RoVe news and updates

Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga | Reform of Vocational Education 

Breaking news

Expressions of Interest for Council members on the Workforce Development Councils are now open.

Industry leaders with significant governance experience who want to play a part in leading the industry led Workforce Development Councils and creating new futures for all learners, are invited to submit their Expressions of Interest. 

Details about the roles, including an information pack are available on

Applications for these important governance roles close on Friday 16 April 2021.

Opportunity for Consultation: From Wednesday 7 April to Wednesday 21 April Te Pūkenga is reopening its “Our Journey” online collaboration space for public feedback on its Operating Model. Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) and subsidiary staff, learners, employers and anyone else involved in vocational education and training are encouraged to share their experiences and feedback on the draft proposals being developed. Make sure your voice is heard in the setup of this new national skills training body and visit Our Journey now.

Operating Model Explained: Get a better understanding of what Te Pūkenga’s Operating Model is, with the first in a video series to unpack the Operating Model project and approach. Find the video here.


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.

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

From Wednesday 7 April to Wednesday 21 April the online collaboration space “Our Journey” is reopening for public feedback on Te Pūkenga’s Operating Model. Make sure your voice is heard in the setup of this new national skills training body and visit Our Journey now.

Te Pūkenga has launched a video series to unpack the Operating Model project and approach. Find the first video, “What is the Operating Model?”, here.

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.

The Construction and Infrastructure WDC

Connexis’ Standard Setting functions will be transferred to the Construction and Infrastructure WDC.

More information and updates on the CIWDC can be found on the TEC website, click here>>>

Latest WDC news

The WDCs are on track to take over TITOs’ Standard Setting functions in the second half of 2021.

TEC are calling for Expressions of Interest from industry leaders with governance experience to become Council members of the WDCs. It is important to ensure Infrastructure is well represented on the governing Council of the CIWDC. Details about this opportunity are available on Applications close on Friday 16 April 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.

Under the new unified system, our Arranging Training functions will transfer either to Te Pūkenga, a Private Training Establishment (PTE), a Wānanga, or a combination of the three.

The purpose of this is so learners can move seamlessly between on-job training, online and classroom learning to create a joined up vocational education system.

The three options are:

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

Connexis, along with the other TITOs, must develop a plan outlining how we will transition our Arranging Training functions. We have now finished our formal consultation with industry and aim to have our transition plan with TEC in April.

Connexis is committed to looking after our industry’s needs. As part of this, we have chosen 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.

Feedback from our customers to date is that they see more benefit in transitioning the infrastructure industries’ Arranging Training to the public entity Te Pūkenga. Our customers would also like to see within the system continued access to specialist PTEs and in some instances have the opportunity to work with the wānanga.  Given this, Connexis will be working with our PTE network to ensure they remain an important partner and look for future opportunities through partnership with the wānanga.

Comments to date around the benefits for transferring into Te Pūkenga:

  • Builds a truly integrated system for industry training;
  • Minimises disruption for current employers and learners;
  • Continues to enable on-job training and offer better training support and delivery options;
  • Delivers training that is accessible, flexible and meets industry needs;
  • Ensures industry voice in developing Te Pūkenga Operating Model.

If you missed our RoVE forums, you can view the full consultation presentation here.

We are still keen to receive your feedback to help guide us through the process ahead and have extended the closing date for our online survey. Once you have been through the presentation and would like to feedback, please complete our survey here, simply download, complete and email it to Make sure to include your name and that of your organisation. Alternatively, an email with your comments on the questions posed in the presentation can be emailed directly to

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.

For 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