Letter from the President, September 2018

Kia ora Koutou Members

We held our September executive meeting at The Food Bowl, Auckland Airport. The FOODBOWL is an open-access facility operated by NZ Food Innovation Auckland, part of the NZ Food Innovation Network; a national network of science and technology resources created to support the growth of Food & Beverage businesses, by providing both facilities and expertise. The FOODBOWL was designed as a facility where companies can produce commercial runs of new products. Thank you to Competenz for organising this venue.

Katherine and Sarah from Competenz spoke about their organisation which represents 36 different industries, 3500 businesses, and has 20,000 learners. There will be “vast requirements” for people and new staff in the future. RHVA (Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) are areas of particular growth. Competenz recruitment initiatives include their YouTube channel, Speed meets, participation in ‘Got a Trade, Got it Made’, Regional Expos and ATNZ. There are two years of fees-free training for workplace learning.

Make sure you have your say on the NCEA review. We won’t get this chance again for a long time so let’s make sure that we push for better alignment between education and work & life and less focus on meaningless assessment and incoherent credit farming. There are a range of submission types which can be accessed here. Your executive team will also be making a formal CATE submission.

Or website is a work in progress. We are aiming for a modern, tight format which is useful to you. If you have any suggestions, let us know! Thank you to our website manager Mark, [email protected]

We’re all looking forward to conference in Auckland. The programme is looking great and the team up there is doing a brilliant job working with Event Dynamics.  It’s sure to be a memorable event with some new features so make sure you don’t miss out! Just a reminder that conference scholarships are granted when there is sufficient money generated at conference and are to be used to assist members to get to conference. Scholarship money distributed in 2019 will represent profits from both the 2017 & 2018 conferences.

We heard from Sarah from Competenz who spoke about Raleigh NZ a global charity with a focus on sustainable development. Currently there are four countries young New Zealanders can volunteer to go to. The organisation focuses on environmental and community work and the adventure challenges it provides. https://raleighinternational.org/

Sean from Asia Foundation addressed the meeting and explained the foundation has the goal of equipping New Zealanders to “thrive within Asia”. There is currently a lack of understanding between what our current students believe will be relevant to their careers (re Asia) and the reality.The Foundation is seeking ways to engage students and educators and increase knowledge and awareness. Suggestions were to create videos of young people, and to utilise Asian students already here in NZ. Money is available – please get in touch with Sean with any further ideas on how to spend it! http://www.asianz.org.nz/

Some members continue to receive approaches from Crimson Education. I have reservations about the company’s methods and philosophy and we will continue to maintain a respectful ‘distance’ for now.

Finally, Barbie and Rosey from ERO spoke to us about reviews undertaken by ERO

Vocational Pathways: Authentic and relevant learning May, 2016

What’s Drives Learning in the Senior Secondary School? May, 2018

They acknowledged that Vocational Pathways have not landed as they were intended and there are huge challenges in using VP’s properly, particularly when there are constraints with timetabling. Most schools are still a long way from viewing academic achievement and practically based achievement as equal. ERO believe there needs to be much better communication from MOE around this. CATE is fully in support of this position.

I suggested ERO might like to consult with CATE representatives on what we believe best practice might look like.

As you can see, there’s plenty going on. I trust you will have a safe and happy holiday.

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Ngā mihi

Warwick Foy

CATE President