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Social Work

Introduction to Te Pūkenga Social Work Programme Developments

Within the Institute of Technology and Polytechnic education sector, we currently have 11 different Bachelor of Social Work programmes. Te Pūkenga are looking to work collaboratively to develop one programme that works for all.

We know that right now Aotearoa needs more qualified and skilled Social Workers than ever before. We also know that if we are to achieve successful outcomes for our ākonga (learners), the needs of our Māori and Pacific hapori (communities) must be included and considered in any programme redesign that we undertake.

We know that during any programme development we need to work collaboratively with people like you to ensure success. That’s why we’re creating a series of reference groups for this development. These groups will be a chance to partner with our social work ākonga (learners), our Te Pūkenga kaimahi (staff), those that employ our graduates and professional organisations that support our sector.

Your input will help shape how we will deliver our social work programme in the future.

What has happened so far?

In August and early September 2021, we informed our internal and external partners that we were intending to develop a unified Te Pūkenga Bachelor of Social Work programme. We also invited nominations from 5 different groups to join participate in the codesign phase of the development. These groups were:

  1. ākonga (learners),
  2. Te Pūkenga kaimahi (staff),
  3. employers/workforce,
  4. professional organisations,
  5. hapori community services user/advocacy groups.

Thanks to everyone who has put their hand up as a nominee for these reference groups. We appreciate the interest you have in this important mahi and we will be in touch shortly regarding next steps with this process.

What is coming up?

Throughout September reference groups will be established, with a particular focus on those who are under-served by the education system, including Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners.

The reference groups will then work through a codesign process with experienced codesign facilitators to develop ngā mātāpono (guiding concepts). These will become key threads embedded throughout the social work programme.

Throughout 2021 our Te Pūkenga social work programme development teams will be developing high level, flexible programme documents that incorporate these key threads. As we can we will share aspects of our programme documents with our partners to gain their feedback and thoughts.

In early 2022 we will undertake a process of consultation with our partners to gain feedback on the final draft documentation.

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