Formal education and training systems are not the only way in which people develop skills, with people gaining skills through work experience, informal and non-formal learning, and/or outside the country in which they work. The fact that these skills are invisible magnifies the challenge of skills under-utilisation and mismatch and can lead to learners repeating unnecessary training. 

Muka Tangata is working with stakeholders, including industry, providers, the Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence, and government, to better understand, identify and address barriers to recognising existing skills. For example, recognition of prior learning towards formal learning. 

Latest update:

As we have built up our workforce development plans, we can see that there are common opportunities across multiple industries relating to non-formal learning and qualifications. To give this issue more focus and to systematically address any sector-wide issues we have combined our work in this area into a single programme of work.

Our industry teams will be closely involved in this work, and we will make sure that any unique issues or solutions for Seafood continue to be visible and prioritised.

You can read about our progress HERE.