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.

Key changes

The key changes the Minister of Education announced on 1 August 2019 are:

  1. Create Workforce Development Councils (WDCs): Around four to seven industry-governed bodies, to give industry greater leadership across vocational education.
  2. Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs): RSLGs would provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the Tertiary Education Commission, WDCs, and local vocational education providers.
  3. Establish Te Taumata Aronui: A group to help ensure that the Reform of Vocational Education reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori-Crown partnerships.
  4. Create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology (the Institute): A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, bringing together the existing 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).
  5. Shift the role of supporting on-the-job learning from industry training organisations (ITOs) to providers: The Institute and other providers would support on-the-job training like apprenticeships and traineeships as well as providing education and training in off-the-job settings, to achieve seamless integration between the settings and to be well-connected with the needs of industry.
  6. Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs): CoVEs will bring together the Institute, other providers, WDCs, industry experts, and leading researchers to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the system.
  7. Unify the vocational education funding system: A unified funding system will apply to all provider-based and work-integrated education at certificate and diploma qualification levels 3 to 7 (excluding degree study) and all industry training.

What happens now

The Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) will now work through relevant legislative changes and with Māori, employers, learners, industry and the education sector to continue the design and implementation that will deliver on the Government’s vision.

Construction CoVE – Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)

In August the Minister of Education announced funding for a Construction Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE). The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is the government agency responsible for allocating funds to establish the CoVEs.

In December, the CoVE’s project team will invite expressions of interest from groups interested in forming a Construction CoVE.

Leading up to December there will be a series of workshops where you can find out how a Construction CoVE can add the most value to the vocational education system. They want to hear from industry experts and employers, vocational education groups (ITPs, ITOs and PTEs), iwi, researchers and peak bodies about the issues and opportunities that a Construction CoVE could address.

The workshops will provide an overview of CoVEs and the selection process for consortium groups. They will then focus on participants’ views on the key sector issues and how the Construction CoVE should be structured.

If you’d like to join a workshop RSVP to secure a spot by 29 October. To do this, click on the appropriate RSVP link below. Time and location details will be emailed closer to the workshop’s date.

If you are unable to attend a workshop on the dates below, you can delegate attendance to another person in your organisation.

There may be other organisations you’d like us to invite to be part of the workshops. You can notify them of those organisations, or you can direct them to the website for more information:

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

What’s happened so far

INDUSTRY FORUM : Next steps for industry training

We have held a number of regional forums around New Zealand to learn more about your views so we can best position the infrastructure sector for the changes ahead.

We are currently receiving survey feedback from our forum attendees to further assist us in understanding how our industry would like to proceed. If you attended a forum our survey is open until Friday, 8 November. 

Forum were held in: Hawkes Bay, Northland (Whangarei), Auckland, Tauranga, Nelson, Christchurch and Hamilton

RoVE consultation

In February 2019, the Minister of Education launched a consultation on three proposals to fundamentally reform vocational education. These proposals involved changes to the roles, structures and funding of all vocational education organisations.

This consultation followed the national Kōrero Mātauranga / Education Conversation launched in 2018, and two reviews: the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system review and the ITP Roadmap 2020. A factsheet outlining these is available on the Kōrero Mātauranga website.

During the consultation we received 2,904 submissions, and met more than 5,000 people in approximately 190 conversations. What we heard has been fundamental to shaping the change programme for vocational education that has now been agreed. More information is available in What we heard: Summary of public consultation and engagement.

The Reform of Vocational Education represents the most significant set of changes for the tertiary education sector in more than 25 years. The level of engagement we received – from stakeholders of diverse cultures, occupations, educational backgrounds, regions, genders and walks of life – demonstrated just how important these changes are to New Zealand, both now and for the future.


The Government invited ITOs to provide their feedback. Connexis consulted with industry and prepared a submission.

We held meetings in the following locations and collated the feedback into our submission.

  • 28th February: Hamilton
  • 1st March: Auckland
  • 4th March: Dunedin
  • 5th March: Christchurch
  • 6th March: Wellington
  • 8th March: Nelson

Connexis then submitted feedback on the proposed changes to the Vocational Education Sector.

This submission is available to view.