On 4 October 2021, the mahi we do to arrange, tautoko and assess work-based training (apprenticeships, traineeships and micro-credentials) transferred to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, led by Chief Executive Toby Beaglehole.

BCITO is a separately branded business division within WBL, led by Director Jason Hungerford. Jason is responsible for championing the needs of Building and Construction learners and employers in Te Pūkenga WBL.

What this means for employers and learners

It’s important to remember that our qualifications and services are not changing. As usual, tautoko for employers and learners will continue with the same BCITO people who you work with now.

On 4 October 2021, our qualification standards-setting functions transferred to a new entity, called Waihanga Ara Rau the Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC) led by Philip Aldridge.

So, it’s business as usual for you and BCITO. We’re still building tāngata, together.

Find out more about Te Pūkenga

Find out more about Waihanga Ara Rau

At the heart of it

These are evolving times for BCITO, and we are proud to be one of the first transitional ITOs to join Te Pūkenga WBL. We are on a journey to reshape and grow vocational education in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We know this coming together of work-based, online and classroom learning will deliver the best possible outcomes for our employers and learners, who are always at the heart of everything we do.


If I am doing an apprenticeship or other on-the-job learning is my BCITO qualification still valid after 4 October 2021?

Yes, there will be no changes to your qualification or your current learning programme.

Will employers and learners still have the same training advisor after 4 October 2021?

Yes, you will connect with BCITO in the same way, your training advisor will not change, and we will continue to tautoko our learners and employers to the same high standard we always have. We are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for everyone.

Will I still be able to engage and advise BCITO on usual channels?

Yes. Our website, email addresses and phone numbers will remain the same.

We will welcome all feedback on programmes, services and initiatives in the same way we do now. Our industry National Advisory Groups (NAGs) will still be regularly engaging with us as industry representatives. We will continue to invite industry input into programme and service delivery through technical advisory groups, NAGs and your individual feedback.

How will the changes consider Māori aspirations?

A key priority of vocational reform is to recognise the needs of Māori communities better and acknowledge that Māori are significant employers with their own social and economic goals.

The changes will support learners who weren’t well served by the previous system, including Māori.

A group has been set up to ensure the changes reflect the Government’s commitment to the partnership between Māori and the Crown – Te Taumata Aronui. This group will give Māori community and employer views on tertiary education, including vocational education and training.

Where do I find out more about Te Pūkenga?

Go to tepūkenga.ac.nz

Where do I go to find out more about RoVE and WDCs?

You will find more detailed information about RoVE and WDCs on TEC’s website.

I have a question, how do I get in touch?

You can email [email protected] with any RoVE-related questions.