In September, the Minister announced ConCoVE as the successful group confirmed to create the Construction CoVE. ConCoVE is currently made up of 42 members predominantly from industry and providers. This CoVE will hosted by the NZIST through its subsidiary the Manukau Institute of Technology.
This consortium will drive and oversee a number of projects, focusing on five areas of concern or opportunity in the sector:
- Disruptions – prepare the sector to manage future disruptions (for example, new technologies) through identifying these disruptions and developing training solutions
- Entry – fundamentally reform entry level training by decreasing the time it takes for workers to be engaged in meaningful paid employment.
- Productivity – improve retention and productivity by developing an end to end career support service and linking it with career stage appropriate training, mentoring and networking.
- Diversity – provide tested solutions and opportunities to strengthen and diversify the construction sector workforce, particularly by increasing the number of Māori, Pacific people, and women in hands-on roles
- Sustainability – respond to the increasing demand for environmentally sustainable practices by incorporating sustainability into appropriate training
How was the successful candidate chosen for each CoVE?
The selection process was a two-stage contestable process that included:
- A Registration of Interest (RoI) process open to any applicants
- A Request for Proposal (RfP) process restricted to shortlisted applicants.
Successful RoI applicants were invited to submit a Request for Proposal to provide further details around their proposal.
An independent panel of industry experts evaluated submissions at each stage, and put forward a recommendation to the TEC Board.
The process was overseen by an independent probity auditor from Audit New Zealand.
What we were looking for:
An expert evaluation panel made up of independent members from the sector considered all applications based on their merit. Separate expert evaluation panels were established for each Centre of Vocational Excellence.
The expert evaluation panel assessed how well a consortium’s application:
- Demonstrated how the growth, development and sharing of best practice provision will be achieved, and includes input from relevant industry experts and leaders
- Identified challenges or opportunities for the industry within the area of vocational education
- Demonstrated how these challenges or opportunities are of strategic importance to New Zealand
- Showed how the applicant will use collaborative partnership-based approaches to solve the challenges or take hold of the opportunities
- Demonstrated a commitment to share the work of the CoVE for the benefit of other parties in the vocational education sector
- Detailed solutions that are practical and time-bound with clear measures of success
- Showed evidence of sourcing additional financial support from consortium members (from industry and/or providers)
- Demonstrated the ability of the consortium to undertake the required functions.