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Source: Tertiary Education Commission

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What is a CoVE?
A Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) is a group from across a sector that works together to:
grow excellent vocational provision, and
share high-quality curriculum and programme design across the vocational education system.
Each CoVE will include the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (the Institute), other providers, the new Workforce Development Councils (WDCs), industry experts and researchers.
Each CoVE will be hosted by a regional campus of the Institute, or by a wānanga. Each CoVE will be intended to have a finite lifespan based on a specific challenge or opportunity.
How many CoVEs will there be? What will they cover?
Cabinet has approved funding for two initial pilot CoVEs. These will be a Primary Sector CoVE and a Construction CoVE. A Health CoVE is also being considered.
There will eventually be a network of CoVEs across New Zealand. The total number of CoVEs is yet to be determined and could be subject to change over time.
The scope of coverage of future CoVEs could be defined by industry, occupation, or by type of delivery, for example: kaupapa Māori, online learning, or foundation education.
The specific scope of coverage for, and functions of, each CoVE will be tailored to ensure that the CoVE is a genuine centre of excellence. The parameters will be developed by TEC in consultation with significant stakeholder groups. The specific details of each CoVE should be generated by applicants, rather than tightly specified by government.
What are the functions of the Primary Sector CoVE and the Construction CoVE?
The scope and other functions of the Primary Sector and Construction CoVEs have not been set by the government. We will develop the parameters for each CoVE through consultation and co-design with significant stakeholders, and based on feedback from interested parties. The specific details of what each CoVE will do, its outcomes, the function it will perform, where it will be hosted, and who else will be involved, will be generated by applicants as part of the registration of interest process.
How will you select who will run each CoVE?
TEC will run a selection process to select the consortium groups that will run each CoVE. The selection process will consist of a registration of interest round, followed by a request for proposal round.
The indicative timeframes for these processes in relation to the Primary Sector CoVE and Construction CoVE are set out on our website.
Each CoVE will be a consortium made up of interested parties relevant to the subject area of the CoVE. The contractual lead for the CoVE will be the Institute (or its subsidiary), or a wānanga.
[Please note – this section was updated on 25 October 2019]
Who will CoVEs report to?
The management and governance arrangements for each CoVE will be a matter for consortium groups to determine as part of the design and application process.
CoVEs will be required to report to TEC periodically about the KPIs and milestones set out in their funding agreement with TEC.
What funding is available for CoVEs?
There is $5m of funding available per year, for up to five years, for the first two pilot CoVEs. It is expected that CoVE consortium members will also contribute or source additional financial support to the CoVE.
Funding will be appropriated for subsequent CoVEs in due course.
How can I give feedback on what the CoVEs should do?
You can email your feedback to  
We will run face to face workshops, depending on interest in this. If you wish to take part in a workshop, please let us know by emailing
We’ll also be meeting with groups as part of the wider RoVE consultation.
How can I apply to set up a CoVE?
We will commence a formal selection process for the Primary Sector and Construction CoVEs in late 2019.
Information about the application process will be published on our website in November.
What are the selection criteria?
The detailed formal selection criteria are yet to be developed, however, they are likely to include an assessment of how well a consortium’s application:
provides a level of additionality beyond what is already expected from the system
demonstrates how the growth, development, and sharing of best practice provision will be achieved, and includes input from relevant industry experts and leaders
identifies challenges to, or opportunities for, the industry within the area of vocational education
demonstrates how these challenges or opportunities are of strategic importance to New Zealand
shows how the applicant will use collaborative partnership-based approaches to solve the challenges or leverage the opportunities
details solutions that are practical and time-bound with clear measures of success
shows evidence of sourcing additional financial support from consortium members (from industry and/or providers), and
demonstrates the ability of the consortium to undertake the required functions of the CoVE.