Right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redesign how we deliver education and training across Aotearoa and beyond.
Currently, Te Pūkenga delivers over 2000 programmes across the country to more than 115,000 learners. Our goal is to develop a unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education programmes that have our learners at the centre.
Within Te Pūkenga subsidiaries (institutes of technology and polytechnics, and transitional industry training organisations), there are many qualifications that currently have multiple programmes structured and delivered in various ways. Te Pūkenga is working collaboratively with the sector to develop one ‘unified’ programme for each qualification that will work for all.
Most programmes will transition to existing programmes with some minor updates. However, in some cases, if we are truly to put our learners at the centre, a full transformational programme development may be required to unify programmes.
We will work collaboratively with input from across Te Pūkenga network and the sector to make this a success.
Progress to date
Three areas have started to transform their programmes in collaboration with our subsidiaries to improve the experience of the learners enrolled in the following programmes:
- Bachelor of Nursing (inclusive of the Bachelor of Nursing – Māori, Bachelor of Nursing – Pacific and Bachelor of Nursing)
- Bachelor of Social Work
- Animal Healthcare and Veterinary Nursing suite of programmes.
Throughout 2021, Te Pūkenga invited nominations for a series of reference groups with representatives from across the above sectors, including ākonga (learners), Te Pūkenga kaimahi (staff), professional bodies and organisations, hapori community services user/advocacy groups, employers and workforce, and those that use the services of our graduates. All reference groups have a particular focus on those who are under-served by the education system, including Māori, Pacific, and disabled learners.
These reference groups have worked on co-designing a unified programme that will help shape how we will deliver vocational education in the future. This work is now complete and is being used to inform ngā mātāpono (guiding concepts) that will be applied during the development process for each area and programme.
In early 2022 we will engage with our network partners to gain feedback on the final draft programme documentation.
Thank you to everyone who either submitted a nomination to participate in a reference group, and/or participated in a reference group. We appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and expertise in this important mahi.
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