Polytechnic mega-merger will take over apprentices and industry trainees

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has released a wide-ranging plan, aimed at getting more school leavers into good jobs.

It will see a single national body to take over all polytechnics, apprentices and industry trainees.

The institutes will merge to form the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology.

That new body will take over all of New Zealand’s 110,000 polytechnic students and 140,000 apprentices and industry trainees.

Read the report by Simon Collins Education reporter, NZ Herald simon.collins@nzherald.co.nz

The proposed NZ Institute of Skills and Technology will take over programme design and administration for all campuses of what are now 16 separate polytechnics.