Late last year Whitireia and WelTec submitted a business case to the Minister of Education, Hon Chris Hipkins, proposing to merge our two institutes. This followed engagement with our community, stakeholders, iwi, students and staff seeking their feedback on the proposal. Overall there was strong support for the proposal to merge.
Read the Summary of Feedback.
This week the Minister has advised that while there is a clear rationale for our two institutes merging, given the proposed Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), it is not in the best interests of the tertiary education system to progress with a merger at this time.
Whitireia and WelTec support the Minister’s decision to not proceed with the merger in light of his recently announced reforms for the sector. The scale of reform he is contemplating is far more significant than we anticipated when we submitted our business case for merging Whitireia and WelTec. We welcome his acknowledgement that our rationale for merging aligns with the direction of RoVE.
Our focus is on returning our two institutes to a strong financial position so we can deliver effective, viable vocational education and training for our students. The Minister has reiterated the need for us to achieve our financial savings targets in the short to medium term, to ensure we are financially viable. This work is already underway and will continue for the remainder of this year and into early 2020.
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