January 16, 2020
Ohia brings skills to education role.
The chair of the industry training organisation Skills Active Aotearoa says former Te Wānanga o Aotearoa chief executive Bentham Ohia has the experience and strategic thinking skills to position the organisation for the immense changes ahead.
Mr Ohia has been brought on as an executive director and acting chief executive for three months as the organisation responds to the scrapping ITOs as part of the Government’s reform of vocational training.
Sam Napia says there is an opportunity for Skills Active to become part of the new workforce development council for the creative, cultural and recreational sector.
Its experience working with Māori learners over the past 20 years meant its pass and retention rates for Māori was on par with non-Māori, which is something no other university, polytechnic or ITO can match.
Skills Active is also the only ITO with a 50 percent Māori shareholding.
“Our commitment to kaupapa Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi will live on and must live on. That is the intent and commitment of the board. That is why we feel blessed to have to commitment of one such as Bentham Ohia,” Mr Napia says.
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