The consultation document was released last week. 

The four main proposals are:

  • Inclusion of a wider range of education products on the NZQF
  • Explicitly embedding transferable competencies into the NZQF
  • Address technical issues in the NZQF
  • Make the NZQF easier to use and more relevant to all New Zealanders.

Deputy chief executive Dr Grant Klinkum says the NZQF is being reviewed against a backdrop of changes to the nature of work.

“The impact of digitalisation and automation means that the New Zealand workforce need to have the skills, competencies and capabilities to engage in meaningful work throughout their careers and lives," he said.

“Early this year we launched micro-credentials, standalone credentials smaller than qualifications, that enable learners to access specific knowledge and skills in a cost-effective and time-efficient way.

"Micro-credentials enable an adaptive, flexible education and training system to support New Zealand learners and businesses to realise their potential, while responding quickly to knowledge and skill gaps."

Micro-credentials are just one example of a new education product that could be included on the NZQF.

Consideration also needs to be given to how to recognise regional, international and professional qualifications as education and training responds to an increasingly digital and global world.

“The inclusion of a broader range of education products onto the NZQF could encourage more lifelong learning, provide greater clarity and more information to learners - enabling more informed choices about their education and training pathways," Klinkum continued.

"Employers will be better able to recruit and retain people with the skills they need.”

Employers have expressed a wish to see transferable competencies such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship embedded more explicitly into the NZQF.

The consultation document proposes an approach that will ensure education providers give greater prominence to these competencies in their education and training programmes.

All New Zealanders are encouraged to consider the proposed changes to the Qualifications Framework and provide feedback by 5pm, 7 December 2018.