Careers New Zealand (CNZ) is now part of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), following the passing of the Education (Update) Amendment Act, which took effect on July 1.
Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston says the move will help provide clearer pathways for students at school and beyond.
"The TEC will be a one stop-shop that consolidates careers information in one place, reducing fragmentation and duplication across government agencies and making pathways for young people into further study and work clearer.
"By expanding TEC’s functions we will improve the career system by strengthening connections between education and employment, making it easier for learners and job-seekers to navigate their pathway choices by accessing high-quality and relevant information and services," says Upston.
The new service will contain more consistent careers advice and information with a new and improved suite of online tools, making it easier to use this information.
"This will enable people of all ages to make better-informed, timelier decisions about their learning and career pathways. Employers will benefit from stronger connections with schools and tertiary providers, enabling them to more directly influence the skills pipeline," Ms Upston says.
"We want New Zealanders to be confident that when they invest in their education and training, what they’ve gained will lead them into the jobs they want. We want to make it easier for New Zealanders to connect to the knowledge and skills needed for lifelong success."
The TEC says for the next few months there will be no change of service for external customers as they will review existing products and services.
"We'll be building on the good work that's already happening and discontinuing any that the people we want to help, tell us are no longer needed. We'll be working with other government agencies, TEOs, employers and learners to understand what support is needed and how best to create tools, products and services that add value. This work will be ongoing as the TEC realigns its business to deliver the responsibilities of the career system."