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Reshaping Vocational Education and Training in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Presents the purposes, approaches and practices, and direction of Aotearoa New Zealand VET across multiple sectors

  • Examines distinct features of Aotearoa New Zealand and its holistic approaches towards accrediting VET qualifications

  • Details current reforms of vocational education intended to ensure equitable access and support for learners

Part of the book series: Professional and Practice-based Learning (PPBL, volume 34)

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About this book

This book contributes extensively to a better understanding of how vocational education and training (VET) and practice-based learning and teaching is developed and designed. It presents examples of vocational education as an ongoing dialogue, continually refreshed through engagement between educators and learners, Māori, employers, industry, and others. It demonstrates how the needs of learners can be met through relevant models of delivery, and how organisations and individuals work towards equity of access and parity of outcomes for all.

It details the origins, purposes and evolution of vocational organisations, initiatives supporting Māori and Pasifika success and women in traditionally male-dominated occupations, the roles, provisioning and impact of foundation VET across different contexts, innovations through Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes of learning, the contribution of new technologies to learning approaches, and the efficacy of education and professional development for VET teachers.

This collection of chapters illustrates how Aotearoa New Zealand’s VET system is responding to challenging and changing environments through new frameworks of practice, approaches, and models of delivery. As an overview of a system in change, it is of interest to VET educators, system managers, and policy makers.


  • degree apprenticeships into NZ tertiary education
  • practice-based learning
  • technology-enhanced learning
  • digitally supported learning
  • work integrated learning
  • workplace learning
  • Maori learners
  • Pacifica learners
  • diverse learners
  • foundation literacy and numeracy
  • midwifery education
  • engineering education
  • biculturalism and VET pedagogy
  • Māori pedagogy and workplace learning
  • Pacifica workplace learning
  • learning eco-system
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • industry training
  • women industry trainees
  • online and distance education

Editors and Affiliations

  • Te Kāhui Rauhi Kaimahi (People and Capability Division), Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

    Selena Chan

  • Policy, Research and Performance, Nursing Council of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

    Nicholas Huntington

About the editors

Dr Selena Chan is an educational / research capability developer at Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology – CPIT). She brings into her research, her past experiences as a craft/tradesperson and vocational education educator. Through the last two decades, her work has informed the support of entry into and completion of apprenticeship; development of technology-enhanced learning in VET; the recognition of the dual identities of vocational educators as craftsperson and teacher; and improved understanding of the ways practice-based learning is enacted. Much of this work is presented and discussed in her 2020 book, 'Identity, pedagogy, and technology-enhanced learning: Supporting the processes of becoming a trades person'. Her latest book published in 2021, 'Digitally-enabling ‘learning by doing’ in vocational education: enhancing ‘learning as becoming’ processes', summarises the learnings derived from supporting the curriculum design and shift to ‘distance learning’ wrought by the pandemic

Dr Nicholas Huntington has worked at the intersection of research and policy for a range of agencies, organisations, and research units. Before taking up his current role with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, he managed the Building and Construction ITO’s policy response to the government’s vocational reforms. Prior to that he led the policy and strategic projects portfolios at Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, where he had a particular focus on promoting vocational education research, skills and workplace-led learning, the relationship between education and work, and supporting learner voice in tertiary education. He was a member of the Tertiary Education Commission’s Workforce Development Council Design Reference Group. Nicholas has authored and co-authored publications on a wide range of topics, from electoral politics to health workforce development, and his recent doctoral thesis explores how practitioners in New Zealand’s skills policy community engage with the concept of evidence-based policy.

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