Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Last updated 7 October 2019
Last updated 7 October 2019

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) will play a significant role in driving innovation and excellence in vocational education, by strengthening links with industry and communities.

The first two CoVEs will be a Construction CoVE and a Primary Sector CoVE. Funding is available through an upcoming application and selection process.

What is a CoVE?

A CoVE is a consortium of experts from across a sector who join together to grow excellent vocational education provision and share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the vocational education system. This will include the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (the Institute), other providers, the new Workforce Development Councils, industry experts and researchers.

Each CoVE will be hosted by a regional campus of the Institute or by a wānanga.

The specific scope and other functions of each CoVE will be determined through a consultation and co-design process which will then inform the selection process. Each CoVE is intended to have a limited lifespan, responding to a specific challenge or opportunity.

Industry needs will inform the function and form of each CoVE 

We will be meeting with stakeholders to understand what areas each CoVE should cover and what function each could perform. We want to hear how CoVEs can be used to drive innovation and excellence in vocational education and improve links to industry and communities. There may be specific issues or opportunities that a CoVE could address.

Ideally the Construction and Primary Sector CoVEs should respond to issues or opportunities that have wide application rather than a limited occupational scope; however, this will be determined through the consultation process.

How you can help shape the CoVEs to meet your sector needs

We’d like to hear from interested parties that have an idea for a CoVE, or have identified an issue or opportunity a CoVE might address. We also want to hear your thoughts 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)

Please contact us with your feedback on these matters at CoVEs@tec.govt.nz. Please indicate which CoVE your suggestions relate to: Primary Sector, Construction or a potential future CoVE. Please include your name, your organisation and contact details in case we need to get hold of you to seek clarification or further comment.

How to be part of a CoVE

We also want to work with groups that are considering forming a consortium to apply to establish the Primary Sector or Construction CoVE. We will be holding co-design workshops with Primary Sector and Construction stakeholders. If you would like to be involved in a co-design workshop and haven’t heard from us, please let us know by emailing CoVEs@tec.govt.nz.

We will progressively publish findings from our consultation and co-design workshops on this website and explain how these will be used to shape our selection processes.

TEC’s role is to facilitate co-design discussions for the CoVEs, and enable the forming up of consortium groups that will apply for CoVE funding. We will run a two-stage process (expressions of interest and a request for proposals) to select which consortium groups we will fund. Once selected, the consortium will establish the CoVE and operate it, reporting to TEC periodically on milestones set out in the funding agreement.

Indicative timeline

We will update this timeline with more detailed information as we move through the design phase.

Activity Indicative date
Consultation and co-design October and November
Expression of interest process opens December
Expressions of interest due February
Selected applicants invited to submit detailed proposals February
Detailed proposals due March
Enter into funding contract with successful consortium May
Consortia start establishing CoVEs May