Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Last updated 25 January 2023
Last updated 25 January 2023

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) play a significant role in driving innovation and excellence in vocational education. They do this by strengthening links with industry and communities. 

There are currently two CoVEs:

Each CoVE addresses specific issues and opportunities and operates as part of the vocational education system, working closely with Workforce Development Councils, Regional Skills Leadership Groups and Te Pūkenga. The Government has allocated $5 million of funding a year, for up to five years, for the two CoVEs.

CoVEs are intended to be an enduring part of the vocational education system, but their purpose, deliverables and membership may change over time. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) makes sure each CoVE is a genuine centre of excellence, bringing together the right people to identify opportunities, solve problems and drive innovation.

CoVE core functions and characteristics


  • support the growth of excellent vocational education with a focus on teaching, learning and research
  • support the development and sharing of high-quality curriculum and programme design
  • are a consortium with expert representation from industry, the wider sector, and a range of other areas, eg, iwi and vocational education representatives
  • have a national focus
  • are hosted by a regional campus of Te Pūkenga or a wānanga
  • address issues and opportunities with a significant strategic impact, ideally with wide-reaching benefits across the sector
  • solve real problems and grasp viable opportunities.

 CoVEs may also:

  • provide training support for employers to improve their skills-building ability
  • share applied research with providers and industry to improve knowledge exchange
  • improve pathways through vocational education including from school
  • provide learning technologies across the network to minimise cost and duplication
  • provide advice to providers and employers on best-practice pastoral care to support learners
  • devise and implement other innovative solutions and opportunities as determined by the CoVE consortium.