Competenz’s transition into Te Pūkenga today has been applauded by Kaarin Gaukrodger, the Chief Executive of fellow Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) Connexis.
Kaarin says Competenz has paved the way for the other “first movers”, including Connexis and BCITO who will transition on 1 September and 4 October respectively.
“This is an historic moment and we wish Competenz all the best for its transition. We look forward to seeing how its skills, knowledge and expertise will contribute to the new system for vocational education and training. We also look forward to following in Comptenz’s footprints and joining the Te Pūkenga whānau next month as the second TITO to transition into the new system for vocational education and training.”
Competenz’s arranging training functions are now a separately branded business division within Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), led by Director Amanda Wheeler.
The move comes as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), which was announced by the government in 2019 to build a vocational and applied learning system that is simple to navigate, responds to the needs of learners and employers, and is flexible enough to respond to future change.
Te Pūkenga is the new Crown entity established by the government to unite Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and TITOs around the country into a national network.
Competenz was welcomed into the Te Pūkenga whānau this morning (Monday, 2 August) at a pōwhiri in Hamilton.