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About the Education and Training Industry in New Zealand
The education sector or education system is a group of institutions (ministry of education, local educational authorities, teacher training institutions, schools, universities) whose primary purpose is to provide education to children and young people in educational settings.
New Zealand's education system has 3 levels:
Early childhood education — from birth to school entry age
Primary and secondary education — from 5 to 19 years of age
Further education— higher and vocational education
NZQA works closely with other education sector agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration New Zealand and the Ministry of Social Development on various initiatives.
Demand for Educators
Qualified educators are required in New Zealand across a broad spectrum of the education and training sector - including early childcare education, primary education, tertiary and vocational education, wananga (Maori centres of learning), private training, workplace-based learning, and non-formal education.
The highest demand for teachers is in Auckland. Latest reports show that 260 extra primary teachers and 130 extra secondary teachers will be needed to meet demand in Auckland. Demand in other areas includes Southland and Queenstown/Wanaka for primary teachers and Northland and Tauranga for secondary teachers.
Current Trends in Education
The latest report on education shows that tertiary enrollments are lowering, and apprenticeships growing. This reflects demand in respective industries and represents a shift in educational values.
The report also shows that while there is a decrease in domestic tertiary students, there is an increase in international tertiary students.
Teacher Shortage and Visa Applicants: What You Need to Know
To combat the teacher shortage, the government has added funding to initiatives to get more teachers into schools and education centres:
Extra $10.5 million in funding
Up to 230 grants of $10,000 for schools to get more graduate teachers into classrooms
Over 6,000 overseas-based teachers targeted in new campaign
$5 million more available for overseas relocation grants and finder’s fees
Easier access to up to $3,000 per teacher finder’s fee to help schools offset recruitment costs
At present only 80 per cent of graduates get a teaching job when they finish training.
The Ministry of Education has confirmed they are working to bring New Zealand-trained teachers home, and also looking for teachers who are trained in countries with similar qualifications to ours.
New Changes and Initiatives:
Increasing the number of Overseas Relocation Grants to match the increased recruitment drive and more availability of an up to $3,000 per teacher finder’s fee to help schools offset recruitment costs.
Expanding the Teacher Education Refresh (TER) subsidy so it can be accessed by overseas teachers to meet certification requirements with the Teaching Council. Further support will also be provided to teachers required to repeat or re-sit aspects of the TER programme, at no further cost.
Changes to the criteria to enable more schools to access the 3R national fund - making it easier to recruit for staff in shortage subjects and isolated areas.
Additional funding for agencies to process more overseas teacher applications.