Some of you will be fully up-to-date with the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), others not so much. This is an update on what stage RoVE is at now. If you need to know what RoVE is all about please refer to the Background section below or visit TEC's RoVE information webpage.
WHERE IS ROVE AT ?
Te Pūkenga and arranging on-the-job training
Te Pūkenga is the new national institute of skills and technology, which aims to build learning around the learner. As part of BCITO's transition under RoVE, we’ve signed a Letter of Intent to transition our arrangement of on-the-job training to Te Pūkenga by the end of 2021.
Representatives from each Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) transitioning into Te Pūkenga participated in a workshop looking at their current service models in February. Through this workshop, the group captured strengths that were important to retain through transition, such as flexibility and customisation of programmes to support specific workplace needs, support for learner progression, and highlighted the strong industry relationships and talented people within the TITO community.
Throughout this transition, it’s important to remember that our services and qualifications are not changing at all. It’s business as usual.
Standing up the Construction and Infrastructure WDC (CIWDC)
A significant milestone in the Reform of Vocational Education is the formation of the CIWDC, the new industry-led and governed Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (CIWDCs).
The legislative processes to formally establishing the CIWDC as a legal entity through secondary legislation are happening now.
Once established, the CIWDC will have a forward, strategic view of the future skills needs of the industry; set standards, develop qualifications and help shape the curriculum of vocational education; moderate assessments against industry standards and, where appropriate, set and moderate capstone assessments at the end of a qualification.
What is RoVE?
On 1 August 2019, the Government announced key changes to create a unified vocational education system. As part of breaking down the barriers between on-the-job and off-the-job training, it will disestablish the eleven Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), of which BCITO is one, and replace them with:
- A new national delivery agency called Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology), to deliver all classroom, digital, and on-the-job learning. This is a merger of the sixteen Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and the ITOs.
- Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) with a powerful oversight role, responsible for leading the development of qualifications, standard-setting, skills leadership, brokerage and industry advocacy. They won’t be directly involved in running on-the-job training themselves.
The WDC functions and the arranging of on-job training are current Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) activities.
How does RoVE impact BCITO apprenticeships?
A key deliverable of the new training system is offering learners more support while they’re training, and ensuring vocational education is relevant to today’s world of work.
There’s no change for employers or apprentices – our services and qualifications are not changing at all. It’s business as usual, and it will stay that way throughout these reforms. The only difference you might notice is that one day your Training Advisor may turn up wearing a different shirt.