Industry training organisation (ITO) Careerforce has received the highest possible ratings in its latest NZQA External Evaluation and Review (EER) in a final report just released by NZQA.

All non-university tertiary education organisations are subject to periodic EERs, the purpose of which is to provide an independent judgement of their educational performance and capability in self-assessment.

Careerforce received overall ratings of Highly Confident in both its educational performance, and its capability in self-assessment, having rated as Confident in its previous review (2013). The final report found that “the organisation has a clear purpose and direction and is well led by a highly effective sector and industry skills-based board and senior management team”. It also highlighted the ITO’s effective processes contributing to training outcomes.

According to Ray Lind (pictured), chief executive of Careerforce, describes the findings of the report as “the result of a huge team effort”. He acknowledges the efforts of staff and the board, and the support and contributions of their 1100 employer partners and 17,000 enrolled trainees.

Richard Westlake, Careerforce Board Chair echoed Lind’s sentiments.

“Careerforce’s growth in recent years reflects the quality of the qualifications being developed by Careerforce, in consultation with key stakeholders, and confirms that we are indeed meeting the needs of our sectors. I congratulate our employers for their commitment to upskilling their workforces to meet the growing needs of the health and wellbeing sectors.”

Careerforce has experienced significant growth since the last review, with an associated increase in Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding of 30 per cent, but has also achieved an increased cash contribution from employers, from 27 per cent in 2015 to 37 per cent in 2016.

It expects to experience continued solid growth in trainee volumes, as a result of increasing sector recognition of the value of a more qualified workforce, but also reflecting the huge demand for service workers, with a recent BERL report highlighting a shortfall of 200,000 service workers by 2020.

As a result of the Highly Confident rating, Careerforce will not require a further EER for four years, the maximum possible under the current legislation.

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