Competenz – the industry training organisation for the food and beverage, engineering and manufacturing sectors – and the Retail Meat ITO will be merging on January 1.
The merger is the first for Competenz since the 1990s, which is soon to release an e-learning system.
John Blakey, chief executive of Competenz, said the merger was in line with government views that a reduced number of ITOs will create a more cohesive vocational education system from school to work.
He said it would also result in considerable back office efficiencies.
“Retail Meat is one of the best performing ITOs based on the Tertiary Education Commission’s league tables and its members had a choice of merger partners. We are very pleased Retail Meat ITO and its members recognised the logical fit and mutual benefits of a merger with Competenz,” said Blakey.
“Our priority now is to form close working relationships with employers and apprentices in the retail meat sector and to work with industry associations to identify what industries want and need. This will ensure that, together, we can promote learning in the workplace as a ‘must do’ activity.
“There is strength in numbers when it comes to ensuring industry’s voice is heard in the development of qualifications, the standard of learning and teaching, and the appropriateness of on-the-job or classroom learning. Competenz has been a strong voice for its industries in the past and has used that voice to advocate for the value of skills development in the workplace."
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