VOCATIONAL EDUCATION REFORM PROCESS IS UNDERWAY

By NZHJ November 07, 2019 Industry news

The process towards establishing the new Construction Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) is now in train.

At the heart of the Government's reform of vocational education (RoVE) are Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE).

A CoVE is a consortium comprising education and industry experts and researchers, and will "drive innovation and excellence in vocational teaching and learning within the primary sector and construction sector".

CoVEs will be hosted by a regional campus of the New Zealand Institute of Skills & Technology or by a wānanga.

As announced in late August, the first two CoVEs will be a Construction CoVE and a Primary Sector CoVE and, in parallel with some co-design workshops, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is currently seeking input from interested parties on:

  • The functions each CoVE should undertake
  • The scope of coverage for each CoVE
  • Who should be involved
  • How long the CoVE should run for
  • Location
  • What makes a successful CoVE (and how to measure this)

Contact the TEC via email (CoVEs@tec.govt.nz) to have your say.

TEC’s role in all this is to facilitate co-design discussions for the CoVEs and enable the forming of consortium groups that will apply for CoVE funding.

A two-stage process - expressions of interest (due Feb 2020) and a Request for Proposals (due March 2020) - will be used to select which consortium groups will be funded to establish and operate the CoVE.

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