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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 and transition Industry Training Organisations into a single institution
  • transform the network, its delivery models, its Te Tiriti o Waitangi relationships, its physical and digital presence, and 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.

You can view the timeline for our workstreams by clicking on the picture to the right.

The workstreams are explained below and will be updated as we progress.

Transition pathway diagram

Transformation workstreams

Māori Partnership & Equity

Ākonga at the Centre

Employer Aligned

Operating Model

TITO Transition & Work-based Learning

Academic Delivery Innovation

Mana Ōrite

The Māori Partnerships and Equity workstream will deliver collaborative approaches with Māori; embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework throughout all Te Pūkenga activities, and help us to describe core objectives within a rautaki/strategy co-designed and agreed to with Māori partners.

Ana Morrison, DCE Partnerships and Equity leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • ensure our systems and services work well for Māori
  • respond with excellence to the priorities of Māori learners and their whānau, and to the wider aspirations of hapū and Māori hāpori throughout Aotearoa
  • always seek to work in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In our work practice we will co-design approaches that meet Ka Hikitia expectations with Māori, to facilitate Māori succeeding as Māori throughout vocational education.

Updates

Learning and sharing feedback on Te Pae Tawhiti

Female hands weaving flax

Learning and sharing feedback on Te Pae Tawhiti. Read the news article.

Te Pae Tawhiti comes alive

Ensuring equitable outcomes are achieved for Māori. Read the news article.

Ākonga at the Centre iconKo te Ākonga te Pūtake

The Ākonga at the Centre workstream will provide us with a greater understanding of learners. This is important so we can deliver learning in a way that embraces the unique needs of all learners, including those who have been traditionally under-served.

Tania Winslade, DCE Learner Journey and Experience leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop learner journey maps and use an analysis of these to help design our future operating model
  • ensure the unique needs of ākonga, including Māori, Pacific Peoples, disabled and other under-served learners, are met through co-design with our learners, their whānau and our stakeholders
  • develop strategies that Te Pūkenga can implement to maintain momentum as we transition to our new operating model.

Updates

Hearing from our learners across the nation

Understanding the experience of our learners is critical to progressing the Te Pūkenga commitment to a vocational education system with learners at the centre. Read the news article.

Collaborating across the network

A staff team from across the broad network have collaborated successfully to make the initial Ākonga at the Centre engagement a real success. Read the news article.

Employer Aligned iconHāngai ki te Kaitukumahi

The Employer Aligned workstream will ensure we are aligned to the needs of employers throughout the transformation programme. This is important as it drives our ability to maintain and grow apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in New Zealand.

Warwick Quinn, DCE Employer Journey and Experience, leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop employer journey maps and analytics to inform the design of the future operating model
  • ensure the needs of employers are aligned throughout the wider transformation programme
  • develop strategies that Te Pūkenga can implement to maintain momentum as we transition to the new operating model
  • develop and build an employer, industry and community engagement model so we can:
    • understand what good looks like and adapt our approach to meet the regional and national requirements of these groups
    • fit seamlessly with Regional Skills Leadership Groups and Workforce Development Councils
    • ensure the right relationships at the right level.

Updates

The importance of employers in operating model design

In early December, the first of three employer experience workshops was held in Wellington. Read the news article.

DCE says employers are incredibly important

Introducing Warwick Quinn, DCE Employer Journey and Experience. Read the news article.

Operating Model iconWhakaumu i te ako

The Operating Model workstream will deliver a design putting learners at the centre, meeting employer, and community need, and delivering equitable outcomes for Māori.

Our focus is on realising the aspiration of the Reform of Vocational Education. The cornerstone of this is the design and implementation of a longer-term operating model for Te Pūkenga. We will create a sustainable, national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training, which is responsive to the needs of all regions of New Zealand, their learners, industries, employers and communities.

Merran Davis, DCE Transformation and Transition leads this workstream.

Objectives

In partnership with Māori, we will:

  • design our new operating model so that it achieves equity for Māori, places learners at the centre and is employer aligned
  • develop an implementation plan that will take Te Pūkenga from its current state to the future state.

Updates

It’s Your Turn! Share your feedback on our online space

Three young learners learners looking into text book

Sign up today and begin to share your feedback on our online space. Read the news article.

Co-design team begins operating model mahi

The operating model team began working with the co-design team in February. Read the news article.

TITO Transition Work-based learning iconAhumahi, Ahuako

The TITO Transition and Work-based Learning workstream will ensure we are prepared to provide for work-based training and support.

Merran Davis, DCE Transformation and Transition leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop a practical implementation plan to transition the arranging training function and capability currently provided by transitional industry training organisations (TITOs)
  • ensure Te Pūkenga is ready to provide work based learning
  • consider and address the key operational risks associated with any transition of TITOs to Te Pūkenga
  • integrate the work of arranging training and capability into the operating model.

Updates

Arranging training transitions reaching milestones

Stevedore employer and apprentice at dockyard

Activity is gathering pace for transitional industry training organisations. Read the news article.

Doing good things

United by doing good things for trainees, apprentices and employers. Read the news article.

