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MoE: The Effects of Review and Reform on YEP

This is an exciting time to be in education. We are poised at the leading edge of change as voices have been gathered throughout the country in the reviews and reforms. Now the “big picture” strategies have and continue to be announced. Details of those changes are just beginning to be developed.

In material, readily available to the public, you can find information about intended implementation timelines. It is going to take considerable time for implementation to occur. Let’s not sweat the small stuff. It is business as usual for us all.

As a result of the reviews and calls for reforms, there is a far larger, much needed spotlight on the pipeline from education to employment. And as our core business is preparation for employment it is perhaps wise of us to also look into what changes are coming in the employment space.

The need for students to make more informed choices, improving brokering of employment opportunities and career assistance, the prevention of NEETS, and improvement of the way students are supported as they transition into employment is evident in the recently published paper by Hon. Willie Jackson, Minister of Employment (
Our Youth Employment Plan – Setting our young people on a strong pathway to fulfilling working lives). 

In it, there is a call for systemic change, for a far more joined up approach across government agencies to provide holistic and robust support for every student as they traverse the pipeline. Minister Jackson states, “Soft skills, or employability skills, such as motivation, teamwork, self-management and communication skills, are also an important part of the skillset required to make the transition into paid work. Work experience can play a key role here in helping young people build and recognise these skills.” A great read. Check it out.

So YEP whānau, we are doing it! It feels good to know that there is a strong mandate for this mahi and that we can move forward enthusiastically knowing that we are contributing to the ‘Big Plan’ overall but more importantly to the lives of our rangatahi as they traverse the pipeline education to employment.

Ngā mihi,
Julia Pura-MacKenzie
Principal Advisor Secondary Transitions, Ministry of Education