Competenz first TITO to transition to Te Pukenga

Te Pukenga Work Based Learning Ltd acting chief executive Fiona Kingsford.

Competenz has been the first Transitional Industry Training Organisation (TITO) to transition to Te Pukenga after a powhiri held in Hamilton recently.

Competenz’s trade-based training functions have been transferred to Te Pukenga Work Based Learning Ltd (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pukenga, and Competenz is now a separately branded business division within WBL, led by director Amanda Wheeler.

Once fully established, Te Pukenga will be New Zealand’s largest tertiary provider, and the 35th largest globally.

In April 2021, Te Pukenga Work Based Learning Ltd was established in preparation for the arranging of training functions of TITOs to transfer to Te Pukenga.

From January 1, 2023 all learners will be enrolled at Te Pukenga, and 60% of learners will be work-based.

WBL acting chief executive Fiona Kingsford welcomed Competenz at the ceremony.

“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,” Kingsford says.

“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.

Exciting evolution

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 Pukenga on this journey to reshape and grow vocational education in Aotearoa,” Wheeler says.

“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.”

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