Formation of Workforce Development Councils

Formation of Workforce Development Councils

Last updated 11 June 2021
Last updated 11 June 2021

The establishment of WDCs is enabled by the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act on 1 April, 2020.

On Monday 10 May 2021 Her Excellency the Governor-General, Patsy Reddy, gave Royal Assent, passing in to law, Orders in Council establishing the six Workforce Development Councils.

The establishment of the WDCs was enabled by the passing of the Education (Vocational Education and Training Reform) Amendment Act on 1 April 2020, with the secondary legislation (Orders in Council) giving formal effect to each.

Links to the Orders in Council are below.

Public consultation on the six WDC Order in Council proposals took place between 16 December 2020 and 5 February 2021. 

Consultation sought feedback from industry, and others interested in WDCs and vocational education and training from an industry and employer perspective, on each WDC’s proposed name; the industry coverage; and governance arrangements.

Read the WDC Order in Council consultation summary (PDF, 1.8.Mb)

Background information about the consultation proposals

WDC Consultation Order in Council Overview table (PDF, 888 Kb)

  • Service Industries WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Service Industries WDC (PDF, 866 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Service Industries WDC (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

  • Health, Community and Social Services WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Health Community and Social Services WDC (PDF, 869 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Health Community and Social Services WDC (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

  • Construction and Infrastructure WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Construction and Infrastructure WDC (PDF, 859 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Construction and Infrastructure WDC (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

  • Creative, Cultural, Recreation and Technology WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Creative Cultural Recreation and Technology WDC (PDF, 879 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Creative Cultural Recreation and Technology WDC (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

  • Primary Industries WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Primary Industries WDC (PDF, 860 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Primary industries WDC (PDF, 1.2 Mb)

  • Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics WDC

WDC OiC Consultation Background document - Manufacturing Engineering and Logistics WDC (PDF, 874 Kb)

WDC OiC Consultation Proposal document - Manufacturing Engineering and Logistics WDC (PDF, 1.3 Mb)

Developing the proposals

The industry-led interim Establishment Boards, appointed in June 2020, worked with the Tertiary Education Commission and industry sectors, peak bodies, educators, Māori business and industry, to engage and provide advice to develop draft content for WDC Order in Council proposals. 

The WDC interim Establishment Boards oversee the industry coverage of: