In February 2019, the Government announced the proposed Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which was confirmed in August 2019 after consultation. The objective of RoVE is to form a strong, unified and sustainable vocational education system that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

To date, the following has taken place:

  • The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology was formed on 1 April 2020, with each of the 16 polytechnics becoming a subsidiary. The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology has subsequently been renamed Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All 16 polytechnics will continue to be subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga until full integration. More information can be found here: www.tepūkenga.ac.nz.
  • On 1 April 2020, ITO’s (industry training organisations) became TITO’s (transitional industry training organisations).
  • There are six newly-formed Workforce Development Councils.
  • TITO’s are developing their Transition Plans to transfer their standard-setting and arranging training responsibilities. MITO’s standard-setting functions (qualification and standards development and review) is legislated to transfer to the Hanga-Aro-Rau Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council, with the exception of the gas industry which transfers to the Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council. MITO has signed a Letter of Intent with Te Pūkenga to transfer it’s arranging training functions, for some or all industries in our coverage, to a work-based learning subsidiary. Industry engagement is underway.

For more information about RoVE, please view the videos on the Tertiary Education Commission website.

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