Te Pūkenga – the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology plans to increase its technology investments to accommodate the newly formed organization.
Inaugural Chief Executive Stephen Town told the House Education and Workforce Committee earlier this month that Hamilton-based Te Pūkenga had only spent or committed $4 million. dollars out of the $20 million in funding already earmarked for IT redevelopment.
Town told the committee that Te Pūkenga had been clear in its business case that the funding provided would help meet IT demand to help the organization build a new digital platform.
“We have 24 entities, all with separate unrelated and unintegrated systems and processes in our Te Pūkenga family,” Town said. “It’s going to take several years and a lot more money than the $20 million to plan and deliver.”
Te Pūkenga is New Zealand’s main vocational education provider created after the government announced that the country’s sixteen institutes of technology and polytechnics would merge to form the new organisation.
The merger, which also included various apprenticeship and industry training programs, was effective April 1, 2020.
Town said Te Pūkenga did not believe that an ICT-driven transformation was the right thing to do for vocational education reform and for Te Pūkenga.
“Our intention is that all existing financial, learning and human resource systems and payroll systems will continue through 2023 in their current form,” Town told the committee. “So we have to make sure that we don’t have any individual system failures in this sequel.”
Te Pūkenga had around 140 different systems in play across its 24 entities, he said.
“The corporate financial system that we run provides us with a group outcome and that needs to happen so that we can get the group audited as well as the individual members of the network,” he said.
In mid-2020, Town wrote that there was a huge agenda for change to tackle alongside broader vocational education reforms.
“The transformation of NZIST is going to be complex and at times confusing and unsettling,” he wrote. “I see my role as minimizing confusion, maximizing clarity and making sure we take everyone with us on the journey. This is going to allow us to keep learners firmly at the heart of everything we plan. and do.”
In December 2021, Te Pūkenga requested registrations of interest from potential providers of a customer data platform to help it aggregate actionable insights about potential learners and employers.
“We want to collect and share national and international leads across our entities, provide predictive insights to better target personalized messaging through paid media, and improve how artificial intelligence provides personalized access to all available opportunities for learners. potential through our national supply network”, the return on investment explained.
A month earlier, AWS launched the AWS re/Start digital skills program in New Zealand in collaboration with Te Pūkenga.
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