Competenz transitions to Te Pūkenga

 September 2021   
Competenz transitions to Te Pūkenga

Industry training body, Competenz’s training functions have transferred to Te Pūkenga Work-Based Learning Limited (WBL), a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga. This makes Competenz a separately branded business division within WBL, led by Director Amanda Wheeler. 

Acting Chief Executive of WBL, Fiona Kingsford, welcomed Competenz: “We’re really grateful to Competenz for their enthusiasm to work together on this once-in-a-generation opportunity. Their skills, knowledge and expertise will be incredibly valuable as we build a vocational and applied learning system that is simple to navigate, responds to the needs of learners and employers and is flexible enough to change as the future develops. 

“I also acknowledge all of our Competenz people making this transition. This move would not be possible without them and the mahi they do every day to ensure apprentices and trainees, and the employers who support them, continue to have access to resources, support and training,” she says. 

Competenz Director, Amanda Wheeler, says the 225 staff are excited for what comes next, while remaining steadfast in their commitment to provide high levels of support to the 38 industries they serve.

“This is an exciting evolution for Competenz, and we are proud to be the first TITO to join Te Pūkenga on this journey to reshape and grow vocational education in Aotearoa. We know this coming together of work-based, online and classroom learning will deliver the best possible outcomes for our employers and learners, who will always be at the heart of everything we do.”

Once fully established, Te Pūkenga will be New Zealand’s largest tertiary provider and the 35th largest globally. 

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