18 May 2016

Careers NZ to become part of TEC

1:13 pm on 18 May 2016

The government says it is reviewing schools' career services and merging its own careers advice organisation, Careers New Zealand, into the Tertiary Education Commission.

It says the move will improve advice to students.

The change follows a review of Careers New Zealand, which employs 121 people and provides free careers information. It also works with organisations such as tertiary institutions and schools to help them provide good careers advice.

The government said moving the organisation into the commission required a law change, which was scheduled for early next year.

It said it would review schools' career services with the aim of making it easier for schools to share career resources.

Education Minister Hekia Parata said school careers advice was also under review.

"It makes good sense to have a look at how careers services in schools are working at the same time, particularly with the advent of Communities of Learning. We want to give individual schools and Communities of Learning more flexibility about how they provide careers services to their students."