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Our transition pathway

Te Pūkenga has a significant
transformation programme ahead.

Building a new organisation

Our Transition Pathway sets out the direction we will take to design the future of Vocational Learning in New Zealand. Our establishment and transformation programme through to 2022 will:

  • bring New Zealand's Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and transition Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) into a single institution
  • transform the network, its delivery models, its Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationships, its physical and digital presence, and its engagement approaches
  • actively manage the provider network, so we can continue to operate effectively during the transition period.

Key to these changes is our Transition Pathway, which is described as six Transformation workstreams and three Core Capabilities workstreams. The workstreams are explained below and will be updated as we progress.

Maintaining business as usual

As we build our new operating model, we will continue to maintain our range of high-quality and valued foundation, vocational, professional and applied programmes across the country.

We offer programmes at all levels of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Our programmes reflect the needs of learners, business and communities and the demands of the economic and social response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our work plan

As we grow and establish ourselves, our work plan is used to group key activities, identify interdependencies, and ensure a connected and collaborative approach that is aligned to our Council priorities and Te Pūkenga outcomes. It supports us to take a methodical approach to the scale of the challenge ahead, with key milestones to ensure we meet the deadlines ahead of us. Our work plan is a living document that evolves as we do to ensure we are continuously aligning our mahi with the pace of change in the organisation and indeed our network. 

Our work plan includes six programmes of work. Included below is an overview of the projects within each programme that we are working on to reach Horizon 1 – 1 January 2023.

This plan was last updated in May 2022 and is subject to change.

  • Transition for learners
    • Learners treated as enrolled in Te Pūkenga with consistency in Te Pūkenga brand and communications.
    • Digital Marketing Ecosystem — a connected ecosystem of all network websites that provides a seamless experience for learners and employers providing them access to all opportunities available throughout the network.
    • All graduating learners receive a Te Pūkenga qualification (co-branded until 2025 for learners enrolled prior to 2023).

    National Strategic Disability Action Plan
    • National Strategic Disability Action Plan implements the Accessibility Charter across Aotearoa New Zealand, consistent data collection on disabled learners, and training.

    Expanded mental health and wellbeing services
    • Greater primary mental health services are available across Aotearoa New Zealand for all learners (national and regional levels).

    Network quick wins
    • New Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners access new mentoring and early out-reach/connection services in most regions which focus on increasing access, participation, and retention across the network.
  • Learner success and equity
    • Te Rito learner success and equity action plans set a baseline for the network and drive equity for learners across Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • Learner Success and Equity Strategy is in place with Horizon 1 actions in place.

    Te Pūkenga Outcomes Framework
    • Future outcomes framework drives network activities, investment, and performance from 2023; governance ensures overarching view of performance against the framework.
    • Network-wide data framework approach.
    • Data ethics and governance board established (developed with Māori technical experts).

    Te Pae Tawhiti Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework
    • Te Pae Tawhiti Te Tiriti o Waitangi excellence framework finalised and action plans in place within all subsidiaries, and Te Pūkenga to deliver impact monitoring.

    Māori cultural capability
    • Lift the leadership practice and cultural capability to effectively partner with Māori.
  • Assets and liabilities
    • Capital Asset Management Strategy (CAMS) and plan.

    Operating Model
    • Deliver and consult on future operating model and organisational design.
    • New high-level organisation design/structure is in place with key roles recruited.
    • Efficiencies & effectiveness (consolidation of subsidiaries, shared central capability or functions, financial viability of network).
    • Fast track selected enabling functions through:
      • Developing high level organisation structures

      • Selecting permanent Te Pūkenga leaders

      • Report Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITPs) teams through to Te Pūkenga leadership

      • Developing and implementing detailed organisation structures

      • Generating efficiency initiatives.

    • Staged integration of early mover ITPs focusing on:
      • Regional models

      • Regional leadership structure/accountability design.

    Te Tiriti partnership model
    • Develop Te Tiriti partnership model and implementation plan.
    • Develop Te Tiriti blueprint to inform operating model design and process, and develop implementation plan.
    • Develop a mechanism to identify, receive and protect Taonga Māori and Mātauranga Māori within Te Pūkenga.

    Learner engagement ecosystem  
    • Learner engagement framework and representation implemented through operating model and network-wide surveys in place.

    Equity
    • Equity is integrated and embedded into Te Pūkenga operating model blueprint and operating model programme business case.

    Unification of programmes 
    • Establish and implement a transition programme of work for unification of programmes across the network.  
    • Unification of Fees Across Network.  
    • Unification and Equity Strategy for each fee type, fees standardised across qualifications and levels, and consistency in student levies. 

    Quality Management System and academic regulatory alignment
    • Establish and implement a Quality Management System and Quality Assurance Framework with roles and responsibilities for improved quality of provision.

    Governance
    • Single council with advisory committees and sub-committees (WBL board dissolution no later than mid 2023).

  • Work Based Learning
    • Work Based Learning (WBL) subsidiary integrates into new structure no later than mid-2023.
    • Ongoing transition of TITOs (Transitional Industry Training Organisations) into WBL and Horizon 1 outlook.
  • Transition for employees and onboarding
    • This project aims to complete the legal transfer of our network employees into Te Pūkenga, together with a welcoming ‘orientation’.
    • Employees are warmly welcomed through a series of engagements that connect them with one another, our network, our Te Piko Strategy, our leadership, and our Te Pūkenga way of working.
    • Employee transfer agreements / employment agreements, immigration accreditation, welcome to Te Pūkenga including onboarding, employee surveys.
    • Capability building for employees focuses on Te Tiriti, equity for learners, disability confidence to grow future capabilities required to support future transformation.

    Change leadership 
    • Deliver change required for Horizon 1 with focus on supporting employee networks, unions, and newly established change teams to support subsidiary readiness for change.

    Ako Teaching and Learning Framework
    • Ako Teaching Framework co-designed and responding to learner, employer and employee insights and personas to inform capability development, CAMS (Capital Asset Management Strategy) and ISSP (Information Systems Strategic Plan).

  • Information Systems Strategic Plan (ISSP)
    • Develop the strategic vision and roadmap for provisioning of information technology for Te Pūkenga over a 2–3-year horizon.

    Security and IAM (Identity and Access Management)
    • Ensure Te Pūkenga meets a minimum standard and that long-term security architecture is defined to inform the information systems strategic plan (ISSP).

  • Assurance
    • Assurance Management Plan.
    • Business Case IQA/QRA.
    • Other planned assurance activities.

Strategic Advisory Review

An independent strategic review of the transformation programme of Te Pūkenga was undertaken in early 2022. This was jointly commissioned by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Te Pūkenga and intended to identify issues and risks, and provide practical recommendations that would be likely to support a successful transformation programme. This is part of good practice, especially when undertaking such a large and complex transformation.

Te Pūkenga is acting on the practical recommendations and will continue to make changes where required to ensure it is progressing how it needs to so it can deliver a financially viable, well governed, and regionally relevant network.

The information being released by both TEC and Te Pūkenga summarises the strategic review and the recommendations made. Throughout our transformation journey, we have been transparent about the very important mahi Te Pūkenga has been tasked with as part of the Reform of Vocational Education. We will continue this transparency as we progress through the remainder of our transformation programme and through its implementation.

View Te Pūkenga Strategic Review Final Report

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