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Join the team that’s building the
future of vocational education
in New Zealand

Help set the direction for quality learning to meet tomorrow’s needs

He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

Do you want be part of a new dynamic team, charged with reforming NZ's tertiary education system, putting learners at the very centre, increasing access for all, and ensuring equity for Māori?

Te Pūkenga is the new entity responsible for ensuring equity and excellence for all New Zealanders in the area of vocational education.  Its key functions include; improving outcomes for Māori and Māori communities in collaboration with Māori and iwi partners and stakeholders; improving the consistency of vocational education and training; meeting the needs of the regions of New Zealand and their learners, industries, employers and communities; ensuring that every learner receives what they need to be successful, and to improve outcomes in the tertiary education system as a whole.

Office of the Chief Executive

  • He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

    Fixed term until 16 December 2022
    Flexible location

    Dynamic and agile environment

    Te Pūkenga is seeking an experienced Administrator to provide professional, efficient and timely administrative, logistical and practical support to staff across Te Pūkenga.

    Reporting to the Executive Assistant - Chief Executive, key responsibilities include:

    • Support and coordinate meetings, projects, activities and events
    • General office support including stationery orders and reception duties
    • Ensure the timely collation of reports and information for executive
    • Manage incoming and outgoing correspondence to support the Executive Assistants and DCEs
    • Book and create travel itineraries
    • Provide prompt, friendly and customer-oriented responses to all telephone, face to face and email enquiries
    • Day to day administrative tasks including printing, scanning, filing, minute taking.


    The role will suit you if you enjoy working in a busy environment where no two days are the same.

    We are seeking applicants who demonstrate the following:

    • A strong commitment to customer service and empathy for customer needs
    • High degree of computer literacy, including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams and intermediate knowledge of Adobe Acrobat
    • Administrative or Co-ordination experience in a medium or large organisation
    • Knowledge of tikanga Māori and demonstrated experience in applying this in the workplace, including organising bicultural and Māori kaupapa
    • Demonstrated ability to manage workflow and prioritise to ensure deadlines and targets are met.

    See the position description here: Administrator

    Please send your application, including a CV and cover letter, to recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz. Applications close at 5pm Friday 2 July 2021.

Work Based Learning

  • He akoranga whaihua – kia waihanga i te ao o āpōpō | Learning with purpose, creating our futures 

    Fixed Term, flexible location
    Dynamic and agile environment

    Do you want be part of a new dynamic team, charged with reforming the tertiary education system for Aotearoa by putting learners at the very centre, increasing access for all, and ensuring equity for Māori? 

     About the Role:

    Te Pūkenga has entered an exciting phase with the transition of our industry training organisations (TITO) about to commence. Each TITO will be established as a business unit within a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga (known as Work Based Learning (WBL) Limited), each with their own operational leadership team.

    The CEO will steer the WBL Subsidiary through an exciting period of transformational change as set out in the legislated Te Pūkenga Charter. This will include supporting the transition of TITOs into the work based learning subsidiary, delivering on both learner and employer outcomes, supporting the implementation of the operating model to enable a shift to a single national network, and embedding a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

    Skills and Experience:

    • A confident, values-based leader who recognises culture development and staff engagement as key in the delivery of the organisations success
    • Commercially astute and solutions focused with the ability to balance strong theory with practical application 
    • An excellent communicator who enjoys working with a broad team made up of people with different skill sets, yet a common purpose and determination for positive outcomes for Te Pūkenga 
    • Demonstrated expertise in industry dynamics and customer-centric frameworks
    • Engaged and skilled in working with Māori, iwi, hapū and whānau collectives as partners. 
    • Expertise with leading business planning cycles within a large-scale organisation, including successfully driving and managing a significant transformational change project 
    • Excellent understanding of the vocational education sector in New Zealand, with knowledge of:
      • Key industry partners and stakeholders and their strategic needs
      • Future trends and opportunities in both vocational education as well as the future of work 
      • Knowledge of the impact and opportunities of technological and social developments on the content and delivery of vocational education throughout Aotearoa. 


    • Dynamic, agile environment
    • Be at the forefront of transformational change in the vocational education sector
    • Competitive remuneration package
    • Flexible location – work from home when not travelling.
    • Fixed Term until July 2023

    How to apply:

    For further information on this position please click through to the role profile: Chief Executive Officer- Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Ltd

    Otherwise, we welcome your resume and cover letter at recruitment@tepukenga.ac.nz.

    Applications close 5pm, Friday 25 June 2021.

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