Construction and infrastructure sector set to benefit from agreement between Waihanga Ara Rau and Te Pūkenga

Press release issued 7/12/22 by Waihanga Ara Rau and Te Pūkenga.

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Chief Executive, Waihanga Ara Rau, Philip Aldridge, and Acting Chief Executive, Te Pūkenga Peter Winder, recently co-signed the Terms of Reference for a shared industry engagement framework. 

This framework sets out to provide the Construction and Infrastructure sector with a strong voice across all levels of the vocational education sector. 

This agreement recognises the role of each entity and clarifies how they will work together. It outlines the approach, relationships, and levels of engagement with industry groups and employers that will put them at the heart of shaping education and training for their sector.

As the voice of construction and infrastructure in vocational education, Waihanga Ara Rau uses feedback from industry to ensure that the education sector is delivering the skills industry needs. This framework takes this principle a step further by giving industry and employers confidence that Te Pūkenga and Waihanga Ara Rau are working together to make it easy for them to communicate what they need and to reflect the industry view in the way training is delivered.

“Delivering for industry means making sure their voice is at the centre of everything we do. Creating a vocational education sector that delivers the workforce the Construction and Infrastructure sector needs will take a team effort. Joined-up engagement will support us to ensure that industry has people with the right skills and that people from all walks of life enjoy rewarding careers in our sector,” Philip Aldridge, Chief Executive, Waihanga Ara Rau said.

Peter Winder, Acting Chief Executive, Te Pūkenga exclaimed, “The agreement is a great outcome and demonstrates how the entities established under the Reforms of Vocational Education (RoVE) are working together at a systems level,” says Mr Winder.

“The partnership with Waihanga Ara Rau respects the roles each entity has and provides industry with a framework for a strong voice. We need to make it easy for industry and employers to tell us what they need – and for Te Pūkenga and WDCs to reflect what’s heard in the ways we train and the skills we assess.

“Our challenge – and our opportunity – is to work together with industry, employers and the wider system to fundamentally broaden our thinking to meet learner and employer needs.”


Media contact: Kelly Moran, Waihanga Ara Rau – 029 770 5277

Notes for media

Waihanga Ara Rau, established in 2021 under RoVE, represents many industries, including concrete, construction, electricity, gas, infrastructure, plumbing, roading, telecommunication, and water. It develops qualifications, ensures quality provision and provides future skills requirements in collaboration with industry.  

Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, was established in 2020 as one of seven key changes of the Reform of Vocational Education. Te Pūkenga is bringing together a national network of integrated learning that supports learners, employers and communities to gain the skills, knowledge, and capabilities Aotearoa needs now and for the future.