Te Pūkenga welcomes the first Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) Competenz to transition into the whānau today with a powhiri in Hamilton.
Competenz’s arranging training functions have today transferred to Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. Competenz is now a separately branded business division within WBL, led by Director Amanda Wheeler.
Acting Chief Executive of WBL Fiona Kingsford welcomed Competenz and acknowledged the importance of today.
“We’re really grateful to Competenz for their enthusiasm to work together on this once-in-a-generation opportunity. Their skills, knowledge and expertise will be incredibly valuable as we build a vocational and applied learning system that is simple to navigate, responds to the needs of learners and employers and is flexible enough to change as the future develops.
“I also acknowledge all of our Competenz people making this transition. This move would not be possible without them and the mahi they do every day to ensure apprentices and trainees, and the employers who support them, continue to have access to resources, support and training,” she says.
Competenz Director Amanda Wheeler says the 225 staff are excited for what comes next, while remaining steadfast in their commitment to provide high levels of support to the 38 industries they serve.
“This is an exciting evolution for Competenz, and we are proud to be the first TITO to join Te Pūkenga on this journey to reshape and grow vocational education in Aotearoa. We know this coming together of work-based, online and classroom learning will deliver the best possible outcomes for our employers and learners, who will always be at the heart of everything we do.”
Once fully established, Te Pūkenga will be New Zealand’s largest tertiary provider and the 35th largest globally. In April 2021, Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited was established in preparation for the arranging training functions of TITOs to transfer to Te Pūkenga. From 1 January 2023 all learners will be enrolled at Te Pūkenga and 60 percent of learners will be work-based.
A new joint project set up by Te Pūkenga is tasked with ensuring that ākonga/learners are at the centre of the system.
On International Women’s Day Competenz is calling for more women to enter the trades and redress the gender imbalance and pay inequity.
Opal is a manufacturer of corrugated fibre packaging for a wide range of customers in the food, wine, industrial and beverage industries. Bruce Coombe is Opal’s Technical Supervisor and has been with the company for the past 32 years, and a workplace apprentices assessor for Competenz for 20 years.