RoVe news and updates

Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga | Reform of Vocational Education 

Breaking news

Connexis GM to join Construction and Infrastructure WDC leadership team: Mike Grumball, Connexis General Manager Learning Solutions, has been announced as one of four General Managers of Waihanga Ara Rau Workforce Development Council (WDC). Read more.

First Workforce Development Council CE appointed: Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council today announced the appointment of Philip Aldridge as Chief Executive. Read more.

Connexis becomes the second TITO to transition into Te Pūkenga: On 1 September 2021, the Connexis brand, most of its people, and its arranging training activities shifted to Te Pūkenga subsidiary Work Based Learning Ltd (WBL) under the directorship of Kaarin Gaukrodger. Read more.


The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is creating a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

While 2021 is shaping up to be a big one for the RoVE programme, there should be no disruption to Connexis trainees or their employers, who continue to be at the very centre of our decisions. We will ensure industry has a strong voice in any decisions made and we will keep you informed of all developments. Bookmark this page for updates.

For an overview of RoVE to date, visit the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) website. It also links to a series of three videos of David Strong (RoVE Programme Director) discussing what has been done so far and the next steps. View the videos here. 

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and developments in this once in a generation Reform of Vocational Education.

What is happening in the different parts of the RoVE programme?
1. Te Pūkenga

As New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, Te Pūkenga will ultimately have the national and regional reach to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries, enabling learners to move between workplaces and other educational offerings and locations as their needs change.

Their Transition Pathway sets out the direction they will take to design the future of Vocational Learning in New Zealand. Their establishment and transformation programme through to 2022 will:

  • bring New Zealand's Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and transition Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) into a single institution
  • transform the network, its delivery models, its Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationships, its physical and digital presence, and engagement approaches
  • actively manage the provider network, so we can continue to operate effectively during the transition period.

More information on the development of Te Pūkenga is available on their website, click here>>>

Latest Te Pukenga News

BCITO Chief Executive Toby Beaglehole has been appointed Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga.

As each TITO transitions into Te Pūkenga, they become a separately branded business division within WBL. Connexis and Competenz have already made the shift, on 1 September and 2 August 2021 respectively. BCITO is set to transition into WBL on 4 October.

2. Workforce Development Councils (WDCs)

Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) will help industry take a lead in making New Zealand’s workforce fit for today, and the future. Through skills leadership plans, they will set a vision for the workforce and influence the vocational education and training system.

That means, WDC's will set standards, develop qualifications and help shape the curriculum of vocational education. They will moderate assessments against industry standards and, where appropriate, set and moderate capstone assessments at the end of a qualification.

WDCs will also provide advice to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on investment in vocational education and determine the appropriate mix of skills and training for the industries they cover.

WDCs will endorse programmes that lead to qualifications, whether work-based (such as apprenticeships), on-campus or online. Unless a programme has the confidence of a WDC, which is essentially industry confidence, it won’t be endorsed by the WDC nor funded by the TEC.

More information on WDCs is available on the TEC Website, click here.

Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC

Connexis’ Standard Setting functions will be transferred to Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC. The exception is Rural Contracting, which will shift instead to Muka Tangata - People, Food and Fibre WDC.

More information and updates on Waihanga Ara Rau can be found on the TEC website, click here.

Latest WDC news

Waihanga Ara Rau continues to take shape, with key leadership positions being appointed. Philip Aldridge has been named Chief Executive, and four General Managers have been announced, including Connexis' Mike Grumball. These appointments follow the naming of the co-chairs and board members.

The WDCs are on track to take over TITOs’ Standard Setting functions from 4 October.

3. Arranging training

While WDCs will take over the Standard Setting functions of Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs), of which Connexis is one, there is still discussion around where TITOs’ Arranging Training responsibilities will transfer to under RoVE.

Arranging Training means 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' Arranging Training functions transferred into Te Pūkenga on 1 September 2021. Competenz, another TITO, transitioned into Te Pūkenga a month earlier, on 2 August.

The remaining nine TITOs may choose to shift into Te Pūkenga as well, or may choose a Private Training Establishment or wānanga instead.

Te Pūkenga: Is a public entity, bringing together work-based, off-job and online vocational education and training through a unified, sustainable system providing nationwide training provision.

PTE: A Private Training Establishment is a privately owned organisation providing education or training eg. ETCO, iSkills, MITA Consulting, Vertical Horizons, WSP.

Wānanga: Wānanga are regarded as the peers of universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education and offer a uniquely Māori learning environment eg. Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

Latest Arranging Training news

To date, three TITOs have made the shift to a new provider. Connexis and Competenz have both transitioned to Te Pūkenga, on 1 September and 2 August respectively. NZMAC transferred functions to new Private Training Establishment (PTE) MAST Academy on 2 August. 

Connexis is committed to looking after our industry’s needs. This motivated us to be one of the first TITOs to transition our Arranging Training so we can be an active participant in the establishment of the new system. By doing this, we aim to provide a seamless transition and retain the current skills, expertise and relationships within the vocational education sector, including our staff, assessors and providers.

4. ConCOVE

A CoVE is a Centre of Vocational Excellence. CoVEs are designed to drive innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, while also improving links to industry and communities. They will be established around industries of particular importance to New Zealand.

The Construction and Infrastructure CoVE, known as ConCOVE, is one of the first to be established. Connexis was one of the organisations that led its formation. For more information, or to get involved and become a member of ConCOVE, click here go to their website.

5. Regional Skills Leadership Groups

The Regional Skills Leadership Groups were formed in June 2020 to identify and support better ways of meeting future skills and workforce needs in our regions and cities.​ They are part of a joined-up approach to labour market planning which will see our workforce, education and immigration systems working together to better meet the differing skills needs across the country.

More information, including how to get in contact with the group representing your region, is available on the MBIE website, click 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