Primary Sector RoI Q&As

Primary Sector RoI Q&As

Last updated 15 April 2020
Last updated 15 April 2020

RoI Questions

Below are the questions received during the Registration of Interest process, held from 18 December 2019 to 6 March 2020. You can also check the Construction CoVE RoI page for more Q&As.

Q.  How do we include tables, diagrams, images, footnotes, and all other RoI content into the required fields in “text” format of the RoI form?  

A. Any diagrams, tables, images, footnotes, and all other RoI content can be added as an appendix to the RoI form. However, please note that there is a 20 page limit for the submission.  In the event that your application is evaluated as being suitable to progress to the RfP stage, there will be the opportunity to provide greater detail on relevant matters.


Q. I work within a particular section of the Primary Sector, can the Primary Sector CoVE focus on a single issue or industry?

A. Each CoVE should address issues and opportunities addressed with a significant strategic impact, ideally with wide-reaching benefits across the country’s Primary Sector. The evaluation panel will be taking a wide definition of Primary Sector in the first instance, and the specific scope can be defined by applicants in their application. It is possible that future CoVEs may have a more specific industry focus.


Q. What should I do if there are some details of the RoI application that my consortium is still working through, and are not completely finalised by the RoI submission date on 6 March?

A. All applications must be received on or before 12pm on Friday 6 March, as the expert evaluation panel meets in Wellington in the week of 9 March. Please complete all sections of the application with the fullest information you have, even if there is information still to be confirmed. 

The panel will be looking for evidence that consideration has been given to issues, there have been discussions with consortium partners (including host organisations), and that work is underway to progress the planning for the CoVE, in anticipation of the RfP process.  You should include all relevant information about actions and conversations taken so far, even if the outcome of those conversations is not yet conclusive.  In the event that your application is evaluated as being suitable to progress to the RfP stage, there will be the opportunity to provide greater detail on relevant matters.

To submit the Registration of Interest, ensure you have:

  • Completed the RoI document, and signed the declaration
  • Saved the signed document as a PDF
  • Saved the PDF as: CoVEs 2019 – RoI Form – [Consortium Name]
  • Emailed the PDF to:


Q. Please could you advise what the scope of the Primary CoVE is?

A. The exciting thing about CoVEs is that the specific functions and activity of each CoVE should be generated by applicants, rather than tightly specified by the government. Details of what each CoVE will do, its outcomes, the function it will perform, where it will be hosted, and who else will be involved, can be generated by applicants as part of the Registration of Interest process.

The Minister of Education has set broad criteria for CoVEs to ensure that the issues and opportunities addressed by each CoVE will have a significant strategic impact, ideally with wide-reaching benefits across the country’s Primary Sector.

These broad criteria include:

  • CoVEs must be a consortium with expert representation from industry and a range of other areas, for example iwi and vocational education representatives
  • CoVEs must have a national focus but will be based in a regional location
  • Funding is capped and it is expected that consortium members will bring additional resources to the CoVE

The Minister also directed the intent of the first two CoVEs (Construction and Primary Sector).

TEC will make sure that each CoVE is a genuine centre of excellence and innovation, and has developed the selection process for CoVE through consultation with stakeholders, taking into account feedback from interested parties.  However, applicants have the opportunity to articulate further specific details through the Registration of Interest process.

To find out more background on the CoVEs workshops and webinars held last year, read the summary of findings (PPT, 6.4 Mb)


Q: Section 7b in the RoI form asks for an indication of the budget needed to deliver the CoVE’s activities. How much detail is needed for this section?

A: This question should provide the Expert Evaluation Panel (Panel) with a high level indication of the budget required to deliver the CoVE’s activities, sufficient for the Panel to consider whether:

  • The funding sought is within the maximum available
  • The funding sought is reasonable when considering the intended outcomes and deliverables for the CoVE
  • The CoVE has identified sources of supplementary funding or in-kind support from CoVE members or industry. This provides an indication of the anticipated level of commitment to the work of the CoVE.

Please note that the RoI has been designed to minimise the effort applicants need to invest in developing a proposal before knowing if they will be invited to submit an RfP. A more detailed budget breakdown will be required at the RfP stage if your application is shortlisted.


Q: Where can I find information about CoVEs and how to apply?

A: If you are interested in establishing the Primary Sector CoVE, read this Guidance (PDF, 665 Kb). This will help you put together a Primary Sector CoVE Registration of Interest  form. (Word, 279 Kb)

You can find more information about Centres of Vocational Excellence, including a Frequently Asked Questions section, on the Reform of Vocational Education website.