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 as of March 2021. If you need to know what RoVE is all about please refer to the Background section below.
WHERE IS ROVE AT AS OF MARCH 2021?
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.
Discovery work is approaching completion for Te Pūkenga to understand our current operating model and they will be reporting initial findings to their leadership this month. Discussions will be held in the next few weeks around transition intentions and timings.
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.
Get involved and share your thoughts
Te Pūkenga has just released an online collaboration space where they invite you to talk with them and with others on the same journey as you – this is for employers and learners, in fact, anyone can contribute. Every voice matters.
Your comments and responses will inform what Te Pūkenga does, and where and how it gets done. This is your opportunity to make sure your voice is heard so that Te Pūkenga can serve all people equally and provide the quality, access and support that learners need to be successful.
Tell your story, share your opinions, thoughts and ideas and contribute to the future of vocational learning in New Zealand.
Te Pūkenga’s “Our Journey” collaboration space will be open for the first round of contributions until Friday 19 March.
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).
Expressions of Interest are invited from industry leaders to be a part of the Appointment Committee supporting the establishment of the CIWDC.
These are temporary roles that will play a critical role in appointing new members into the industry-leading governance board of the CIWDC. The Expressions of Interest process is being run concurrently alongside the legislative processes to formally establishing the CIWDC as a legal entity through secondary legislation.
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.
It will also provide advice to the TEC on investment in vocational education, and determine the appropriate mix of skills and training for the industries they cover.
The Expressions of Interest process is being run by an independent recruitment partner and closes on 21 March 2021.
Please note: those who intend to apply for a permanent WDC governance council role, when advertised, should not apply for appointment to the appointment committee for the CIWDC.
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.
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