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TEC Needs Careful Consideration

The PSA, the union representing the staff of Skill New Zealand, reacted cautiously to the Government's decision to move the functions of Skill New Zealand into a Tertiary Education Commission.

"We are yet to be convinced that the decision to establish the TEC and to disestablish Skill New Zealand will address the distinctive interests of industry training" said PSA National Secretary, Richard Wagstaff. "We are concerned that the Commission will have a narrower focus with an emphasis placed on traditional or formal tertiary education"

Skill New Zealand has specialist expertise as an organisation in the business of purchasing and managing training for specific target groups. The PSA will be working to ensure that the TEC retains and enhances the functions currently carried out by Skill New Zealand. "Its expertise and capacity to respond effectively to community needs has been built up over the past decade and must not be lost in the new structure" continued Richard Wagstaff.

Any change such as this causes disruption. It is essential there is a well managed transition process, including addressing employment issues. "Our member expect to be closely involved throughout the transition process" Richard Wagstaff concluded.

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