All People, Food and Fibre

Industries have indicated that they are looking for delivery that is flexible and that meets their industry’s circumstances. In addition, we know that not all learners learn the same way. 

Working with industry, learners, and providers, Muka Tangata is exploring and supporting different ways in which learning can meet the diverse needs of learners and employers. This recognises that the vast majority of learning in the sector is carried out on-job. It could include better combinations of on-job and ‘classroom’ learning; learning closer to where learners live and work; and/or online or computer-based learning.

Key steps:

Delivery and Assessment for the 21st Century is a joint project between Muka Tangata, Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence and Te Pūkenga. The project will look into

  • Delivery methods, reasons for change, and implications for learners of various different models;
  • Assessment methods - do existing methods still have currency? Is there a case for modernisation? Is assessment a barrier to qualification completion; and
  • Recognition of prior learning (RPL) - complete a critical assessment of RPL, the real or perceived need, the barriers, and the benefits.

Project milestones:

  1. Complete a national and international literature review around best practice delivery and assessment, with a focus on work-based, work integrated, and online learning.
  2. Develop an excellence rubric that differentiates Work Integrated Learning and Work-based Learning.
  3. Complete a deep-dive into Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  4. Engage with industry, employers, providers and ākonga (learners) to identify successful models, and to better understand barriers and challenges to delivery and assessment.
  5. Evaluate how well current models meet the diverse needs of learners and employers in the identified industries.
  6. Based on the findings, develop exemplars in delivery and assessment and/or guidance on how to better leverage existing practices, to government and providers.
  7. Develop an excellence rubric for programme delivery.
  8. Run a series of pilots with Te Pūkenga to test models of:
    • Delivery
    • Assessment
    • RPL

Next steps:

The project will start in December 2023 and last approximately 12 months.