions of Interest

WDC Design Process – Expressions of Interest

Last updated 10 February 2020
Last updated 10 February 2020

We are seeking people to be actively involved in the design of the Workforce Development Councils. You would be part of a design process that generates common design options and recommendations to inform Workforce Development Council future design.

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape Workforce Development Councils and ensure they take a lead in making New Zealand’s workforce fit for today and the future.

Please note this Expression of Interest process is not about establishing any particular WDC. It is about looking at the best way for WDCs to operate, regardless of the industries they represent.

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) are a key component of the Reform of Vocational Education

The Reform of Vocational Education vision is to create a strong, unified and sustainable system for all vocational education that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive. A key element to achieving this is making sure industry voice has a strong influence on the vocational education sector.

WDCs will contribute to this by:

  • Providing skills and workforce leadership for the industries they represent. This includes identifying current and future needs and advocating for those needs to be met
  • Developing qualifications, setting standards, and moderating assessments
  • Providing vocational education investment advice to the Government
  • Endorsing provider programmes
  • Promoting the benefits of educating employees to employers.

Six WDCs will be created for this purpose.

Read more information on the Reform of Vocational Education programme and WDCs, including industry coverage areas.

Each WDC will be created through a staged approach, supported by the WDC design process

Each WDC will be established through a staged approach.  The first stage is an industry led WDC Establishment Working Group which undertakes the activities required to establish the WDC as a legal entity. The second stage is a WDC Establishment Board which undertakes the activities required to fully establish the WDC to the point where it is fully operational. 

The WDC design process will support this approach by generating operating model design options and recommendations to inform WDC establishment. It will also consider the processes and capabilities required to carry out a WDC’s functions.

WDC Establishment Boards are the main customers of the WDC design process. They will use the design process products to make final decisions on WDC design.

More information on the establishment of specific WDCs will be coming soon.

Two groups will be formed to deliver the WDC design process:

  • The Design Group
  • The Reference Group

The Design Group and the Reference Group contribute to different parts of the design process.

The Design Group, consisting of skills based participants and subject matter experts, will create initial design options and advice.

The Reference Group, consisting of a wide group of stakeholders including currently underserved learner groups, employers, industry representatives, unions, providers and senior leaders, will test and refine the Design Group’s initial products to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Products of the WDC design process will include:

  • Descriptions of the functions a WDC is legislatively required to deliver, and the processes, skills, and capabilities required to deliver them 
  • WDC operating model options, including operating principles, options for shared services, and approaches to cross WDC collaboration

We are looking for a good balance of skills and experience in the Design and Reference groups.

For both groups we are looking for people who are:

  • Future-focussed thinkers
  • Good communicators
  • Innovative and visionary
  • Collaborative

Participants on the Design Group will be selected based on their skills and expertise and the contexts in which they developed these.

Participants on the Reference Group will be selected based on their ability to bring a wider perspective to the design products.

Capabilities and experience we are seeking for each group are detailed in the table below.

  Design Group Reference Group
Capabilities and experience
  • Service and organisation design expertise
  • Knowledge of the vocational education sector
  • Knowledge of qualification design, standard setting, and programme development
  • Understanding of what is required to create a successful organisation
  • Understanding of current and possible future labour market trends and their impact on skill requirements
  • Experience in the collection and analysis of data from multiple sources to inform strategies and plans
  • Experience in identifying opportunities and/or implementing the delivery of ‘shared services’ between organisations
  • Ability to bring a Māori perspective

A mix of people ability to provide the following perspectives in the context of the vocational education sector, including:

  • Employers
  • Providers
  • Industry Training Organisations
  • Industry
  • Unions
  • Māori
  • Pacific Peoples,
  • Other currently underserved learner groups

Note: People cannot be on both the Design Group and the Reference Group

The Design Group and the Reference Group will meet separately on a 3 – 4 week basis

Meetings will held as follows:

Group Design Group Reference Group
Number of meetings 9 half to full day workshops 6 full day workshops
Location TBC – location will be based on where the majority of participants are located TBC – location will be based on where the majority of participants are located
Frequency Held 3-weekly on a Thursday Held monthly, but with varying frequency, on a Thursday

March 26

April 16

May 7

May 28

June 18

July 9

July 30

August 20

September 10

April 30

May 21

June 11

July 2

August 13

September 3

Responsibilities of the Design Group members

  • Attend Design Group workshops.
  • Provide business, industry, subject matter, and vocational education expertise to develop the design deliverables.
  • Actively contribute to the development of each design deliverable.
  • Review and provide feedback on draft design deliverables before they are considered by the Reference Group.

Responsibilities of the Reference Group members

  • Attend Reference Group workshops
  • Review draft design deliverables provided by the Design Group prior to Reference Group meetings
  • Provide business, industry, subject matter, and vocational education expertise to test, refine and finalise the design deliverables
  • Actively contribute to finalising each deliverable so that it is ready for WDC Establishment Boards.

As a general principle, participants employed by key stakeholder organisations should continue to be paid by their employer while participating in the design process.  Reasonable expenses for travel, accommodation and food will be covered by TEC.

There is a simple process to express your interest in being involved in the WDC design process

1.       Click here to complete the Expression of Interest form (Word, 36 Kb)

2.       You will be able to indicate whether you wish to be considered for the Design Group, Reference Group, or both.

Please send us your Expression of Interest by 12pm, 24 February 2020. We will let you know the outcome in early March.