RoVe news and updates

Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga | Reform of Vocational Education 

Breaking news

 Te Pūkenga employer and learner journey consultation in July: Te Pūkenga is inviting employers, industry representatives and TITO staff to input into the new system by feeding back on its Operating Model design with respect to the employer and learner journey. Sessions will be held across the country from Tuesday 13 July. Visit the Te Pūkenga website for more information and to register.

 Te Pūkenga asks for feedback on service concepts: Eight service concepts have been developed as part of the Operating Model project. They aim to capture the future experience of learners and employers. View the service concepts and provide your feedback in Our Journey by Friday 9 July.


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

Te Pūkenga is seeking feedback from employers, industry representatives and TITO staff on the eight service concepts that have been developed around the employer and learner journey. Sessions will be held across the country from Tuesday 13 July and will include two online sessions. Find out more and register here.

A conceptual design for Te Pūkenga’s Operating Model is in development and a draft is due in November. View the timeline for the Operating Model project here.

Eight service concepts have been developed as part of the Operating Model project. They aim to capture the future experience of learners and employers. View the service concepts and provide your feedback in Our Journey by Friday 9 July.

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 (CIWDC). The exception is Rural Contracting, which will shift instead to the Primary WDC.

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

Latest WDC news

The six Orders in Council to establish the Workforce Development Councils were published to the New Zealand Gazette on 10 May 2021. The Orders will come in to effect in 28 days’ time, around 11 June.

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

TEC is in the process of appointing industry leaders with governance experience to the Councils of the WDCs. There is good representation of the Infrastructure industries on the nominations committee, which will recommend and appoint new members to the governance board of the CIWDC. 

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 has submitted our transition plan to TEC, with a planned shift of our Arranging Training functions into Te Pūkenga in Q3.

This was the preferred option signalled through the extensive consultation we did with industry and is seen as the best way of achieving the key concerns of industry:

      • Making sure industry continue to have a strong voice in how training is delivered;
      • Minimising disruption for existing employers and learners currently in training;
      • Providing access to more learning options including on-job, online and off-job provision.

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.

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