Connexis transition plan approved by TEC

Diana Blake News, Our People, RoVE

Connexis has been given the green light to transfer its core functions into other entities as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).

Connexis Chief Executive Kaarin Gaukrodger says there was widespread confidence, from within the organisation, the industry and TEC, that the transition plan puts Infrastructure in the best position to benefit from the reforms.

“It provides for a system fed by strong industry input and retains the skills and expertise currently within the system including the specialist training providers, assessors and Connexis team.”

“We’re focussed on a smooth transition, with minimal disruption to learners and employers, and we hope for maximum benefit through being an early mover, by having more influence from within as the system is established.”

On 1 September, Connexis will shift most of its business, minus the Standard Setting functions, into Te Pūkenga, the new Crown entity charged with transforming the vocational education sector with an increased focus on work-based learning.

As a business division within Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Subsidiary Limited (WBL), Connexis will continue to Arrange Training, working with industry and learners to develop training programmes that satisfy industry needs, signing employees up to work-based training, and providing support throughout the trainee journey.

Connexis’ remaining functions, of Standard Setting, will transition into Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), primarily the Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC. Standard Setting means developing qualifications, setting standards, moderating assessments and helping shape the curriculum of vocational education.

WDCs are expected to be operational by 4 October.

Gaukrodger says feedback from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) RoVE Programme Board and TEC Board was one of confidence that the “first movers” have comprehensive plans and a positive, proactive approach that will smooth the way for others to follow.

Competenz are expected to transition into the new system a month prior to Connexis on 1 August.

In another RoVE announcement, appointments for six of the seven WDC governing boards have been made.

Full biographies of the board members are available and there is good representation across the Infrastructure industries bringing together diversity of skills and experience.

Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC Appointments:

Bill Newson

Brendon Green

Chantelle Bailey

Daniel Haines

Elena Trout

John Chapman

Kieren Mallon

Tracy Davis