Latest ROVE Information

Interview with Mark Oldershaw, EIT Deputy Chief Executive

Information for students and whānau

On the 1 August, the New Zealand government announced that on 1 April 2020 EIT – along with the other 15 Institutes of Technologies and Polytechnics – will be merged into a new national institute. You might have asked yourself what this means for you?

Over the next couple of years, you will see minimal change. The reforms will take time and the government will work closely with us to manage the transition. Students will be well supported throughout the change process and every change will be well signposted.

For now, the reforms won’t change anything for you.

  • You will still be able to complete your studies and training through EIT.
  • You can continue enrolling at EIT as you normally would in 2019 and 2020.
  • You will be able to complete any study or training you start.
  • Your qualification or credential in the next few years will continue to be awarded by EIT.
  • You will graduate with an EIT-branded qualification.
  • You can confidently enrol in multi-year programmes.

If you are a domestic student, Fees Free tertiary education, along with financial support available through StudyLink, will continue.

If you are an international student, you will be able to continue your study uninterrupted for the next few years.  Any approved visas and study arrangements will continue, and the courses and qualifications you are enrolled in will continue to be recognised.

If you are an apprentice or trainee, you’ll continue your training. However, at some point before December 2022, support for your learning will come from a different organisation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What is ROVE about?

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) project contains wide-sweeping reforms and will impact significantly on the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic Sector.    A continued strong presence in tertiary education is essential for the regions of Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti and we will continue strongly in our delivery of education across all our campuses.

The Government announced these reforms in February 2019 and the Government’s consultation phase closed on 5 April.  

On the 1st August 2019 the Minister of Education announced the main decisions from the Review of Vocational Education.  These are to:

  • Transition the 16 existing ITPs, including EIT, into one national organisation that currently has a working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).  The new organisation will come into effect from 1st April 2020 but the transition from ITP’s to NZIST will take several years.
  • Phase out Industry Training Organisations (ITO) by the end of 2022 with their role of arranging industry training being moved to providers, mainly NZIST by this time.  The ITO’s role of skills leadership/standard setting will move to yet to be established Workforce Development Councils.
  • Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups to cover vocational education and training across a whole region, not just for the activities for NZIST. 
  • Establish a new Crown – Māori tertiary education sector-wide working group.  This will be known as Te Taumata Aronui.
  • Deliver a new funding system to take effect from 2021.  

A brief summary of the RoVE decision can be found here.

More information on various aspects and in different languages is here.