Primary Industries WDC iEB

Primary Industries WDC iEB

Last updated 11 September 2020
Last updated 11 September 2020

Welcome to the homepage of the Primary Industries Workforce Development Council (WDC) interim Establishment Board (iEB). You can also reach this iEB at

Stay up-to-date on the work of our Board, the WDCs and Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga, the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) on this page. We also encourage you to subscribe to the RoVE Newsletter for progress updates.


Update 13 October 2020

Feedback on the proposal developed by the Primary Industries interim Establishment Board to establish the new Workforce Development Council has now closed.

Thank you for your interest and feedback. The Primary Industries interim Establishment Board is now considering the feedback received, reviewing final drafts of the OiC to prepare it for its next steps.

The Board is also preparing to support the public consultation on the proposal being led by the Tertiary Education Commission, and beginning work on the planning for the establishment of the new Workforce Development Council.

Initial Update

The Primary Industries interim Establishment Board has now commenced engagement on the establishment of the new Workforce Development Council.

Please see the copy of the presentation (Powerpoint 5.0 Mb) and a summary of the draft proposal (PDF, 602 Kb). You can provide your feedback by 5pm on 9 October through the following ways:

About us

With the support of six iEBs, the six WDCs will be created by a target date of December 2020. This target date is ahead of the original WDC establishment deadline of mid-June 2021 following Education Minister Hipkins’ decision to accelerate the work programme. Bringing industry voice to the heart of the new system as early as possible will play a role in supporting New Zealand’s COVID-19 recovery. 

The Primary Industries WDC iEB is one of six WDCs appointed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) in June 2020 following an Expression of Interest (EoI) process.

Each iEB’s primary role is to establish its WDC as a legal entity through an Order in Council (OIC). WDCs will help industry take a lead in making New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, they will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

Where possible and practical, our iEB will also work with Transitional Industry Training Organisations, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and other providers to inform the tertiary education system's response to COVID-19 impacts.  

Our engagement work

As part of our important work, we are developing the legal instrument that will create our WDC as a legal entity – an OIC.  

All six iEBs are responsible for developing an OIC which will outline the name of the respective WDC, state the industry it covers, set out the governance arrangements and any additional functions (if applicable). These OICs will then be confirmed through the Executive Council and sent to the Governor-General for signature.

Our engagement with industry upfront enables our iEB to not only develop the core content of the OIC proposal but it will also help to ensure the arrangements for our WDC are well informed by industry. It also allows industry buy-in to be maximised, and that our WDC is well supported to be effective in performing its critical role in the reformed vocational education system.

Feedback from this engagement and the consultation later in the year will be used to finalise the OIC to stand up the WDC, so our work – and your involvement – is very important.

We are currently engaging with the industries represented by our Primary Industries WDC on the proposed content for our OIC. Our focus is effective, thorough and inclusive stakeholder engagement in line with the RoVE programme’s approach.

If you would like to hear directly from our Primary Industries iEB, please register with us.

Upcoming consultation

The Education Act 1989 requires the Education Minister to make recommendations to the Governor-General about the content of the OICs. The Minister must not recommend making an OIC unless the Minister has consulted the representatives of one or more of the industries covered by a WDC, and taken into account any views expressed by those representatives.

This is why both the engagement work our iEB is leading and this statutory consultation are so important.

The TEC/RoVE has been delegated authority by the Education Minister to carry out the consultation on his behalf. Although our iEB won’t lead this consultation, we will support it by ensuring industry voice is at the heart of the process. 

About WDCs

On Thursday 14 May, the Government announced a significant trades training package in its Budget. As part of this, the formation of all six WDCs will be fast-tracked for establishment by the target date of end of 2020 with the support of iEBs, ahead of the original target of mid-2021.

WDCs will contribute to the new vocational education and training system by:

  • Providing skills and workforce leadership for the industries they represent. This includes identifying current and future needs and advocating for those needs to be met
  • Providing vocational education investment advice to the Government
  • Developing qualifications, setting standards, and moderating assessments
  • Endorsing provider programmes
  • Promoting the benefits of educating employees to employers.

Read more information on RoVE and WDCs, including industry coverage areas.

About RoVE

RoVE is a bold, transformational programme of work; the largest reform of vocational education and training in a generation. The reform presents a historic opportunity to create a strong, sustainable, unified vocational education system, capable of delivering the skills that learners, employers, industry and communities need to thrive.

Six WDCs – brand new architecture – will be at the heart of the new system and help industry to take a lead in making Aotearoa New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, WDCs will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

WDCs will strengthen collaboration between industry, employers and communities, and help to ensure that timely, high-quality information, products and advice about learners, labour markets and skills demands guide investment and action. They will also be part of a system that aims to provide learners with stronger vocational pathways and different ways of learning and training. We want all New Zealanders to become competent and fulfilled in their chosen vocation in thriving industries. 


As we receive questions from stakeholders about the work we are doing, we will share these here. Send your questions to