Adult and Community

An opportunity to access second chance learning for New Zealanders of any and all ages is one of the keys to our nation’s economic recovery in a post-COVID world. New Zealand First is committed to ensuring that quality lifelong learning opportunities are available in all communities, are responsive to the needs, wants and interests of those communities and include intergenerational learning.

It has never been more important, in recent history, that New Zealanders have multiple opportunities to build on the skills they have or develop new skills that not only provide greater opportunity for employment but keep communities connected.  Research shows that people engaged in learning experience greater wellbeing and remain connected to their communities.

Policy:

  • Ensure that goals within the ACE (Adult and Community Education) Strategy have a sufficient budget attached.
  • Review student support systems to ensure they are fit for purpose and have adequacy for life-long learning. 
  • Ensure that the ACE sector is constantly considered in the discussions around New Zealand’s economic recovery from Covid-19. 
  • Work with the ACE sector to develop and implement an appropriate and affordable quality assurance process for ACE programmes and activities. 
  • Investigate full funding for co-ordinators inside school clusters to once again open our schools facilities up for community use outside compulsory school hours.