Primary Sector CoVE

Primary Sector CoVE

Last updated 3 September 2020
Last updated 3 September 2020

In September, the Minister announced the Food and Fibre CoVE as the successful group confirmed to create the Primary Sector CoVE.

Food and Fibre CoVE

The Food and Fibre Consortium is a collaboration of around 54 organisations across the entire food and fibre sector including industry associations, tertiary providers, Māori, employers, and employees.

Establishing the Food and Fibre CoVE, with its food and fibre sector led approach, is a key result for the 115 member Food and Fibre Skills Establishment Group as it delivers on the Food and Fibre Skills Action Plan, and a decisive step forward in the partnership between the food and fibre sectors and government.

This CoVE will be hosted by the NZIST through its subsidiary, the Eastern Institute of Technology in the Hawkes Bay. The CoVE’s intention is to build excellence in vocational education through focusing on the success of learners, industry and education – “learner focused, industry led, government enabled”.

The key focus areas of focus are:

  1. Attracting and retaining learners and staff - from school to vocational education, to higher learning, and to and in the workforce.
  2. Defining vocational excellence - explore and identify excellence in food and fibre vocational education, locally and internationally, focussed on learner and employer success and satisfaction.
  3. Specialised projects – test and embed new ideas, innovations and specialised opportunities from across the regions and sectors.   

How was the successful candidate chosen for each CoVE?

The selection process was a two-stage contestable process that included:

  • A Registration of Interest (RoI) process open to any applicants
  • A Request for Proposal (RfP) process restricted to shortlisted applicants.

Successful RoI applicants were invited to submit a Request for Proposal to provide further details around their proposal.

An independent panel of industry experts evaluated submissions at each stage, and put forward a recommendation to the TEC Board.

The process was overseen by an independent probity auditor from Audit New Zealand.

What we were looking for:

An expert evaluation panel made up of independent members from the sector considered all applications based on their merit. Separate expert evaluation panels were established for each Centre of Vocational Excellence.

The expert evaluation panel assessed how well a consortium’s application:

  • Demonstrated how the growth, development and sharing of best practice provision will be achieved, and includes input from relevant industry experts and leaders
  • Identified challenges or opportunities for the industry within the area of vocational education
  • Demonstrated how these challenges or opportunities are of strategic importance to New Zealand
  • Showed how the applicant will use collaborative partnership-based approaches to solve the challenges or take hold of the opportunities
  • Demonstrated a commitment to share the work of the CoVE for the benefit of other parties in the vocational education sector
  • Detailed solutions that are practical and time-bound with clear measures of success
  • Showed evidence of sourcing additional financial support from consortium members (from industry and/or providers)
  • Demonstrated the ability of the consortium to undertake the required functions.