About industry training organisations

The TEC currently funds 11 industry training organisations (ITOs) through the Industry Training Fund to organise training for industry trainees and apprentices.

ITOs themselves are not training providers: their role is to arrange for the delivery of training, assessment of training and/or monitor training, including on-job training. Industry training is designed to be flexible and allow trainees to undertake training while they work. The industry training system is competency-based, and learning often occurs within the workplace.

Many of the industries that ITOs represent have long established trades and apprenticeship models with an associated history and culture of regulated training, while other ITOs represent industries where the culture of training is still developing.

ITOs are expected to receive cash contributions from the industries they represent. The value of this contribution is expected to be at least 20 percent of the total funding an ITO receives (depending on its mix of trainees and apprentices). Businesses may also contribute to the cost of training in other ways.

Government expectations of ITOs

The Government expects ITOs to:

  • enable working New Zealanders to complete nationally recognised qualifications
  • create clear pathways towards advanced trade qualifications at levels four and above
  • build and maintain strong support from the industries they serve.

To give effect to these expectations, ITOs' statutory functions are to:

  • set skill standards for their industry
  • develop arrangements for the delivery of training.

Current ITOs

Starting in 2011 with 40 ITOs, there was a significant period of consolidation in the ITO sector. A number of ITOs merged with each other or exited industry training, resulting in 11 ITOs at the beginning of 2015. The current ITOs are set out below. For a list of all ITOs since 2011 and information about mergers, please refer to the directory of registered ITOs.

Comparison between years

In 2011, TEC introduced a new data collection system and reporting rules for ITOs which have resulted in improved reporting and better quality data. However, the improved quality of data has highlighted some inconsistences when comparing data from 2011 and later with results from earlier years.

When comparing 2010 and earlier with results from 2011 and later, differences may be as a result of improved data quality rather than actual performance.

  • Last changed: 16 June 2015
  • Last verified: 16 June 2015