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1 1 April 2012 The targeted review of qualifications – progress

2 2 Qualifications system – key issues System not understood by learners / employers –Local / provider qualifications, National Qualifications Too many qualifications and duplication –Over 6000 in total, United Kingdom, Finland –eg 3,455 certificates in 305 Fields (25% in only 10 Fields) –No test of relevance Unclear which qualifications were available –Many were inactive or expired but still listed

3 3 Pathways to further education and employment not clear to students / parents / employers –Education, employment, skills/knowledge Cost and time to market of qualifications –Average $70,000 per qualification Different quality assurance requirements for National and provider qualifications

4 4 Targeted review package of changes Establish the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and provide clear information on the availability of a qualification Review qualification design, strengthen outcome statements and industry involvement Reduce the number of qualifications on the NZQF through mandatory reviews and - pre-development assessment

5 5 Principles underpinning qualification design Based on needs Clear graduate, education and employment outcomes Flexibility – separate qualification from programmes Collaborative development

6 6 Relationship between qualification and programme

7 7 What a new qualification looks like Qualification details e.g. Title, type, level, credits and NZSCEd etc Strategic Purpose Statement Outcome Statement e.g. Graduate profile, education and employment pathways Specification –ensures there is sufficient information for programme developers to meet the graduate profile –differentiates mandatory and optional conditions for qualification and/or individual outcomes

8 8 Lifecycle of a qualification

9 9 Conducting a review Gather information to determine sector needs and skills profiles –workforce development approach Establish Stakeholder Profile Determine governance and working structures Prepare a revised map or ‘suite of qualifications’ –look for commonalities –pathways Prepare new qualifications for pre-approval –Sign-off from current qualification owners Report to NZQA

10 10 Mandatory review progress 1640 qualifications to be reviewed this year –1645 qualifications in 21 sectors now underway or complete Progress so far –2 approved Diplomas in Aviation listed (from 26) –7 ESOL qualifications approved for development (from 274) –8 cranes qualifications for pre-approval (from 6) –3 refrigeration and air conditioning qualifications for pre- approval (from 6) –6 baking qualifications for pre-approval (from 7) –4 cookery qualifications for pre-approval (from 74)

11 11 Challenges in the review process Needs – evidence based, step back, take a fresh look Planning – 6 month timeline Governance Consultation Communication and information Use the guidelines Competing needs – funding, immigration, TEO business

12 Conduct the review Preparation – prior to trigger DRAFT outline of mandatory review key deliverables and timeline Month 1 Month 2Month 3 Month 5Month 4Month Month 6 Consultation Working group activity Governance decisions Governance group Trigger 1 Submit applications Gather and analyse information: - current qualification usage - confirm qualifications included in review - skills profiles where available - on needs identification / confirmation - feedback on current qualifications Plan due to NZQA Develop initial stakeholder profile Plan and invite stakeholders to initial meeting(s) Consider governance and working group structures Prepare materials for initial meeting - Qualifications list - About TRoQ - Agenda Prepare industry / sector needs analysis Confirm stakeholder profile Sign-off plan Prepare review plan Review and approve skills map and new suite of qualifications for consultation Sign-off applications and report Map skills to qualifications Prepare new suite of qualifications Develop draft strategic purpose and outcome statements Determine facilitator / lead Stakeholder workshop(s) and consultation on new qualifications Qualification owners sign- off Revise strategic purpose and outcome statements Sign-off qualifications Prepare applications for pre- approval and review report Stakeholder attestations Stakeholder group(s) Working group(s) Qualification owners Stakeholder workshop(s) Progress on consultation Establish relationships

13 13 NZQA assistance Guidelines Workshops Critical friend, facilitation SRMs Conversation, information and advice Disseminating learning - practice notes

14 14 Eve McMahon Programme Manager Targeted Review of Qualifications Quality Assurance Division NZQA Questions to:

15 Tertiary Qualifications System Improvements Levels 1-6 THE KEY ISSUES System not understood by learners / employers Too many qualifications and duplication: 3,455 certificates in 305 Fields (25% in only 10 Fields) Unclear which qualifications were available Pathways to further education and employment not clear to students / parents / employers Cost and time to market of qualifications Different quality assurance requirements for National and provider qualifications PACKAGE OF CHANGES 1.Establish the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) and provide clear information on the availability of a qualification 2. Review qualification design, strengthen outcome statements and industry involvement 3. Reduce the number of qualifications on the NZQF through mandatory reviews and - pre-development assessment FUTURE SOCIETY / INDUSTRY NEEDS ECONOMIC / FISCAL CONTEXT IMPACTS NZQF internationally relevant 1200 – 1300 qualifications on NZQF by end 2014 (2,530 by end 2012) Skills, knowledge and competencies of graduates from each qualification are clear Clear pathways to future qualifications for learners / employers Qualifications relevant and fit- for-purpose Significant $ savings over time Consistent approach to quality assurance


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