If you attended ELF 2016 create a member account to gain access to digital resources and photos from ELF16.  Users can login here.


"Thank you Lyall and team for a terrific conference.... it is a world-class event..." "I think this was one of the best ‘conferences’ that I have been to." "I have attended numerous conferences around the world and wish to compliment all concerned as this has to be as good as I’ve seen, both in terms of focus and of content." "Best organised conference I have ever attended." "Brillant event. Innovative, fun and refreshing." "Congratulations on a conference well organised and received." “Many thanks, nice diverse crowd” A wonderful opportunity to network with leaders and think about new ways of learning for the future. Great to have a cross-sector conference Very inspiring with a diverse yet connected group of presenters. I will certainly recommend this as a most relevant conference to my colleagues “This year’s was the first I have attended and the information was so valuable. Thank you.” Career Education Advisor



“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.”  William Gibson

The tenth annual Education Leaders Forum was held on 23 & 24 August 2016 at the Waipuna Hotel in Auckland.

ELF16 was about understanding  the seismic shifts happening in the world of work, the demand for different skills and the implications for education at all levels. Education at any level is not just about preparing people for the world of work. However employment readiness and adaptability are important aspects for individuals, organisations and the wider society.

Ian Jukes
Founder and Executive Director,
InfoSavvy Group

Dr Cheryl Doig
Leadership Futurist,
Think Beyond

Yesterday’s Schools?

… 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.”  World Economic Forum report The Future of Jobs [1]
“Tomorrow’s Schools” was implemented a quarter of a century ago in a world which no longer exists. In a digitised and globalised  new world the nature of work is changing rapidly with huge implications for education and training.

Josh Williams
Chief Executive,
Industry Training Federation

Nina Sochon
Team Activator and CEO,
Transformed Teams

Over the last 25 years New Zealand has seen a rise in the ratio of skilled professionals, an increase in physical and virtual talent mobility, a big jump in the number of women in tertiary education and the workforce and a trend of unskilled men exiting the workplace.  The economy has lost clerical workers, tradesmen, labourers and machinery operators and gained professionals in fields like law and IT.

By one estimate 40% of all jobs are threatened by automation in the next 15 years. Many jobs are less secure because they are part-time, temporary or rise out of self-employment initiatives. At the same time there are many new opportunities for those with the required talents, attitudes and skills.

Dr Lucy Hone
The 100 Percent Project

Tim Fowler
Tertiary Education Commission

Pathways to the Future

“There’s no longer such thing as a job for life. Individuals need to be ready to drop in and out of jobs with up-to-date skills and knowledge, as required.  Jane Hart  The Future of Work and Learning
How Shift is Happening
The world of work is changing irrevocably in terms of what is done, where and by whom. Drones, electric cars, 3d printing, hover boards and virtual reality will all be our collective reality in short order.  More

The Fragmented Future of Work
The 2015 WEF Future of Jobs report points out that in such a rapidly evolving employment landscape, the ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals.   More

Hon Hekia Parata
Minister of Education

Kirsten Browne & John Hart
Fab Lab Masterton

Preparing Learners Now

“Consider whether the education system is equipping both children and adults with the skills needed to meet technological changes and enter a rapidly changing environment where the ability to quickly adapt and continuously upskill will be lifetime assets.“ Recommendation 4 http://nzier.org.nz/publication/robot-nation-the-impact-of-disruptive-technologies-on-kiwis
Learning to Adapt

It is impossible to say what challenges will confront today’s students, or what automated or virtual workplaces of the future will look like. How can education best prepare young people now to navigate their way through an increasingly complex world by becoming effective, lifelong learners capable of responding to relentless change?   More

Hard Facts and Soft Skills
A 2015 Economist Intelligence Unit report  Driving the skills agenda: Preparing students for the future shows how evolving business needs, technological advances and new work structures are redefining what are considered to be valuable skills for the future.   More 
[1] http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_FOJ_Executive_Summary_Jobs.pdf

Huia Hanlen
Secondary-Tertiary Lead Advisor,
Youth Guarantee,
Ministry of Education


“On average, by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today, according to our respondents. Overall, social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. In essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills.”  The 2015 World Economic report The Future of Jobs


The Ministry of Education’s two relevant work streams are


Educators are in a pivotal position to apply developmental insights from several renowned New Zealand longitudinal studies.

The first chatbot [Nadia] understands human emotions thetechnews.com/2017/03/27/fir… Retweeted by EducationLeaders2017

Consider joining other inspiring education leaders at ELF17 - smartnet.co.nz

Why are young people like they are at each life passage? What can we do so they can do better at each transitional stage? Check out ELF17

Big thanks to our amazing presenters @EdLeadersForum & our wonderful participants for a truly inspiring event #ELF16 twitter.com/farmgeek/statu…

Thanks for being a part of @EdLeadersForum @farmgeek - great to see all the inspiring connections being made! #ELF16 twitter.com/farmgeek/statu…

Love the idea of Fab Lab. Teaching kids cool hi-tech skills for the 21st century. Thanks 4 sharing @farmgeek #elf16 Retweeted by EducationLeaders2017

Maker movement in rural NZ - Fab Lab Masterton co-founders Kirsten Browne & John Hart @EdLeadersForum #ELF16

Twitter Media

Thanks also @CareersNZ for being a supporter of Education Leaders Forum 2016 - Tomorrow's Skills #ELF16

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

A big thank you to the team @EducationGovtNZ the major sponsor of @EdLeadersForum #ELF16 - it's been a great 2 days!

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

Up now Dr John Boereboom CEM at @UCNZ on student attitude & engagement in NZ schools @EdLeadersForum #ELF16

Twitter Media

Career Ready - Challenge & Opportunity. Thanks to Keith Marshall CE of @CareersNZ presenting @EdLeadersForum #ELF16

Twitter Media

Tim Fowler CEO @TECNZ talking about flexibility of funding models @EdLeadersForum #ELF16

Twitter Media
Twitter Media
Twitter Media

integration of parallel universes of credits, subjects and skills link education to employment @itfnz #elf16 Retweeted by EducationLeaders2017

Pathways to a Skilled Future @EdLeadersForum #ELF16 - Josh Williams, CE, Industry Training Federation @itfnz

Twitter Media

Big thanks to Dr Lucy Hone for talking on Positive Education for Adaptability & Resilience @EdLeadersForum #ELF16

Twitter Media

Dr Lucy Hone... Thank you for bringing wellbeing AND education into the fore. It's a non-negotiable in my eyes #elfconf #wellbeing Retweeted by EducationLeaders2017


ELF 17 Contributors

Take a look at who will be contributing at ELf17 http://www.smartnet.co.nz/elf-2017/contributors/    

Registrations Now Open

Very Early Bird Registrations rates are available if booked and paid by 28 Feb.  Register Now…

ELF17 – Register your interest now

ELF17 is being held on 23&24 August at the Millennium Rotorua. Register your interest in attending now and receive forum updates and links to early bird registrations.