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, bringing together the sixteen Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, with the majority of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs).
As New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, Te Pūkenga will ultimately have the national and regional reach to become a long-term skills training partner for firms and industries, enabling learners to move between workplaces and other educational offerings and locations as their needs change.
On 4 October 2021 BCITO will be transferring our arrangement of on-the-job training into a business division of Te Pūkenga called Work Based Learning Subsidiary Limited (WBL). Throughout this transition, and once we are working from within Te Pūkenga, it’s important to remember that our services and qualifications are not changing – it’s business as usual.
Waihanga Ara Rau
A significant milestone in the Reform of Vocational Education is the formation of the industry-led and governed Waihanga Ara Rau - Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (CIWDC).
The legislative process to formally establish the CIWDC as a legal entity is now complete.
Waihanga Ara Rau 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.