In late June, the Director of RoVE, David Strong, announced that he was moving on from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to take up a new role as the CE of the New Zealand Film Commission. We have enjoyed working with David during the early stages of RoVE and appreciate his willingness to meet directly with members at our annual conference and RoVE Reference Group meetings. We wish him all the best in his new role and look forward to developing a similarly fruitful working relationship with the new Director of RoVE.

Below is a brief update on RoVE from the TEC’s Communications and Engagement Manager, Bronwyn Bannister.

WDCs and RSLGs in place

Two of the key parts of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) programme are the development of six Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) and 15 Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLGs) that will provide advice about the skills needs of their regions to the TEC, WDCs, and local vocational education providers.

A significant milestone has been reached following the formal establishment of the six new WDCs, as well as the appointment of co-chairs for each of the 15 permanent RSLGs.

How will WDCs and RSLGs work together?

While WDCs and RSLGs will carry out different roles and functions within the reformed vocational education system, their success will be mutually dependent. WDCs will take a national, strategic view of the future skills of their industries and RSLGs will have a regional focus that extends beyond employment and vocational education. Each RSLG will have different levels of engagement with the various WDCs, depending on their regional industries’ presence and priorities.

Read more about the WDCs here and more information on the RSLGs can be found here.

RoVE recruitment

Following the departure of David Strong, recruitment for a new Director of RoVE is currently under way with TEC Deputy CE John Soulis taking up the role in an interim capacity. As TEC Deputy CE Corporate and Finance, John has oversight of a large financial management function, including external auditing of tertiary education organisations, organisational planning and performance, and project management.