Reform of Vocational

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is creating a strong, unified, sustainable vocational education system that is fit for the future of work and delivers the skills that learners, employers and communities need to thrive.

Learn more about RoVE


If I have done an apprenticeship or other work based learning is my Competenz qualification still valid after August 2021?
Yes, there will be no changes to your qualification or your current learning.
Will employers and learners still have the same training advisor after August 2021?
Yes, you can 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.
Why have some functions moved from work based learning organisations to WDCs?
This change means industry will have 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.
How do changes consider Māori aspirations?

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 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.

I have a question, how do I get in touch?

Please email with any RoVE-related questions.

Where do I go to find out more about RoVE and WDCs?

You will find more detailed information about RoVE and WDCs on the

Tertiary Education Commission’s (TEC’s) website.

Where do I find out more about Te Pūkenga?