RoVE News Archive

11 April 2022: Te Pūkenga to welcome Toi Ohomai and Wintec into the whānau on 31 May 2022. Learners enrolled at the Waikato and Bay of Plenty-based Institute of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) will be the first to be directly part of the new national vocational education provider, rather than a regional subsidiary. Read more.

8 April 2022: TEC has updated information its information on the Unified Funding System (UFS) for vocational education. The new funding approach encourages providers to make work-based training available for more learners and employers, and aims to better address national and regional skills priorities. Read more here.

4 March 2022: Te Pūkenga releases Operating Model Engagement report. Since last year's engagement, the Operating Model development has been split into four workstreams so each can move at the required speed while staying connected. Read more on the Operating Model update section of the Te Pūkenga website.

1 January 2022: MITO becomes the fourth Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) to transfer arranging training functions to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning subsidiary. Read more.

December 2021:A summary of the feedback received during the draft Operating Model engagement in Oct/ Nov is released. Read it here: Proposed Operating Model Engagement Report.

17 December 2021: The Unified Funding System for vocational education is given Cabinet approval. Read more here.

8 November 2021: Te Pūkenga engagement on its proposed Operating Model closes. More detail can be found here.

4 October 2021: Waihanga Ara Rau took over responsibility for developing construction and infrastructure qualifications and unit standards. See the website for more information.

4 October 2021: BCITO joins Te Pūkenga subsidiary Work Based Learning Limited (WBL). Read more.

4 October 2021: Former BCITO Chief Executive Toby Beaglehole takes over as Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. Read more.

9 September 2021: Connexis GM Mike Grumball joins Waihanga Ara Rau leadership team. Read more.

2 September 2021: Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC) becomes the first WDC to announce the appointment of a Chief Executive. Read more.

1 September 2021: Connexis becomes the second TITO to transition into Te Pūkenga, becoming a business division of Te Pūkenga subsidiary Work Based Learning Ltd (WBL) under the directorship of Kaarin Gaukrodger. Read more.

12 August 2021: BCITO Chief Executive Toby Beaglehole has been appointed Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. Read more.

2 August 2021: Competenz becomes the first Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) to shift into Te Pūkenga. From 1 August, Competenz’s arranging training functions are a separately branded business division within Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), led by Director Amanda Wheeler. Find out more.

29 July 2021: Te Pūkenga employer and learner journey consultation closes. Sessions were held across the country from Tuesday 13 July. Visit the Te Pūkenga website for more information.

16 July 2021: The branding for the WDCs has been created. It is based on the taura whiri - a plaited rope - and symbolises different elements coming together in unity.

13 July 2021: Connexis becomes one of the first TITOs to sign a Transfer Agreement with Te Pūkenga, laying down the terms under which Connexis will become a separately branded business division of Te Pūkenga's Work Based Learning Limited subsidiary on 1 September 2021. Read more.

8 July 2021: Workforce Development Council (WDC) Boards announced. Appointments have been made for the governance roles to lead the newly created Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). For more information and to read the full biographies of the board members, visit the TEC website.

29 June 2021: Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) co-chairs were appointed. Each RSLG has two co-chairs, one nominated through an Expression of Interest process and the other who was selected in consultation with regional iwi and Māori. Chairs will be appointed for up to three years. Find out more about the regions and co-chairs.

29 June 2021: Connexis is given the green light to transfer its core functions into other entities as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE). On 1 September, Connexis will shift most of its business into Te Pūkenga, the new Crown entity charged with transforming the vocational education sector with an increased focus on work-based learning. Its remaining, Standard Setting functions, will transition into Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). Find out more in our news post.

16 June 2021: New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) finishes consultation on proposals for simplifying vocational qualifications and other credentials as a way of better supporting the intended outcomes of RoVE. View the consultation document here.

25 May 2021: Te Pūkenga has partnered with Energy Academy, an Orion Group initiative, to pilot a new training model to respond to future demand for skills. Learn more on the Te Pūkenga website.

14 May 2021: Connexis submitted its Transition Plan to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). The proposal, developed with extensive consultation with industry, is to shift our Arranging Training functions into Te Pūkenga and our Arranging Training functions into WDCs.

11 May 2021: Te Pūkenga and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa (TWoA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to improve access to training for skills-based vocations and attract under-represented groups into the trades. Under the agreement, any Arranging Training functions transferred from TITOs to Te Pūkenga could be delivered by the two organisations together, or could be transferred from Te Pūkenga to TWoA to deliver, under consultation and agreement with industry.  Find out more here.

10 May 2021: The six Orders in Council to establish the Workforce Development Councils were published to the New Zealand Gazette.

23 April 2021: Te Pūkenga closes the Our Journey online collaboration space, which gathers feedback on the Operating Model design.

16 April 2021: Te Pūkenga releases the second in a series of videos designed to unpack the Operating Model project. View "What principles guide the operating model design?" here.

16 April 2021: Expressions of Interest for members of the governance Councils for the Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) closed.

29 March 2021: The first of the videos to explain the Te Pūkenga's Operating Model project is released. View "What is the operating model?" here.

21 March 2021: Expressions of Interest closed for industry leaders seeking membership of the nominations and appointments committees for the Workforce Development Councils (WDC). These committees will help in recommending and appointing new members to the governance boards of the WDC.

18 March 2021: A RoVE milestone has been reached with the announcement that Te Pūkenga will be establishing a work-based subsidiary that will be available to receive TITOs for the transition of Arranging Training. More detail on this was shared in a recent news story here on Te Pūkenga’s website.