RoVe news and updates

Reform of Vocational Education 

The Government announced their decision on the future of Vocational Education in New Zealand on 1 August 2019.
This future is focused on a unified system for all Vocational Education in order to address the skills shortage we are facing as a country.


What’s happened so far

ROVE

https://www.tec.govt.nz/rove/reform-of-vocational-education/

The Reform of Vocation Education (RoVE) involves seven key changes, designed to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system.  The system should be fit for the future of work and deliver the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

Connexis are staying involved in and presenting the industry voice though participation in a wide range of vocational education forums, including:

  • Engagement with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
  • A series of weekly meetings of Industry Training Organisations, including covering HR, Finance, Marketing and CEO’s.
  • Workforce Development Council meetings in various forums
  • Engagement with NZIST transitional team and their subsidiary ITPs


New Zealand Institute of Technology (NZIST)

NZIST was legally established on 1 April, and the Government have appointed Stephen Town as the CEO who commences 6 July.

On the establishment date their website www.vocationaleducation.ac.nz was launched, Polytechnics became a subsidiary of NZIST and ITOs became Transitional ITOs (TITOs).  TITOs will eventually transition into a provider, either under NZIST or as a private training establishment.  Connexis’s decision on which transition option we merge into is dependent on industry preference. Please send your comments on this to haveyoursay@connexis.org.nz


Construction CoVE – Centre of Vocational Excellence

An initial establishment group has been set-up, a response to the Government’s Request for Proposal has been submitted, and the ConCOVE has been shortlisted and is now preparing a more refined proposal for consideration.

Connexis are part of the response consortium and working closely on the five proposed projects.  We’re also part of a process of revisiting the five key projects to focus them more tightly on COVID retraining needs.

Retraining is taking a higher priority given the job market changes from Covid-19 and the increased investment and urgency on Infrastructure development.   Keep up-to-date on the Construction CoVE here.  (https://www.tec.govt.nz/rove/coves/construction-cove-roi/)


Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Industry representatives in the regions will provide information to TEC on local skills needs.  If you are interested in learning more or being part of a RSLG contact: RSLG@mbie.govt.nz

Workforce development councils (WDC)

The latest update from the Government’s budget announcement on the 14th of May highlighted a big step forward for the vocational education and training system, with the decision to fast-track establishment of the six new Workforce Development Councils by the target date of October 2020, ahead of the original target of mid-2021.

Early formation of all six WDCs will be enabled by the establishment of six skills-based interim Establishment Boards (iEBs) – one for each of the six WDCs. The iEB members will be appointed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) through an Expression of Interest (EoI) process running 18 May – 2 June 2020.

Each iEB’s primary role is to establish the WDC as a legal entity. Where possible and practical, the iEB will also work with transitional Industry Training Organisations, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and other providers to inform the tertiary education system’s response to COVID-19 impacts.

A bit more about WDCs

Connexis’s standard setting role will be transferred into the Construction & Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (CIWDC – see below) and we have been engaging with industry, officials and other ITOs to keep this progressing.  There are two streams of work currently occurring for all WDCs:

1. Design Group – The Design Group, have been working to develop draft outlines for the reference group to check.  These draft designs are focussed on:

  1. WDC purpose and goals
  2. Skills leadership
  3. Qualifications
  4. Packages and training schemes
  5. Skills standards and moderation
  6. Advisory

Check out who is in the design group here.

2. Reference Group – The Reference Group, are testing and refining the Design Group’s initial design options to ensure they will work out in the field.  Mike Grumball, our GM Learning Solutions is part of the reference group.  Find out who else is involved here.

The Construction and Infrastructure WDC (CIWDC) is also progressing reasonably swiftly.  There’s a broader reference group who first met in November 2019, and a smaller working group who are working with officials on an ongoing basis.  Connexis, BCITO and Skills are all supporting this smaller group.  The next step is to form an official Establishment Working Group, who will have a series of tasks to complete to develop the CIWDC – including, for instance, an Order in Council to establish the WDC, developing the process for an Establishment Board, and the final CIWDC Board.


get answers from our rove faq’s here

Have your say

We invite you to share your questions, comments and concerns with us so that we can represent industries views when we talk with officials.  If you’d like to discuss the changes in person, please also get in touch direct, or you can email us on haveyoursay@connexis.org.nz