Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE)


The Minister for Education, Chris Hipkins, announced the Reform of Vocational Education changes on Thursday 1st August. 

After the formal announcement the Minister answered questions from the live facebook feed which address many immediate concerns of staff of ITPs.​ Watch the Facebook LIVE announcement

He outlined seven key changes to create a unified vocational education system:

  1. Create Workforce Development Councils: Around four to seven industry-governed bodies, to 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. Establish Te Taumata Aronui: A group to help ensure that the Reform of Vocational Education reflects the Government’s commitment to Māori Crown partnerships.
  4. Create a New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology: A unified, sustainable, public network of regionally accessible vocational education, bringing together the existing 16 ITPs.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  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.
After the formal announcement the Minister answered questions from the live facebook feed which address many immediate concerns of staff of ITPs.
You can find further information on the website ( here from the MoE or via the briefing documents :

The team at NorthTec wish to take the time to fully think through the potential implications for staff, for students, for NorthTec and Te Tai Tokerau of the RoVE announcement. A conference call on Friday with the Minister and ITP CEs will provide an opportunity to ask further questions and gain more clarity on what the future holds. An update will be provided on Monday 5th August.
We are keen to hear and understand your views - if you have any questions about the RoVE announcement can you please email them to Cindy Borrie at