Speaker Submissions



“He Waka Kotahi | Moving Forward Together.”

2021 ITENZ Conference 

September 7 – 8, 2021 | Victory Convention Centre 

March 2021 marks one year since New Zealand first went into lockdown due to COVID-19. By the time of the conference, it will be almost two years since it began disrupting our sector in a myriad of ways. Further disruption is likely in the form of a restructured VET sector, legislative changes, and  the continued formation of Te Pūkenga and the Workforce Development Councils (WDCs).

Togetherness is a strength that New Zealanders have effectively deployed during the COVID-19 period and something that the PTE sector can continue to do to support each other. This conference provides an opportunity to consider what our future as a PTE sector might look like in a restructured tertiary world and how we can work with each other and with our various stakeholders to build a stronger education sector for all. It also provides an opportunity to reflect on and share the lessons learned from the ways in which we have responded to COVID-19 in our delivery, in our institutions, and across our sector.

We are calling for presentations/workshops that address the theme of He Waka Kotahi | Moving Forward Together. Topics might include:

Moving forward:

  • With Government– Government tertiary education plans and how the private sector and Government can work together.
  • In partnershipThe place of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the new Education and Training Act 2020 and the implications for WDC (Workforce Development Council) development and for tertiary education providers.
  • With Māori and Pasifika – Improving engagement with iwi and with Māori and Pasifika ākonga | learners at a strategic and operational/teaching level.
  • Through PTE-industry collaboration – Collaborating with industry in a post-ROVE environment.
  • Through PTE-PTE collaboration – Collaborating at a leadership, operational and teaching level to improve performance.
  • With supported learners – Supporting learners under the new Domestic Code of Practice, especially in areas of mental health.
  • With diverse learner groups – Meeting the needs of diverse learner groups in and out of the classroom. 
  • Using online/digital learning – Applying learnings from disrupted delivery and harnessing the opportunities for online/digital learning in the future.
  • Through digital business transformation – Applying learnings from disrupted business activity and harnessing the opportunities for digital transformation.
  • In international education – Responding to the restrictions on international education and moving forward as borders re-open.

Call for speakers

Participants are invited to submit a proposal to present at the conference that aligns with any of the conference topics listed above.  

Speakers will be allocated 25 minutes(presentations) or 50 minutes(workshops) and may be required to deliver their presentation twice, each time to a different group.

Decision on papers

Speaking proposals will be presented to a judging panel who will decide on the selected submissions. 

Authors of the selected speaking proposals will be informed directly after the judging panel’s decisions. 

Presentations will be made available on the ITENZ website following the Conference.

Speaking proposal deadline

Please submit your speaking proposal by 5pm, Friday 18th  June, 2021 via the link below.



Information about ITENZ members

ITENZ members are registered Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and deliver recognised courses across New Zealand. 

They deliver:

  • courses
  • training schemes
  • programmes – leading to New Zealand qualifications from Levels 1 to 9.

The areas they deliver in are vast and include Adult Education, Diving, Retail, Engineering, Tourism, Vet nursing, Agriculture, Farming, Building, ESOL, Business, Christian Ministry, Transport, Early childhood, Aviation, Nanny education, Music, IT, Computing, Security, Hospitality, Cookery, Sport, Recreation, Mental Health, Hairdressing, Beauty, Make-up, Foundation, Employment skills, Homeopathy, Automotive, Boating, Dance, Art and craft, First aid, Chiropractic, Chinese medicine, Radio, Financial services, Film making, Fashion, Welding, Yoga, Nutrition and much more.

Our member PTEs also deliver to both domestic and international students.  Some offer programmes to international students off shore. Many receive funding for domestic students either from TEC or MSD or both. Others have commercial operations delivering training to businesses.