RoVe news and updates

Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga | Reform of Vocational Education 

Breaking news

Te Pūkenga OM Engagement Report available now: A summary of the overall feedback received during the draft Operating Model engagement in Oct/ Nov can be found in the Proposed Operating Model Engagement Report.

Unified funding system for vocational education given Cabinet approval: The high-level design has been given the green light and will provide a new single unified funding funding system for all vocational education and work based training. Read more here.

Approval given for MITO's planned transition to Te Pūkenga: On 1 January 2022, MITO will become the fourth Transitional Industry Training Organisation to transfer arranging training functions to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (Ltd).

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. For a helpful overview of what RoVE is, its aims, the key changes it is making to vocational education please watch the animated video summary to the left.

Now Connexis has transitioned into Te Pūkenga subsidiary Work Based Learning Limited, we will no longer be sending out our monthly RoVE Bulletin. To get the latest news and updates on RoVE, visit this webpage or see the RoVE section of our bimonthly eNews.

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

MITO will be the fourth TITO to transition to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL) when it transfers its arranging training functions on 1 January 2022. Competenz, Connexis and BCITO have already become Business Divisions within WBL.

Te Pūkenga asked for feedback on the draft Operating Model design in October/ November. A summary report of the engagement has been released. You can find it here: Proposed Operating Model Engagement Report.

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 Ohu Mahi website.

Get the latest information about WDC senior leadership appointments here.

Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure WDC

Connexis’ Standard Setting functions have 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.

Click here to find out more about the transition of the following functions to Waihanga Ara Rau:

  • Qualifications and standards
  • Consistency reviews
  • Interim programme support
  • National external moderation
  • Consent to assess
  • Consent and moderation requirements

More information and updates on Waihanga Ara Rau can be found on the website.

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.

Transition of standard setting functions to the WDCs took place on 4 October 2021.

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. BCITO is the latest TITO to transition into Te Pūkenga, on 4 October.

The remaining 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, four TITOs have made the shift to a new provider. Connexis, Competenz and BCITO have transitioned to Te Pūkenga, on 1 September, 2 August and 4 October 2021 respectively. NZMAC transferred functions to new Private Training Establishment (PTE) MAST Academy on 2 August 2021. MITO will be the next TITO to transfer into the new system, with the shift of its arranging training functions into Te Pūkenga on 1 January 2022.

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