Industry coverage

Hōkaitanga ahumahi

Last updated 11 November 2021
Last updated 11 November 2021

The industry coverage for industry training organisations (ITOs)  is set out in the gazetted coverage statement, which recognises the ITO under section 5 of the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992.

Effectively this is a ‘licence to trade’ within this industry coverage – to set skill standards and to arrange the delivery of industry training leading to the achievement of those standards.

Generally, recognition expires after a maximum period of five years, and ITOs must re-apply to maintain industry coverage. However, ITOs can apply for recognition of a specific industry at any time.

Applications are assessed against the criteria set out in sections 6 and 7 of the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992. Where there is sufficient information, we then make a recommendation to the Minister responsible for tertiary education.

Approval of an application for recognition does not necessarily mean that we will fund the ITO to arrange training for that industry. Decisions about the level of funding for an ITO are made as part of the Investment Plan process.

Employers who wish to change ITOs

An employer can apply to have its training arranged by another ITO under section 10A of the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Act 1992, where:

  • the existing ITO does not have the capacity to provide a satisfactory service to the employer, or
  • the employer faces significant costs because its training needs are covered by more than one ITO.

The operational policy sets out our principles and procedures for approving applications from employers to have their training managed by an ITO that does not have coverage for the industry.

Employer Choice operational policy (PDF, 978 Kb)

Employer Choice application form (Word, 537Kb)

Reform of Vocational Education

Under the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE), the ITOs have now become Transitional Industry Training Organisations (TITOs) and are required to transition their arranging training functions to other providers before 31 December 2022, pending disestablishment.

The TITOs’ role in setting standards for vocational qualifications for their particular industries that can be registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) transferred in October 2021 to the Workforce Development Councils.