Te Pūkenga and learners work together to design the future


Te Pūkenga ākonga (learners) and kaimahi (staff) work together to develop a system that meets the needs of its ākonga, especially Maori, Pacific and disabled ākonga who are often underserved.

Deputy Chief Executive of Learner Journey and Experience, Tania Winslade, says, “From January 1, 2023, Te Pūkenga will be the largest higher education network in Aotearoa. system approach.

“In 2020, Te Pūkenga conducted ‘Te Rito’ research that provided insight into what ākonga needs to fulfill its potential. We then focused on piloting network-wide initiatives that support holistic ākonga wellness, such as whakawhanaungatanga for pre-start, tuakana-teina mentorships and expanding access to free mental health services for all learners.”

The Learner Journey and Experience team is now in the co-design stage, working in the workshop on ideas to improve systems, processes and outcomes, particularly for ākonga Māori and other poorly learning groups. served.

In May, Te Pūkenga is in the network working with ākonga and kaimahi across the country to find out their insights into educational success in their region. The engagement process involves ākonga in co-designing a strategy for learner success and equity (with Whānau). This important work defines what Te Pūkenga will bring over the next 10 years to ensure that learners, apprentices and interns have what they need to thrive and succeed when undertaking vocational or applied training. .

Established in 2020, Te Pūkenga is one of the key changes in vocational education reform. The Te Pūkenga Charter, incorporated into the Education and Training Act 2020, provides clear direction on how the organization should create a transformational, learner-centred vocational education system.

Debbie Preston, Kaikōkiri’s Learner Innovation Manager, says: “The strategy co-design process builds on our research into barriers and enablers for learners – particularly those who were previously traditionally challenged. Te Rito research has become an essential resource for keeping ākonga at the center of Te Pūkenga projects.

All parts of Te Pūkenga are involved, with the Interim Learner Advisory Committee reviewing options for the future state of learner voice and representation and learner success priorities for 2023.

Jordan Gush – BCITO Apprentice, Interim Learner Advisory Committee and Council Member Te Pūkenga was part of this korero on May 16th. Jordan said, “It’s great to be part of designing a more connected and better experience, not just for ourselves, but for everyone who comes after us. Everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their Goals.”

Committee co-chairman Dahrian Watene said, “To provide a brighter future for our whānau, and knowing that the mahi we make now will reach future generations keeps us committed to these changes.”

This first round of wānanga will be followed by further engagements across the motu later in the year as Te Pūkenga continues to expand and build on ideas and innovation.

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