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An update from Te Pūkenga - June 2021

Kia ora koutou

Over the last month we have reached some key milestones, which really illustrate the progress we are making and the efforts and commitment from whānau across both the subsidiaries and Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) to establish Te Pūkenga as a unified network of vocational learning.

Later this year the first four TITOs will move to Te Pūkenga, subject to the approval of the Tertiary Education Commission Board. Competenz, Connexis, BCITO and MITO will become business units within Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning subsidiary. Advertising has begun this week for a Chief Executive as part of the mahi to set up the subsidiary ahead of their moves.

This is a positive step in our transitional process and the Chief Executive will have an important role in supporting TITO whānau as they move across. They will also work closely with the Chief Executives of all of our subsidiaries and me to support the implementation of the operating model as well as ensuring we continue to deliver for learners, employers and industry.

We were pleased to release the first Te Pūkenga Annual Report last month. It’s an example of incredible mahi bringing together information from across our 16 subsidiaries to create a consolidated view of Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics in Aotearoa.

The report looks at the 9-month period from Te Pūkenga establishment on 1 April 2020 until 31 December 2020. With 16 subsidiaries, 153,900 learners, 150 campuses and almost 8,000 FTE staff, the report gives a sense of the scale of Te Pūkenga. As those numbers don’t include TITOs or their apprentices, trainees, employers or staff, I look forward to seeing an increasingly fuller picture of vocational education over the next few years. The 2020 Annual Report is now available on our website.

This is just a taster of the mahi that has been underway this month – there is plenty more happening, some of which you can read about below. We’ll keep updating you each month on the highlights and progress we’re making.

Ngā mihi
Stephen Town
Chief Executive

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