5 September 2022
On 1 September, and as a further key milestone in the implementation of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), Careerforce transitioned as a business division into Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. It joined five other divisions already transitioned into Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning including Competenz, Connexis, BCITO, MITO, and ServiceIQ. When the remaining transitions are completed later this year, work-based learners will account for over half of Te Pūkenga’s total learner base, a proportion that is expected to grow.
This key milestone was celebrated today with a powhiri ceremony at Pipitea Marae in Wellington, attended by over 130 Careerforce and Te Pūkenga staff.
Careerforce supports on-job training across the health and wellbeing sector. Its 160 staff work with over 2,000 employers nationally and annually support nearly 20,000 workplace learners across Aotearoa.
Careerforce Director Rod Bentham says “it was great to be able to celebrate the transition today with our new Te Pūkenga whānau. Three and a half years have elapsed since RoVE was first announced, and today represents a key milestone for our organisation. We are excited about the future opportunities afforded to our employers and learners as part of a national integrated network of on-job, on-campus and online learning. I am excited in equal part for our Careerforce staff, as their combined skills and experience will be critical to the success of Te Pūkenga, and realising the ambitions of RoVE to ramp up the levels of work-based learning”
“We’re excited to welcome Careerforce into our work-based learning whānau”, says Toby Beaglehole, Chief Executive of Te Pūkenga Work-Based Learning. “As with those that have come before Careerforce, we’ve taken a ‘lift and shift’ approach, so their ākonga (learners) and kaimahi (people) will see very little change in these early days. Our main priority right now is ensuring Careerforce is appropriately welcomed and excited about the future ahead as we seek to improve outcomes for learners, employers and industries.”
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Careerforce is a business division of Te Pūkenga Work Based Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. Careerforce supports employers across New Zealand’s health and wellbeing sectors to run workplace training programmes, allowing staff to achieve nationally recognised qualifications on the job. For more information please see: www.careerforce.org.nz