VT's Michelle Jordan to chair the NZIST's International Education working group.

Venture Taranaki is helping shape the future of New Zealand’s skills landscape with the appointment of Michelle Jordan to chair the International Education working group within the co-design process of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (IST).

The IST will bring together 16 tertiary training providers from across New Zealand to create a single provider of vocational education. It is currently in the establishment phase and is expected to be launched on 1 April 2020.
Michelle is Venture Taranaki’s General Manager, Business, Partnerships and Skills, and will bring extensive experience in working with the international education sector, regional development and regional skills to the working group.

“This is an exciting opportunity to ensure that a strong regional voice contributes to this important establishment phase for a new model of vocational training in New Zealand,” said Venture Taranaki chief executive Justine Gilliland.

“The appointment is reflective of the work that Venture Taranaki has been doing in recent years to grow the international education sector, as well as our strategic role in supporting the region’s workforce and talent pool.”
Michelle has welcomed the appointment, which drew applicants from around New Zealand.

“Vocational education is critically important to our national and regional economies and its connection to global industries, and Venture Taranaki’s work with industry, employers and enterprises places us in a good position to support the development of the new institution,” Michelle said.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help create the future landscape for vocational training and look at the vital role that international education will play in that space.”