Academic Delivery Innovation iconHe Tukunga Auaha

The Academic Delivery Innovation workstream will deliver innovative and flexible learning products, modes and practices that meet the changing needs of learners.

Dr Angela Beaton, DCE Delivery and Academic leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • design and plan our qualification and regulatory framework to support the transformation of our teaching and learning models
  • support deeper and wider engagement with academic staff to support change (Discipline Forums).

Updates

Setting the foundation for collaboration

Significant steps have been made with Poari Akoranga. Read the news article.

NZIST welcomes first Centres of Vocational Excellence

CoVEs for the Construction and Primary Sector will be hosted by NZIST subsidiaries MIT and EIT, respectively. Read the news article.

Māori Partnership & Equity

Mana Ōrite

The Māori Partnerships and Equity workstream will deliver collaborative approaches with Māori; embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi Excellence Framework throughout all Te Pūkenga activities, and help us to describe core objectives within a rautaki/strategy co-designed and agreed to with Māori partners.

Ana Morrison, DCE Partnerships and Equity leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • ensure our systems and services work well for Māori
  • respond with excellence to the priorities of Māori learners and their whānau, and to the wider aspirations of hapū and Māori hāpori throughout Aotearoa
  • always seek to work in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In our work practice we will co-design approaches that meet Ka Hikitia expectations with Māori, to facilitate Māori succeeding as Māori throughout vocational education.

Updates

Learning and sharing feedback on Te Pae Tawhiti

Female hands weaving flax

Learning and sharing feedback on Te Pae Tawhiti. Read the news article.

Te Pae Tawhiti comes alive

Ensuring equitable outcomes are achieved for Māori. Read the news article.

Ākonga at the Centre

Ākonga at the Centre iconKo te Ākonga te Pūtake

The Ākonga at the Centre workstream will provide us with a greater understanding of learners. This is important so we can deliver learning in a way that embraces the unique needs of all learners, including those who have been traditionally under-served.

Tania Winslade, DCE Learner Journey and Experience leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop learner journey maps and use an analysis of these to help design our future operating model
  • ensure the unique needs of ākonga, including Māori, Pacific Peoples, disabled and other under-served learners, are met through co-design with our learners, their whānau and our stakeholders
  • develop strategies that Te Pūkenga can implement to maintain momentum as we transition to our new operating model.

Updates

Hearing from our learners across the nation

Understanding the experience of our learners is critical to progressing the Te Pūkenga commitment to a vocational education system with learners at the centre. Read the news article.

Collaborating across the network

A staff team from across the broad network have collaborated successfully to make the initial Ākonga at the Centre engagement a real success. Read the news article.

Employer Aligned

Employer Aligned iconHāngai ki te Kaitukumahi

The Employer Aligned workstream will ensure we are aligned to the needs of employers throughout the transformation programme. This is important as it drives our ability to maintain and grow apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in New Zealand.

Warwick Quinn, DCE Employer Journey and Experience, leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop employer journey maps and analytics to inform the design of the future operating model
  • ensure the needs of employers are aligned throughout the wider transformation programme
  • develop strategies that Te Pūkenga can implement to maintain momentum as we transition to the new operating model
  • develop and build an employer, industry and community engagement model so we can:
    • understand what good looks like and adapt our approach to meet the regional and national requirements of these groups
    • fit seamlessly with Regional Skills Leadership Groups and Workforce Development Councils
    • ensure the right relationships at the right level.

Updates

The importance of employers in operating model design

In early December, the first of three employer experience workshops was held in Wellington. Read the news article.

DCE says employers are incredibly important

Introducing Warwick Quinn, DCE Employer Journey and Experience. Read the news article.

Operating Model

Operating Model iconWhakaumu i te ako

The Operating Model workstream will deliver a design putting learners at the centre, meeting employer, and community need, and delivering equitable outcomes for Māori.

Our focus is on realising the aspiration of the Reform of Vocational Education. The cornerstone of this is the design and implementation of a longer-term operating model for Te Pūkenga. We will create a sustainable, national network of regionally accessible vocational education and training, which is responsive to the needs of all regions of New Zealand, their learners, industries, employers and communities.

Merran Davis, DCE Transformation and Transition leads this workstream.

Objectives

In partnership with Māori, we will:

  • design our new operating model so that it achieves equity for Māori, places learners at the centre and is employer aligned
  • develop an implementation plan that will take Te Pūkenga from its current state to the future state.

Updates

It’s Your Turn! Share your feedback on our online space

Three young learners learners looking into text book

Sign up today and begin to share your feedback on our online space. Read the news article.

Co-design team begins operating model mahi

The operating model team began working with the co-design team in February. Read the news article.

TITO Transition & Work-based Learning

TITO Transition Work-based learning iconAhumahi, Ahuako

The TITO Transition and Work-based Learning workstream will ensure we are prepared to provide for work-based training and support.

