Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)

Last updated 11 March 2022
Last updated 11 March 2022

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: a construction CoVE and a primary Sector CoVE.

What is a Centre of Vocational Excellence?

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.

CoVEs are based at either Te Pūkenga, or wānanga, and involve industry, providers and other relevant groups working together to share best practice and knowledge.

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.  

TEC will make sure that each CoVE is a genuine centre of excellence, bringing together the right people to identify opportunities, solve problems, and drive innovation.


  • 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, for example 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.

CoVEs won’t:

Assess workforce needs


WDCs do this

Develop qualifications

Design or endorse programmes

Set and moderate assessments

Facilitate workplace training


Te Pūkenga or PTEs do this

Deliver directly to learners

Minister Announcements

1 January 2020 - Funding determination for CoVEs (PDF, 408 Kb)

23 October 2019 - Tertiary Education Report: Update on pilot CoVEs and confirmation of funding mechanism (PDF, 535 Kb)

19 August 2019 - Media release on Construction CoVE

15 August 2019 - Media release on Primary Sector CoVE