Workforce Development Councils will give industry a greater voice in the vocational education system to ensure their future workforce needs are met.
WDCs will give their industries and employers greater leadership and influence across vocational education. Success for WDCs will mean employers - including Māori business owners - are confident that vocational education graduates are ready for work and that the future skills needs of their industry will be addressed by the vocational education system.
As well as directly benefiting employers, WDCs will improve confidence and outcomes across the sector. Providers can be confident their programmes are relevant to employers and endorsed by industry. Learners can be confident their qualifications will meet employers’ expectations and national industry standards.
Six WDCs were stood up on 4 October 2021 through the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).
Toi Mai proposal - expiry of twelve unit standards
E hiahia ana mātou te rongo i tāu e whakaaro ai, we want to hear from you!
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Toi Mai Workforce Development Council celebrates appointment of Tama Kirikiri as Poumatua and Deputy Chief Executive
Co-chairs of the Toi Mai Workforce Development Council welcome the appointment of Tama Kirikiri, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Konohi, Ngāti Rākaipaaka, Kāi Tahu as Poumatua and Deputy Chief Executive of Toi Mai.
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Hanga Aro Rau WDC is seeking a new Council member
Hanga Aro Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council is seeking a new Council member
Ko te mauri o te tangata, ko te ora o te iwi. The lifeforce of the individual is the lifeblood of the people.
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Toitū te Waiora Workforce Development Council welcomes Donovan Clarke, inaugural Chief Executive
The appointment is a significant milestone in the establishment of the Workforce Development Council, which will give sectors including care services, education, health and social services greater leadership in the vocational education and training system.
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Ringa Hora Services Workforce Development Council – getting ready to serve
Ringa Hora Services Workforce Development Council is excited to introduce both their new name and their inaugural Chief Executive.
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Council member Expressions of Interest for Hanga Aro Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council now open
Hanga Aro Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council wishes to co-opt one additional member.
Expressions of Interest are invited from industry leaders with significant governance experience who want to play a part in leading the industry-led Workforce Development Councils and creating new futures for all learners.
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Waihanga Ara Rau
Construction & Infrastructure
Welcome to Waihanga Ara Rau, the Workforce Development Council for Construction and Infrastructure. We represent many industries including concrete, construction, electricity, gas, infrastructure, plumbing, roading, telecommunication, and water.
We aim to transform access to education and strengthen the construction and infrastructure workforce through partnership and connection across the motu.
Workforce Development Council
Toi Mai is the Ohu Ahumahi - Workforce Development Council for the creative, cultural, recreation and technology sectors.
Our kaupapa is to enhance vocational education and training to meet industry needs. We are a new organisation whose goal is to ensure the workforce of Aotearoa has the skills it needs for the world of work today, and for the future.
Toitū te Waiora
Community, Health, Education and Social Services
Toitū te Waiora (Community, Health, Education, and Social Services) Workforce Development Council represents sectors including care services, youth services, disability services, education and educational support services, funeral services, and mental health and addictions services.
We also represent health services, public order safety, regulatory services, skin and nail therapy services, social services, and urban pest control.
We are about people helping people, and we are proud of the difference our sectors make in Aotearoa.
Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics
Hanga-Aro-Rau Workforce Development Council represents the manufacturing, engineering and logistics industries including wood manufacturing, bakery, butchery, mechanical, automotive and marine engineering, dairy processing, extractives and drilling, and transport.
We ensure our sectors lead and influence the vocational education system and its transformation.
Mā wai te huarahi e hora? Mā ngā ahumahi!
Who will pave the pathway forward? Industry will!
People, Food and Fibre
Te hunga kei te iho o ā tātou kai, ā tātou muka ki tua
People at the heart of our food and fibre future
Muka Tangata is the Workforce Development Council for the food and fibre sector – we work on ways to enhance vocational education and training to meet industry needs.
Ringa Hora (Services) Workforce Development Council represents industries including Advisory Services, Aviation, Cleaning Services, Business Services, Contact Centres, Financial Services, Hospitality, Local Government, Real Estate, Retail, Security Services, State Sector, and Tourism & Travel.