Paerewa Ako me te Marautanga ā-motu | Skill standards and ‘national curriculum’ sector working group

The skill standards and ‘national curricula’ co-design work programme is part of a wider sector conversation that commenced with engagement meetings in 2020 and was further explored in 2021, as part of our simplifying New Zealand qualifications and other credentials consultation. 

Ngā Tukanga o te Mahi Ngātahi |Co-design Engagement Process

The co-design process was led by Te Rāngai Ohu Mahi - Paerewa Ako me te Marautanga ā-motu | Skill standards and ‘national curriculum’ sector working group. This group is co-chaired by NZQA and Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). 

Group members were drawn from WDCs, Te Pūkenga, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Transitional Industry Training Organisations (set up to transition functions of former Industry training Organisations), Universities, Schools, Private Training establishments (PTEs), Government Training establishments (GTEs), Tertiary Education Union, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Education and NZQA.

The sector working group developed criteria for the recognition of skill standards and ‘national curricula’ – now called New Zealand Programmes.

These were used to inform broader sector engagement and consultation. The consultation informed the development of NZQA Rules and guidance.  

Proposed changes to Rules were drafted by NZQA and consulted on across September/October 2022. 

The Board of NZQA and the Minister of Education approved the proposals and the changes to the Rules adopted late 2022. NZQA is currently working with the sector on developing guidance and templates for the new education products.

The diagram below outlines the stakeholder engagement process for the development and implementation of skill standards and ‘national curriculum’.

(PNG, 295KB)Click here for a larger version of the diagram (PNG, 295KB). 

More about skill standards and New Zealand Programmes

Skill standards are the core building blocks of vocational qualifications and some other qualifications and credentials. They will be listed at Levels 1 to 7 and will be components of qualifications up to Level 7 Diplomas.

New Zealand Programmes use skill standards and define the context, structure and information needed for teaching and assessment, within a specific qualification. Industry can use this education product especially when ensuring that what learners learn, how they learn and how they are assessed are consistent across the country.

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