Reform of Vocational Education

What is RoVE?

In 2019, the Government announced key changes to the vocational education system, including on-the-job training. These changes are known as the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE).

Planned changes

Currently, Competenz is one of 11 transitional industry training organisations (TITOs), which sees us operating and supporting our industries, employers and learners.

It is proposed, subject to approval from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), that from 02 August 2021, the mahi we do to arrange, support and assesses work-based training (apprenticeships, traineeships and micro-credentials) will transition to become the Competenz business unit within the work-based learning subsidiary of Te Pūkenga – The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is the new entity that, when the transformation is complete, will incorporate all 16 New Zealand institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and 11 industry training organisations (ITOs). You can read more about Te Pūkenga here.

Then, from 04 October 2021, our qualification standards-setting functions will be transferred to new entities, called Workforce Development Councils (WDCs). Most of our qualifications and standards will go to the Manufacturing, Engineering and Logistics WDC. Further your understanding of WDCs here.

Throughout this transition, it’s important to remember that our services and qualifications are not changing at all. Support for employers and learners will carry on as normal, mostly with the same team members you work with now. Our organisation is evolving but we will continue to be your trusted industry training partner.


What is Te Pūkenga?

A new, national, tertiary education provider called Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology), will deliver all classroom, digital, and on-the-job learning. This is a merger of the sixteen Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics and the TITOs.

Everything Competenz does to arrange, assess and support on-the-job-training, and the people who do it, will become part of Te Pūkenga in August 2021.


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What is a Workforce Development Council?

There are six new entities being created called Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) to keep doing the mahi required to create qualifications, set standards and advise the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) on investment in vocational education.  

Under the reform, all Competenz qualification standards setting functions will be transferred to four of these six new councils in October 2021, as follows: 


Yes, you will connect with Competenz in the same way, your training advisors will not change, and we will continue to support our learners and employers to the same high standard we always have. We are committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for everyone.

The change from ITOs to WDCs means industry will have a greater influence on what and how training is delivered to their future workforce.

This will be achieved by giving industry, through WDCs, greater ability to:

  • influence government investment via TEC
  • set standards across providers delivering training
  • play a skills leadership role in their relevant industries.

A key priority of vocational reform is to better recognise the needs of Māori communities and acknowledge that Māori are significant employers with their own social and economic goals. 

The changes will prioritise learners who weren’t well served by the previous system, including Māori. 

A group has been set up to make sure the changes reflect the Government’s commitment to the partnership between Māori and the Crown – Te Taumata Aronui. This will give Māori community and employer views on tertiary education, including vocational education and training.

Please email with any RoVE-related questions.

You will find more detailed information about RoVE and WDCs on the Tertiary Education Commission’s (TEC’s) website.