Draft report

Training New Zealand's workforce: technological change and the future of work

Draft report 3
Flexible work Future of work Vocational education and training Labour force productivity Labour market New Zealand

This inquiry explores the impacts of new and changing technology on the quantity and nature of work. It builds on research and modelling carried out by governments, academics and other organisations in New Zealand and throughout the world. It aims to answer two main questions:

  1. What are the current and likely future impacts of technological change and disruption on the future of work, the workforce, labour markets, productivity and wellbeing?
  2. How can the Government better position New Zealand and New Zealanders to take advantage of innovation and technological change in terms of productivity, labour-market participation and the nature of work?

This is the third of five draft reports. It addresses a more specific question in the inquiry’s terms of reference.

  • How can New Zealand’s education and training systems be more effective in enabling adaptation to technological disruption?

More specifically, this report examines:

  • why a high-performing education and training system for people in the workforce is important, and how it complements a dynamic economy (Chapter 1);
  • the characteristics of the New Zealand workforce, trends in participation, outcomes for learners, and barriers to participation (Chapter 2); and
  • how to make the education and training system more responsive to a dynamic economy (Chapter 3).
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