About Te Pūkenga

Te Pūkenga aims to bring together on-the-job, on campus and online vocational education and training through a unified, sustainable network of regionally accessible provision.

As New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, Te Pūkenga ultimately has 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.

Te Pūkenga is journeying towards being the cornerstone of a cohesive, sustainable vocational education system that helps improve wellbeing for all New Zealanders and supports a growing economy that works for everyone.

As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga, Toi Ohomai is helping New Zealand move to a vocational education system that puts learners in the centre – a shift from fitting life around learning, to learning that fits around people and their worlds – throughout their lifetimes.

Vocational education is changing in New Zealand. It’s a journey that will take time.

There will be a new conversation with learners – from what our students are studying and where they’re studying, to ways of learning more in tune with where the world is heading.

Eventually, there will be a nationally recognised new way of learning that creates real value and real meaning for people – learning that’s more accessible and flexible.

About the Reform of Vocational Education (ROVE)

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is the most significant set of changes for the tertiary education sector in more than 25 years.

The reforms encompass seven key changes designed to create a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work, and that delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

  • Create Workforce Development Councils to give industry greater leadership across vocational education.
  • Establish Regional Skills Leadership Groups to provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), workforce development councils, and local vocational education providers.
  • Establish Te Taumata Aronui, a group to help develop the tertiary education system, including the RoVE programme, so it better supports the aspirations, and reflects the needs, of Māori learners, communities and employers.
  • Create a unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education and training (Te Pūkenga). 
  •  Shift the role of supporting workplace learning from Industry Training Organisations to providers, to ultimately achieve seamless integration between the two and to ensure industry needs are met.
  • Establish Centres of Vocational Excellence to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the system.
  • Unify the vocational education funding system, applying it to all providers and work-integrated education and industry training.

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