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Issues paper

Technological change and the future of work

The Commission released an issues paper to assist individuals and organisations to participate in this inquiry.

The issues paper outlined the background to the inquiry, our intended approach, and specific questions to which invited feedback to help us better understand specific issues and ensure and inform our inquiry.

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Four future scenarios

Our issues paper presented four scenarios for considering the future impacts of technological change. These scenarios were used to test the likely effectiveness of different policies. 

Four future scenarios

Watch this 2-minute video to find out more.

Digital inclusion

Our brief asked ‘how can we address the digital divide in New Zealand?’. Together with the New Zealand Work Research Institute we hosted a workshop to answer this question. We focused on how the digital divide affects young people, given the forward-looking nature of the inquiry. 

The workshop was designed to gather the views of experts and to contribute towards our forthcoming report on education and skills. There were three sessions:

  1. What is the nature of the digital divide that New Zealand should be concerned about?
  2. If you were the Minister of Education, would you spend money on digital access as a priority?
  3. If the access problem was solved, would we solve the digital divide? 

Find out about the key themes that emerged by reading a summary of the workshop and associated presentations:

Micro-credentials roundtable

Micro-credentials are a new mechanism to enable upskilling as well as recognition of existing competencies. We hosted a roundtable to delve further into the current status of, and potential future for, micro-credentials in New Zealand.

The roundtable brought together a variety of views from industry, the tertiary sector, training institutes and the public sector. The insights formed part of our report on education and skills.

Find out about the key themes of the roundtable discussion by reading the following summary.