What WDCs will do

What WDCs will do

Last updated 19 July 2021
Last updated 19 July 2021

WDCs work with their industries to develop and maintain a strategic view of the skills their industries require now and in the future. They translate these needs into expectations of what the vocational education system will deliver. Education and training providers – Te Pūkenga, Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and te Wānanga - will be expected to respond to these expectations.

WDCs will set standards, develop qualifications and help shape the curriculum of vocational education. They will moderate assessments against industry standards and, where appropriate, set and moderate capstone assessments at the end of a qualification. Some of these functions are currently carried out by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) or the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and will transition to WDCs on 4 October 2021. To support this transition, a closed recruitment process is being run from late July 2021 for ITO and NZQA staff who currently carry out these functions or who may be interested in working for a WDC.

WDCs will endorse programmes that lead to industry qualifications prior to them being approved by NZQA. This includes programmes that are work-based (such as apprenticeships), on-campus or online.

WDCs will provide advice to TEC on investment in vocational education. This advice will be timed to inform the TEC investment cycle.

A Shared Services Centre (SSC) will provide leadership and support for WDC functions including finance, technology, procurement, human resources, learning and development and facilities. 

WDCs will contribute to improved outcomes for industry, employers, learners and providers

WDCs will contribute to improved outcomes for industry by:

  • shaping the vocational education and training system to deliver more relevant education and skills
  • giving a stronger voice to Māori business and Iwi development
  • ensuring national consistency in graduate outcomes
  • addressing skills shortages

WDCs will contribute to improved outcomes for employers by:

  • ensuring the vocational education and training system is relevant to the needs of employers, including Iwi employers
  • increasing the numbers of employers who are engaged in vocational education

WDCs will contribute to improved outcomes for learners by:

  • ensuring they receive vocational education that is more relevant to work
  • increasing the attractiveness of vocational education
  • prioritising traditionally underserved learners and those needing to retrain

WDCs will contribute to improved outcomes for providers by:

  • helping them to better understand the needs of their learners, communities and employers so provision can be designed accordingly
  • ensuring industry requirements being consistently applied

WDCs will honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and support Māori-Crown relationships

All WDCs will work to honour te Tiriti o Waitangi and support Māori-Crown relationships. WDCs will co-ordinate to ensure a cross-WDC approach to establishing organisations that have a strong foundation in te Ao Māori.

This will include gathering insights from Māori industry and iwi business about their skill and workforce needs to ensure their success. These commitments are set out in legislation via the Education and Training Act 2020 and WDC Orders in Council.

Who WDCs will work with

As the voice of industry, WDCs will primarily work with industries and employers in their sectors, including Māori industry and iwi businesses. WDCs will also work and collaborate with each other.

In order to deliver their core functions, WDCs will engage or partner with Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs), Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) and Providers (Wānanga, Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and Te Pūkenga).

WDCS will also engage with a range of parties to help inform and prioritise their service delivery. These include the Ministry of Education (MoE), Advocacy Groups, Learners, Taumata Aronui, Government agencies and schools.