RoVe news and updates

Reform of Vocational Education 

The Government announced their decision on the future of Vocational Education in New Zealand on 1 August 2019. 
This future is focused on a unified system for all Vocational Education in order to address the skills shortage we are facing as a country.

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What’s happened so far


The Reform of Vocation Education (RoVE) involves seven key changes, designed to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system.  The system should be fit for the future of work and deliver the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

Connexis are staying involved in and presenting the industry voice though participation in a wide range of vocational education forums, including:

  • Engagement with the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and the Ministry of Education (MoE).
  • A series of weekly meetings of Industry Training Organisations, including covering HR, Finance, Marketing and CEO’s.
  • Workforce Development Council meetings in various forums
  • Engagement with NZIST transitional team and their subsidiary ITPs


The Minister of Education announced the rename, Te Pūkenga on Tuesday 29 September at Wintec in Hamilton.

NZIST’s new name signals another important step in the reimagination of vocational education, and the development of a unified, sustainable network of regionally accessible provision.

What to expect:

  • Te Pūkenga Journey Map.   By mid-October, it is expected that they will release a copy of a simple visual that helps explain the multitude of projects and workstreams underway in NZIST – and more importantly, how they all fit together, and when you can expect to see them shaping up.
  • Operating Model.   Currently there is co-design and engagement project work going on which will feed into the development of the model. They are currently sourcing a partner to support the co-design of the operating model. Their aim is to have an initial design before the end of the year.

Consultation will be undertaken In the first quarter of 2021.  The expectation is for implementation to occur in 2022.

NZIST was legally established on 1 April, and the Government have appointed Stephen Town as the CEO who commences 6 July.

On the establishment date their website was launched, Polytechnics became a subsidiary of NZIST and ITOs became Transitional ITOs (TITOs).  TITOs will eventually transition into a provider, either under NZIST or as a private training establishment.  Connexis’s decision on which transition option we merge into is dependent on industry preference. Please send your comments on this to

On the 14 August the appointment of six Deputy Chief Executives joining the NZIST’s senior leadership team was announced.

The DCE appointments are:

  • Ana Morrison – DCE Partnerships and Equity
  • Tania Winslade – DCE Learner Journey and Experience
  • Warwick Quinn – DCE Employer Journeys
  • Dr Angela Beaton -DCE Delivery and Academic
  • Merran Davis – DCE Transformation and Transition
  • Vaughan Payne – DCE Operations

Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence


The ConCOVE has had funding approved for five projects and five years, so this is a major investment that will change how we develop as an industry. Consultation to date has clearly identified a need to radically transform entry-level training and qualifications for some job types. The proposal is to embed them more fundamentally within the world of meaningful and paid work. This is about transformation, innovation, and diversity, by industry for industry.

Applications for Board Directors close 16 October 2020 applications here 

ConCOVE Membership

If you are a Construction and Infrastructure related Business or sole trader, you can request to become a ConCOVE member any time, at no cost. You will have the choice to be consulted on projects, be kept up to date with project newsletters, have access to forums, presentations, and workshops, and be eligible to nominate participants for the advisory Industry Groups. Application for membership here.

Find more more information on ConCOVE here

Regional Skills Leadership Groups

Industry representatives in the regions will provide information to TEC on local skills needs.  If you are interested in learning more or being part of a RSLG contact:

For more information visit

Workforce development councils (WDC)

The latest update from the Government’s budget announcement on the 14th of May highlighted a big step forward for the vocational education and training system, with the decision to fast-track establishment of the six new Workforce Development Councils by the target date of October 2020, ahead of the original target of mid-2021.

Early formation of all six WDCs will be enabled by the establishment of six skills-based interim Establishment Boards (iEBs) – one for each of the six WDCs. The iEB members has been appointed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

Each iEB’s primary role is to establish the WDC as a legal entity. Where possible and practical, the iEB will also work with transitional Industry Training Organisations, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) and other providers to inform the tertiary education system’s response to COVID-19 impacts. Elena Trout, the boards chair has recently sent a letter describing their work and objectives and what to expect from them. You can read this letter by clicking here. 

Construction & Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (CIWDC)

Connexis’s standard setting role will be transferred into the Construction & Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (CIWDC) and we have been engaging with industry, officials and other TITOs to keep this progressing.  There are two streams of work currently occurring for all WDCs:

1. Design Group – The Design Group, have been working to develop draft outlines for the reference group to check.  These draft designs are focussed on:

  1. WDC purpose and goals
  2. Skills leadership
  3. Qualifications
  4. Packages and training schemes
  5. Skills standards and moderation
  6. Advisory

Check out who is in the design group here.

2. Reference Group – The Reference Group, are testing and refining the Design Group’s initial design options to ensure they will work out in the field.  Mike Grumball, our GM Learning Solutions is part of the reference group.  Find out who else is involved here.

The Construction and Infrastructure WDC (CIWDC) is also progressing reasonably swiftly.  There’s a broader reference group who first met in November 2019, and a smaller working group who are working with officials on an ongoing basis.  Connexis, BCITO and Skills are all supporting this smaller group.  The next step is to form an official Establishment Working Group, who will have a series of tasks to complete to develop the CIWDC – including, for instance, an Order in Council to establish the WDC, developing the process for an Establishment Board, and the final CIWDC Board.


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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