Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)

It’s a momentous time for us at ATNZ. From Monday 02 August 2021, ATNZ became a standalone entity, separated from our industry training organisation Competenz who we have partnered with since 2011.

What’s more, in addition to being a Group Training Organisation, we have an exciting vision to become a highly valued, vibrant and commercially independent private training establishment (PTE) within the next two years.

This transformation has come about as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE): you can read more about RoVE here.

What does this mean for host companies and apprentices?

It’s important you know our services and qualifications offered are not changing, and there will be no impact on our valued host companies and apprentices. Our high level of support will carry on as always, the same ATNZ team members will support you as they do now, and all our contact details remain the unchanged.

Our organisation is evolving, and we will continue to be your trusted apprentice training partner.

Training Agreements and your information

As part of the RoVE process, the information we hold about you and the formal training agreements between us, apprentices and Competenz will be transferred to a new entity, Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. This is purely an administrative change. You can also rest assured your information will remain confidential and secure throughout this process and beyond.

A huge amount of hard mahi has gone into preparing for our separation from Competenz, and we have much more to do to turn our PTE vision into reality. We look forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months.  

If you have any questions about RoVE or our transition into a standalone entity, please don’t hesitate to email us.

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.