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A new kind of organisation

Bringing together on-the-job, on campus, and online vocational education and training through a unified, sustainable network of regionally accessible provision.

Reimagining vocational learning

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.

It will be the cornerstone of a cohesive, sustainable vocational education system that helps improve wellbeing for all New Zealanders and supports a growing economy that works for everyone.

We’re helping New Zealand move to a vocational education system that puts learners in the centre – a shift from fitting life around learning, to learning that fits around people and their world … throughout their lifetimes.

Vocational education is changing in New Zealand. It’s a journey that will take time.

This will be a new conversation with learners – from what you’re studying and where you’re studying to ways of learning more in tune with where the world is heading.

It will be a nationally recognised new way of learning that creates real value and real meaning for people – learning that’s more accessible and flexible.

This is Te Pūkenga | Ko Te Pūkenga mātou

Our identity is inspired by the base of the harakeke. The strongest part,
from where all threads meet and grow.

Because while we are all separate strands, we are stronger together.

Here, we share perspectives to exchange knowledge and skills.

We treat learning and teaching as one, weaving together
our collective past for a thriving tomorrow.

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou.

We draw our strength from this place – and we use it
to support and lift each other up.

This is the base, from where we grow and flourish.

This is Te Pūkenga.

Te Pūkenga word mark

About the reform

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is the most significant set of changes for the tertiary education sector in more than 25 years.

The reforms encompass seven key changes designed to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work, and that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

  1. Create Workforce Development Councils to give industry greater leadership across vocational education.
  2. Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups to provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), workforce development councils, and local vocational education providers.
  3. Establish Te Taumata Aronui , a group to help develop the tertiary education system, including the RoVE programme, so that it better supports the aspirations, and reflects the needs, of Māori learners, communities and employers.
  4. Create a unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education and training, with a working name of the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. 
  5. Shift the role of supporting workplace learning from Industry Training Organisations to providers , to ultimately achieve seamless integration between the two and to ensure industry needs are met.
  6. Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the system.
  7. Unify the vocational education funding system , applying it to all providers and work-integrated education and industry training.

More information

For current information on the wider RoVE programme, visit the Tertiary Education Commission website.

For background information on the reforms, visit the conversation on Kōrero Mātauranga.

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Contact us by phone or email, or visit our Employers page for learning contacts.

0800 86 22 84

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