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Source: Tertiary Education Commission

Last updated 24 April 2020
Last updated 24 April 2020

We have completed the RoI evaluation process. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants have been notified, and shortlisted applicants have been invited to the next stage to submit their final proposal. As we are running a closed RfP evaluation process, the names of shortlisted applicants will be not released.
What we are looking for:
An expert evaluation panel made up of independent members from the sector will consider all applications based on their merit. Separate expert evaluation panels will be established for each Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE).
The expert evaluation panel will assess how well a consortium’s application:
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 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 take hold of the opportunities
Demonstrates a commitment to share the work of the CoVE for the benefit of other parties in the vocational education sector
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)
Demonstrates the ability of the consortium to undertake the required functions
The Registration of Interest is the first step in a two-stage selection process
The CoVE selection process includes two stages:
A Registration of Interest (RoI) that is open to any applicants
A Request for Proposal (RfP) that will be restricted to only shortlisted applicants
The expert evaluation panel will use the information in the RoI to understand and consider the issues and opportunities that the CoVE intends to address, its deliverables, and the consortium’s membership. The panel will identify applications it wants to progress further.   
We acknowledged during the recent workshops with Primary and Construction sector stakeholders that the time and effort required to co-ordinate a consortium and submit a full proposal is significant. Accordingly, the RoI has been designed to minimise the effort applicants need to invest upfront in completing an application ahead of finding out if they have been selected to provide further detail as part of the RfP stage. 
Primary Sector CoVE Key Dates
Updated on 24 April 2020: Due to the impacts of Covid-19, RfP submissions were granted a three week extension.
Selection Activity
Indicative Completion Date
Co-design and engagement on CoVEs
26 November 2019
Registration of Interest process opens
18 December 2019
Last day for applicants to send RoI questions 
3 March 2020
Registrations of Interest due
6 March 2020
Selected applicants invited to submit detailed proposals
27 March 2020
Last day for applicants to send RfP questions
19 May 2020
Detailed proposals due
22 May 2020
Evaluate proposals
28 May 2020
Select successful proposal
6 July 2020
Negotiate funding agreement with successful consortium
3 August 2020
Check out the Primary Sector RoI Q&As.
If you need assistance please contact
An independent probity auditor has been appointed by MBIE to overview the RoI and RfP process and verify that the procedures set out are complied with.
The probity auditor is not a member of the evaluation team.
A respondent concerned about any procedural issue has the right to contact the probity auditor and request his review.
The name and contact details are as follows:Jonathan RoylanceAssociate Director, Specialist Audit and Assurance ServicesAudit New ZealandLevel 1, 100 Molesworth Street, WellingtonEmail: jonathan.roylance@auditnz.govt.nzPhone: 021 222 8629