Workforce Development Council Governance: Council Members

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Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga, the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), is the largest vocational education transformation our generation has seen. One of the significant milestones is the formation of six new industry led Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). They will enable industry to have a greater leadership role in vocational education.  

WDCs will be an important part of the new unified vocational education system, by ensuring industry has a stronger voice in making Aotearoa’s workforce fit for today, and for the future. WDCs will take a lead in ensuring learners develop the skills they need to be ready for the world of work. While they won’t arrange training, they will provide skills leadership, set standards, and develop qualifications. They will moderate and endorse programmes that lead to qualifications relevant to both learners and industry now, and for generations to come. They will also provide vocational education investment advice to TEC. 

We are now calling for Expressions of Interest from industry leaders with governance experience to form the first WDC Councils, and help establish six new WDCs that will advocate for industry and employer skill needs.   

We are seeking WDC Council members to form six new governance councils and provide leadership as part of the establishment of the six WDCs.  The six WDC Councils are for the:   

  • Construction and Infrastructure WDC 
  • Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC 
  • Health, Community and Social Services WDC 
  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics WDC 
  • Primary Industries WDC 
  • Service Industries WDC 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a key consideration in the formation of the WDC Councils and will underpin both vocational education strategy and approach.

More information regarding WDC establishment and the functions of WDCs can be found in the Education and Training Act 2020, and on the website of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).  

Skills and experience   

Each WDC Council will require diverse membership, a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the ability to represent a broad industry coverage. We are seeking leaders with significant governance experience, excellent communication and collaboration skills and a commitment to the kaupapa of the WDCs. The first WDC Councils will be dynamic, fast moving and will be expected to make a real impact and provide true leadership as part of the establishment of these new entities.   

In addition each WDC Council has specific requirements for member skills including:    

  1. Industry experience and credibility. The WDCs will be industry led. We are looking for respected industry leaders who can demonstrate support from industry associations, membership bodies, iwi and Māori authorities, or other relevant groups.   
  2. A strong employee voice. This will be important on all WDCs, so we are seeking candidates who have Union or employee group endorsement or nomination.   
  3. A commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Candidates of whakapapa Māori, who can bring significant cultural competence and networks, including those with experience from within Māori employer or employee groups will be sought specifically for appointment.   

Chair and Co-Chair positions  

The Construction and Infrastructure; Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics; and Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDCs will have a Co-Chair model. The Health, Community and Social Services, and the Services Industries WDCs will have a Chair and Deputy Chair. The Primary Industries WDC’s Chair model will be determined by the WDC Council once appointed. 

Next Steps  

For more information including application forms and an information pack visit Questions should be sent to

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16 April 2021.  

This Expression of Interest form and associated process is separate from the recent process for Nominations and Appointments committee members. The Expression of Interest period for Nominations and Appointments committee members is now closed.


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