Tertiary education not required
Businesses sign open letter to present new approach to recruitment
More than 100 companies have signed an open letter declaring tertiary qualifications are not required for a range of roles within their workplaces.
The open letter titled ‘NZ Talent’ was signed by the companies listed below, with an aim to change the conversation around education in New Zealand.
It states they do not require tertiary qualifications for a range of skills-based roles in their companies. Instead, the focus during recruitment will be on assessing the skills, attitudes, motivation and adaptability of applicants. (Read the letter on NZ Talent.org or here )
Trade Me, a signatory, has launched a ‘no qualifications’ search filter on a the Trade Me Jobs site to highlight skills-based roles being advertised with no qualification required. Job hunters can search these roles through the Trade Me job site or at trademe.co.nz/jobs/nztalent
Head of Trade Me Jobs Jeremy Wade says Trade Me wants to make sure all Kiwis are aware of their options.
“While tertiary qualifications and study work well, it is certainly not the only avenue to securing a great job as many employers value life experience and passion above all else."
The open letter is an initiative under the ASB/KPMG Strategic Insights Panel (SIP), a group of 30 senior business leaders from New Zealand companies who have set a goal to help double GDP per capita growth from 1.5% to 3% by 2021.
The letter is one of the pieces of work panel members think can help achieve that goal.
Frances Valintine, who co-led the NZ Talent initiative under the SIP, says the letter recognises the growing demand from employers for skills that are often learned outside the traditional tertiary framework.
“Businesses across New Zealand are struggling to find talented employees that can bring enthusiasm, natural talent, passion and potential to their companies as qualifications do not always reflect the true capability of applicants,” Valintine says.
“Solving the talent crisis requires bold new ways to match people, capability and jobs and I believe removing the fixed requirement for a formal qualification is a great first step.”
EdCollective chief executive Luc Shorter says tertiary education remains valuable but cannot be considered the only route to employment.
“Traditional tertiary education will always have a place, but industries and the way people access knowledge has changed and is continuing to change at pace. As such, we need to validate additional pathways for getting people into skilled jobs,” Shorter says.
“People learn a great deal from their work and life experience; we need to be more open to valuing that.”
ASB executive general manager business Steve Jurkovich says ASB shares the view there is a growing demand for contemporary skills which are often learned outside formal education programmes.
“We hope the letter will start a conversation around the different pathways to prepare young people for employment and what businesses can do to attract the right talent in the fast-changing job market.”
Open Letter signatories: ASB, Adherium, AIA, AMS, Animation Research, Artificial Intelligence Forum NZ, Autex, AWF Madison, Bidfood Limited, Bobux, Booktrack, Buckley Systems, Cardinal Logistics, Catalyst, Ceres Organics, Child Fund, CoHired, Colliers International, Countdown, Criffel Station, Delmaine, Direct Capital, Eat My Lunch, Ed. Collective, Edmund Hillary Fellowship, Enspiral Dev Academy, Epay, Euro Corporation, Exess Connectivity, Figure NZ, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare, Fonterra, Foodstuffs North Island, Fronde, Frontside, Giftstation, Go Bus, Harrison Grierson, HiFX, Hi-Tech Trust, Hunchbuzz, Iceberg, Icebreaker, Icehouse, iMoko, Intergen, Invenco Group Limited, IT Engine Limited, Jucy, Kiwirail, Kotahi, KPMG, Manaiakalani Trust, Metlifecare, Microsoft, Moa, Mondiale, Movio, My Food Bag, Naveya and Sloane, Next Foundation, Noel Leeming, NW Group, NZ Rise, NZ Tech, NZRS, OMG Tech, Optimal Business Intelligence, Optimisation, Osynlig, PledgeMe, Prestige Law, Pure Commerce, QualIT, Radius Care, Ria, Roam, Ruckus Media, Rush Digital, Safestack, Shine, Skycity, SMX, Solarcity, Soul Machines, Spark, Spidertracks, Summerset Group, Swaytech, Tech Futures Lab, The Exponential Agency, The Mind Lab, The Warehouse, Torpedo 7, Totara Learning, Tourism Holdings NZ, Trade Me, Trilogy International Limited, Unfiltered, Unitec, Vector, Vend, Venture Centre NZ, Vista Group, Waiora Pacific, Warehouse Stationary, WorldFront, Xero