Merran Davis, DCE Transformation and Transition leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • develop a practical implementation plan to transition the arranging training function and capability currently provided by transitional industry training organisations (TITOs)
  • ensure Te Pūkenga is ready to provide work based learning
  • consider and address the key operational risks associated with any transition of TITOs to Te Pūkenga
  • integrate the work of arranging training and capability into the operating model.

Updates

Arranging training transitions reaching milestones

Stevedore employer and apprentice at dockyard

Activity is gathering pace for transitional industry training organisations. Read the news article.

Doing good things

United by doing good things for trainees, apprentices and employers. Read the news article.

Academic Delivery Innovation

Academic Delivery Innovation iconHe Tukunga Auaha

The Academic Delivery Innovation workstream will deliver innovative and flexible learning products, modes and practices that meet the changing needs of learners.

Dr Angela Beaton, DCE Delivery and Academic leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • design and plan our qualification and regulatory framework to support the transformation of our teaching and learning models
  • support deeper and wider engagement with academic staff to support change (Discipline Forums).

Updates

Setting the foundation for collaboration

Significant steps have been made with Poari Akoranga. Read the news article.

NZIST welcomes first Centres of Vocational Excellence

CoVEs for the Construction and Primary Sector will be hosted by NZIST subsidiaries MIT and EIT, respectively. Read the news article.

Core capabilities workstreams

Network Collaboration

Governance & Accountability Framework

Capital Asset Strategy & Network Stabilisation

Network Collaboration iconWhātui Mahi Tahi

The Network Collaboration workstream will focus on bringing together the network to work together in response to identified and emerging challenges facing the vocational education sector.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • support collaboration of efficiency gains across the network
  • respond to training skills and needs development resulting from COVID-19
  • improve accessibility for learners across the sector, for example through the Technology Access Fund
  • support a reset of the internationalisation strategy within the post COVID-19 environment.

Updates

Setting a clear vision for our future

As we embark on the journey to create our future, Te Pūkenga has confirmed a vision, purpose, educational priorities and an underpinning set of values to guide our governance, management and operating practice. Read the news article.

Mobilising for internationalisation in a new world

International students and the international education sector are an important part of our education system and community. Read the news article.

Governance Accountability Framework iconMana Tiaki, Manu Mātai

The Governance & Accountability Framework workstream will ensure appropriate and necessary levels of representation are in place to contribute to our governance structure.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • design and develop functions of the new entity that can effectively monitor consolidated performance of the group
  • develop the Te Pūkenga Investment Plan
  • establish Staff and Learner Committees.

Updates

Staff and learner voices inform our thinking

Giving greater voice to staff and learners was a recurring theme in the feedback gathered during the Reform of Vocational Education consultation in 2019. Read the news article.

Giving a voice to 70,000 staff and learners

We’re co-creating an election process with staff and learners to establish committees that will advise our national Council. Read the news article.

Capital Strategy and Network Stabilisation iconTātai Rawa

The Capital Asset Strategy & Network
Stabilisation workstream will take ownership of planning for the ongoing management and development of physical sites and assets across the network.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • complete an assessment of physical footprint of the network
  • progress the development of a capital asset management policy and strategy, an asset management information system, and a sector-wide improvement plan.

Network Collaboration

Network Collaboration iconWhātui Mahi Tahi

The Network Collaboration workstream will focus on bringing together the network to work together in response to identified and emerging challenges facing the vocational education sector.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • support collaboration of efficiency gains across the network
  • respond to training skills and needs development resulting from COVID-19
  • improve accessibility for learners across the sector, for example through the Technology Access Fund
  • support a reset of the internationalisation strategy within the post COVID-19 environment.

Updates

Setting a clear vision for our future

As we embark on the journey to create our future, Te Pūkenga has confirmed a vision, purpose, educational priorities and an underpinning set of values to guide our governance, management and operating practice. Read the news article.

Mobilising for internationalisation in a new world

International students and the international education sector are an important part of our education system and community. Read the news article.

Governance & Accountability Framework

Governance Accountability Framework iconMana Tiaki, Manu Mātai

The Governance & Accountability Framework workstream will ensure appropriate and necessary levels of representation are in place to contribute to our governance structure.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • design and develop functions of the new entity that can effectively monitor consolidated performance of the group
  • develop the Te Pūkenga Investment Plan
  • establish Staff and Learner Committees.

Updates

Staff and learner voices inform our thinking

Giving greater voice to staff and learners was a recurring theme in the feedback gathered during the Reform of Vocational Education consultation in 2019. Read the news article.

Giving a voice to 70,000 staff and learners

We’re co-creating an election process with staff and learners to establish committees that will advise our national Council. Read the news article.

Capital Asset Strategy & Network Stabilisation

Capital Strategy and Network Stabilisation iconTātai Rawa

The Capital Asset Strategy & Network
Stabilisation workstream will take ownership of planning for the ongoing management and development of physical sites and assets across the network.

Vaughan Payne, DCE Operations leads this workstream.

Objectives

We will:

  • complete an assessment of physical footprint of the network
  • progress the development of a capital asset management policy and strategy, an asset management information system, and a sector-wide improvement plan.

Maintaining business as usual

As we progress with our Transition Programme and 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.

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