Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)

The government has released a proposal to reform apprenticeships and industry training – and this affects you.

 While the Government continues to progress with the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), hastened by the advent of the global pandemic and the renewed emphasis on trades careers, it’s business as usual for ATNZ.

We are heartened by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and government official’s support for ensuring  that group training organisations (GTOs) like ATNZ will continue into the future.

The support we provide to our apprentices and their host companies will continue to the same high standard as always.


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Under the RoVE programme, the standard setting functions for the qualifications that ATNZ offers will transition from Competenz (the Industry Training Organisation) to the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics Workforce Development Council (WDC).  ATNZ will then continue to support the training and assessment of apprentices and to manage block courses once the remainder of Competenz transitions as is currently intended into Te Pūkenga,  the new New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. 

ATNZ board member and Competenz CEO Fiona Kingsford is a member of the MEL WDC interim establishment board and is well placed to strongly represent our interests. Fiona is also temporarily seconded to Te Pūkenga two days a week, to advise Chief Executive Stephen Town and a small group of NZIST Board members on ITO transition planning.

The final transition plans for each ITO’s arranging training functions are due to Tertiary Education Commission by the end of 2020.  The target date for all six WDCs to be operational, and all Industry Training Organisation standards setting functions to transition to the WDCs, is mid-2021.  

Meanwhile, Te Pūkenga  has been established with its head office in Hamilton and six deputy chief executives (DCEs) have been appointed.

Please contact ATNZ General Manager Susanne Martin if you have questions regarding RoVE.


What is RoVE?

On 1 August 2019 the Government announced a plan to create a unified vocational education system to break down the barriers between on-the-job and off-the-job training. This unified and sustainable approach will be fit for the future of work and deliver the skills that learners, employers and communities require and directly relevant to the changing needs of the workplace. 

Seven key changes from RoVE

  1. Create Workforce Development Councils: these six industry-governed bodies will give industry greater leadership across vocational education.

  2. Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups: These would provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), workforce development councils, and local vocational education providers.

  3. Create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology: A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, bringing together the existing 16 ITPs.

  4. Shift the role of supporting workplace learning from ITOs to providers: The new Institute and other providers would support workplace-based, on-the-job training as well as delivering education and training in provider-based, off-the-job settings, to achieve seamless integration between the settings and to be well connected with the needs of industry.

  5. Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence: CoVEs will bring together the Institute, other providers, workforce development councils, industry experts, and leading researchers to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the system.

  6. Establish Te Taumata Aronui: A group to help ensure that the Reform of Vocational Education reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori Crown partnerships.

  7. Unify the vocational education funding system: A unified funding system will apply to all provider-based and work-integrated education at certificate and diploma qualification levels 3 to 7 (excluding degree study) and all industry training.


This unified system will deliver to the unique needs of all learners, including those who have been traditionally under-served, such as Māori, Pacific peoples, and disabled learners, particularly as Māori and Pacific peoples will form a growing part of the working-age population in the future.



More information

Competenz statement

Reform of Vocational Education - consultation discussion document

Information for Competenz apprentices and trainees

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