Toitū te Waiora (community, health, education, and social services) Workforce Development Council represents sectors including care services, youth services, disability services, education and educational support services, funeral services, mental health and addictions services, health services, public order safety, regulatory services, skin and nail therapy services, social services, and urban pest control.
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Clarity around range statements and content sufficiency
Our Quality Assurance team has recently become aware of an issue around range statements and content sufficiency in unit standards, and would like to provide some advice on the matter.
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Council member Matthew Tukaki's new role
Toitū te Waiora congratulates our Council member Matthew Tukaki (Ngāi Te Rangi) on his appointment as the new Director of the Suicide Prevention Office this week.
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A warm welcome to our new GM Disabilities
Monday’s pōwhiri for the new Ohu Mahi General Manager Disabilities, Roger Herangi, was a celebration of hope and aspiration for tāngata whaikaha (the disabled community) throughout Aotearoa. Those at the Wharewaka in Wellington and joining online were left with no doubt about the importance of the new role, which reflects the priority given to tāngata whaikaha as a result of the review of vocational education.
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An exciting milestone for tāngata whaikaha
Monday 20 June will mark an important day for tāngata whaikaha – people with disabilities – with the official welcome for the new General Manager Disabilities at Ohu Mahi. Roger Herangi is taking up the role, bringing with him an impressive array of skills and experience, including almost 10 years as a Senior Strategy Advisor at the Ministry of Health.
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First Aid refresher courses - COVID-19 grace period
Toitū te Waiora would like to remind first aid providers and employers that there is now a grace period for refresher courses that applies to Unit Standards 6400, 6401 and 6402.
The maximum time allowed between the award of these standards to an individual and their first refresher course is now two years and six months. Likewise, the maximum time allowed between refresher courses is also two years and six months.
People who do not undertake refresher courses in this timeframe will be required to re-take the unit standards.
This grace period will remain in place until further notice.
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Skills Survey up now
Toitū te Waiora is seeking input from across our sectors about the challenges and needs facing the workforce.
We have been asking our sector contacts for their feedback through a survey, making sure they have a chance to have their voices heard.
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NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing up for review
We are seeking input for the review of the New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Practice/Applied Practice) (Level 5) 
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WDC endorsement required for NZQA programme approvals
We are pleased to share the news that the programme support process is changing in line with our matawhānui to give industry a greater leadership role in the way programmes are developed for community, health, education, and social services qualifications. From the 1 June, new or redesigned programmes will be endorsed by WDCs
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Expiring New Zealand Certificate in Out of School Care (Level 4) [Ref: 2762]
Following feedback from the April sector-wide survey, Toitū te Waiora is planning to expire this qualification. Nobody has undertaken this qualification since it was listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) in February 2016...
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Extension for NZ Cert in Offender Management
As a workforce development council (WDC), Toitū te Waiora has been tasked with ensuring industry has a strong voice in making Aotearoa’s workforce fit for today and the future. We need to make sure that industry is heavily involved in decision-making so that when learners enter the workforce, they are equipped with the skills that industry needs...
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