RoVe news and updates
Te Whakahou i te Mātauranga Ahumahinga | Reform of Vocational Education
Consultation is open! Have your say on the Workforce Development Council (WDC) Order in Council proposals.
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.
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.
Latest Te Pukenga News
Connexis, along with two other TITOs, BCITO and Competenz, have begun discussions on future transition arrangements. Connexis has signed a Letter of Intent with Te Pukenga which allows both organisations to explore transition arrangements in more detail.
Connexis will continue to consult with industry as these discussions progress to allow Industry to make the right decision on the future of their industry training at the appropriate time.
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
TEC are currently consulting on the Orders in Council which will establish WDCs as legal entities. This consultation commenced 16 December and will close 5 February 2021. While the timing is not ideal, we encourage you to have your say. For more information, visit the TEC website, click here.
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.
4. 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 email@example.com