Report 2019

Stepping forward

About Competenz

Competenz is a multi-sector industry training organisation (ITO). Our industries include engineering, manufacturing, forestry, food and beverage, printing, transport and textiles.

Our purpose is to help Kiwi industry grow skills, careers and businesses. We do this by delivering effective on-the-job training and apprenticeships, and designing workforce development solutions.

Guided by our industries, we are responsible for setting the standards for qualifications in 37 sectors and we support learners, employers and industry to achieve their goals. We’re proud to support more than 20,000 learners and 3,500 businesses nationwide.

Chairman's report

Competenz continued to provide high-quality training outcomes during 2019, despite the potential for disruption from Minister Hipkins’ announcement of the Reform of Vocational Education, which will see the organisation disestablished by the end of 2022, along with all 11 industry training organisations (ITOs). Reflecting the views of over 80 per cent of our employers, we lobbied hard for amendments to the original proposal and, in particular, the retention of the arranging training functions. This advice was not accepted, therefore, we have had to adapt to working within the Government’s evolving new framework.

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CEO's report

I would like to acknowledge the uncertainty currently faced by everyone in our global community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of writing, this event continues to eclipse any challenges our people and our industries have experienced. My thoughts go out to all those who have been so severely affected by personal and professional loss during this time.

2019 began with the news of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) proposal that recommended the disestablishment of all 11 industry training organisations (ITOs), including Competenz. In August 2019, it was announced the proposal was going ahead, largely unchanged.

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Our performance 

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Qualification completions






We take a closer look at some of the major achievements and challenges of 2019, including the Government’s Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which will see the disestablishment of all industry training organisations by the end of 2022.


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Strategic engagement

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New products and industries

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GATGIM campaign

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Recruitment service

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Komiti project

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WIDE Trust

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Virtual reality

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Competenz is constantly reviewing the latest information to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and automation, address skills’ shortages in industry, and to best meet the needs of our learners, businesses and industries.


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in trades

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Businesses we work with

Fonterra Brands Jenkins Freshpac Facteon









Abhishek Sarda, Fonterra Brands GM Performance Excellence and
Debs Wand, Competenz Business Partner