Primary Sector CoVE - Registration of Interest process is now open

In 2018 the Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, announced a review of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) System. This was followed by a proposal for system reform in February 2019, and consultation on the proposed changes as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) programme. One of the fundamental changes in the new VET system is the introduction of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs).

The first two pilot CoVEs will be a Primary Sector CoVE and a Construction CoVE. It is intended that each of these CoVEs will be made up of a consortium of interested parties, funded under a funding agreement with government for a specific period (up to five years). It is intended that CoVEs are an enduring part of the vocational education system.

During November 2019, we held six CoVE workshops and two CoVE webinars. The feedback from these sessions has been summarised and is published on TEC’s website at What we learned at the workshops and webinars has informed the CoVE funding application process.

Registrations of Interest are now open for the Primary Sector CoVE.

The following information is available on TEC’s website at:

Please note: You may find that the guidance and form above cannot be downloaded to your smartphone through Internet Explorer. This is an issue we are currently working on. If this is the case, please download these documents using a PC, laptop, tablet (or similar) through Chrome.

For the Construction CoVE, Registrations of Interest are expected to open on Tuesday, 21 January 2020:

  • Timeline for the Construction CoVE selection process
  • Further details will be provided on or before 21 January 2020.

If you have questions relating to the RoI or the CoVE evaluation and selection process, please email your questions to All questions and answers will be published on TEC’s website to ensure that applicants have access to answers at the same time. This can be accessed via the Primary Sector Q&A page.

We appreciate all feedback and contributions. If you have any questions or additional thoughts, please email us at

Ngā mihi nui,

Deirdre Marshall

CoVEs Project Workstream Lead

Education and Training