Introducing Vanessa Delegat, General Manager of Equity and Partnerships

Vanessa Delegat joins Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council as the General Manager of Equity and Partnerships.

vanessa 02

"Through engaging and by continuously listening and learning to industry we will reflect their needs in the qualifications and standards available within vocational education"

 

Meet Vanessa Delegat at Waihanga Ara Rau. Her role as General Manager of Equity and Partnerships sees her leading a team of 11 colleagues to manage engagement and stakeholder relationships for the WDC.

A first-generation New Zealander, with British heritage, Vanessa now proudly calls the Wairarapa home with her two children.  

Vanessa joins Waihanga Ara Rau after a 25-year career in tertiary education. Working for one of the first ITO’s set up (DCCITO) Design and Construction, she’s seen the entire evolution of the ITO’s. Vanessa recalls DCCITO starting with only three staff, who were responsible for completing all of the on-job qualification assessments for Construction, Architecture, Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Engineering. 

Her experience over the years has been expansive across the tertiary education sector including working on qualification development, assessment, moderation, educational compliance and provider accreditation and funding. More recently her focus has been on learning and development; and risks and assurance. 

Vanessa’s work for three ITO’s that are now covered by Waihanga Ara Rau puts her in a prime position to utilise and build on her existing relationships with professional associations and great people from across the building and construction sectors.

Reflecting on what success for Waihanga Ara Rau looks like, Vanessa believes the WDC will act as a system influencer to create more qualifications that are fit for purpose for industry. In addition, providers will have a high standard of compliance relating to training delivery.

Vanessa states, “Through engaging and by continuously listening and learning to industry we will reflect their needs in the qualifications and standards available within vocational education. This in turn will train more people with the relevant skills that our future workforces need. I don't take this responsibility lightly; I know how important our work is and what a difference it will make to New Zealand.” 

Outside of work Vanessa combines her passions of rescuing pets and slowly renovating her house. Recently she has undertaken a full renovation of the interior and exterior of her house, which has proven to be a labour of love.