The Green Image of New Zealand Trade Graduates: A Reality Check

By Rashika Sharma.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Education

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Embedding education for sustainability (EfS) in the vocational education for trades (VET) sector in New Zealand continues to remain a fragmentary process. The decade of education for sustainable development (2005 - 2014) is nearing completion, but New Zealand continues to overlook the essential role EfS plays in creating greener vocational and trade graduates. For the progress of EfS in New Zealand VET, there needs to be a strategy driven by the government and successful collaboration between institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and industry. Without this collaboration, education for sustainability will continue to remain a work in progress for New Zealand. It is essential that the vocational and trades sector initiates changes in the education system so that institutes produce "green graduates" that have knowledge of sustainability and the ability to apply these principles in their own trades. This paper revisits the current status of EfS in New Zealand vocational trades education.

Keywords: Vocational Education for Trades, Sustainability, Education

The International Journal of Sustainability Education, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.41-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 385.408KB).

Rashika Sharma

Lecturer, Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Rashika is a lecturer in integrated practice at UNITEC New Zealand specialising in sustainable practice, societal context and generic skills in the Bachelor of Applied Technology. Rashika’s research focus is on education for sustainability and Rashika takes keen interest in student centred teaching and learning strategies. Rashika has also taught at the Fiji Institute of Technology in Suva, Fiji.