ITENZ Conference 2024:

Te Pae Āpōpō - Building Futures – Transformation, Quality, and Sustainability in Vocational and Tertiary Education

This years conference will explore the transformative forces, quality practices and sustainability considerations shaping vocational and tertiary education and the future of our learners.

Victory Convention Centre
Freemans Bay
Auckland

17 -18 September 2024

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Every year the ITENZ conference provides a unique opportunity to market and network with more than 125 private tertiary education providers and professionals to this two-day conference.

Special rate Earlybird delegate tickets are now available to purchase.

We are thrilled to announce a special release, of our 2024 ITENZ Conference Earlybird tickets from the 18th of March to give our supporters the chance to purchase delegate tickets before the end of the 2023/24 financial Year.

ITENZ have worked hard to ensure that the ability to attend and participate in the Conference is not impacted by rising costs and therefore have committed to freeze our delegate rates at the 2023 level for both ITENZ Member($799+GST) and non-member ($1249+GST) organisations.

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Speaker Submission

We are thrilled to announce our Call for Speakers for the 2024 ITENZ Conference: Te Pae Āpōpō -Building Futures- Transformation, Quality and Sustainability in Vocational and Tertiary Education. 

The conference aims to explore the transformative forces, quality practices and sustainability considerations shaping vocational and tertiary education and the future of our learners.

As we navigate continual change in the tertiary and vocational education environment, and in the workplace, we seek speakers who can share their expertise, experiences, and innovative approaches.

We are keen to hear from speakers interested in making presentations or facilitating workshops relating to either domestic or international education.

MAKE A SUBMISSION

Speaking proposals will be presented to a judging panel who will decide on the selected submissions. Authors of the selected submissions will be informed after the judging panel’s decisions. Please note: All successful speaker submissions accepted into the programme will need to pay conference registration fees.

Speaker submissions close 14th June 2024 

Sub-topics could include:

Transformation

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Embracing digital transformation
  • Transformative learning practices
  • Programme design for tomorrow
  • Matauranga Māori
  • Preparing learners for employment
  • Navigating change

Quality

  • Leadership
  • Policy
  • Compliance
  • Teaching, learning and assessment best practice
  • Evaluating performance

Sustainability

  • Environmental sustainability in the organisation
  • Sustainability in the curriculum
  • Preparing learners for a sustainable future
  • Sustainable business practices

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Speakers and Schedule

Katrina Sutich

General Manager Tertiary Policy, Te Pou Kaupaphere - Ministry of Education

Tim Fowler

Chief Executive, Tertiary Education Commission

Hon Penny Simmonds

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister

James Elliott

Master of Ceremonies

Dr. Mahsa McCauley

Founder, She Sharp

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Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Contact: Jill Tanner-Lloyd,

National Communications and Marketing Manager

e: jill.tanner-lloyd@ako.ac.nz

m: 021 423 779

Visit www.ako.co.nz to find out more about what Ako Aotearoa can provide.

Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, holds a vital place in Aotearoa‘s tertiary education sector; committed to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning across tertiary-level adult education.

Our work aims to strengthen how teachers, trainers and their organisations deliver high quality teaching and learning for all learners. We acknowledge the important space that independent and private training education providers hold in Aotearoa, and value the relationship we have maintained with ITENZ for many years.

With a focus on life-long and life-wide learning, our work aligns with the priorities of the Tertiary Education Strategy and we are guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all that we do. A valuable part of our work is partnering and collaborating with tertiary organisations, Government departments, industry and workplaces to prioritise educational and cultural capability building.

We advocate that diverse learners be valued as partners and leaders in their education journey. Our programmes and services are designed to assist tertiary organisations in delivering successful programmes for these learners.

Visit our website to find out more about what we do – www.ako.ac.nz

Silver Sponsor

With the international education market opening to New Zealand education providers and businesses again, there has never been a better time to join the FernMark Licence Programme.

The FernMark provides an instantly recognisable connection to New Zealand, helps differentiate your business from international competitors, and promotes trust, authenticity, and innovation in a crowded global market.

Being a FernMark Licensee enhances consumer confidence in your products and services with a government-level tick of approval, helping promote your offering to the world. The New Zealand FernMark Licence Programme is available to education providers and businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, and who promote their products and services to the world.

The New Zealand Story Group manage the FernMark Licence Programme and are responsible for the protection and enhancement of our national symbol, the New Zealand FernMark.

New Zealand Story’s purpose is to inspire, curate and amplify storytelling to expand New Zealand’s reputation and value internationally. Our goal is to maintain and expand what New Zealand is known for to improve knowledge, consideration, favourability, and preference for New Zealand products and services.

The FernMark team can’t wait to meet you.

Sponsor

With the international education market opening to New Zealand education providers and businesses again, there has never been a better time to join the FernMark Licence Programme.

The FernMark provides an instantly recognisable connection to New Zealand, helps differentiate your business from international competitors, and promotes trust, authenticity, and innovation in a crowded global market.

Being a FernMark Licensee enhances consumer confidence in your products and services with a government-level tick of approval, helping promote your offering to the world. The New Zealand FernMark Licence Programme is available to education providers and businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, and who promote their products and services to the world.

The New Zealand Story Group manage the FernMark Licence Programme and are responsible for the protection and enhancement of our national symbol, the New Zealand FernMark.

New Zealand Story’s purpose is to inspire, curate and amplify storytelling to expand New Zealand’s reputation and value internationally. Our goal is to maintain and expand what New Zealand is known for to improve knowledge, consideration, favourability, and preference for New Zealand products and services.

The FernMark team can’t wait to meet you.

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Exhibitors

Web address

Phone number

Social media

With the international education market opening to New Zealand education providers and businesses again, there has never been a better time to join the FernMark Licence Programme.

The FernMark provides an instantly recognisable connection to New Zealand, helps differentiate your business from international competitors, and promotes trust, authenticity, and innovation in a crowded global market.

Being a FernMark Licensee enhances consumer confidence in your products and services with a government-level tick of approval, helping promote your offering to the world. The New Zealand FernMark Licence Programme is available to education providers and businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, and who promote their products and services to the world.


Web address

Phone number

Social media

With the international education market opening to New Zealand education providers and businesses again, there has never been a better time to join the FernMark Licence Programme.

The FernMark provides an instantly recognisable connection to New Zealand, helps differentiate your business from international competitors, and promotes trust, authenticity, and innovation in a crowded global market.

Being a FernMark Licensee enhances consumer confidence in your products and services with a government-level tick of approval, helping promote your offering to the world. The New Zealand FernMark Licence Programme is available to education providers and businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, and who promote their products and services to the world.


Web address

Phone number

Social media

With the international education market opening to New Zealand education providers and businesses again, there has never been a better time to join the FernMark Licence Programme.

The FernMark provides an instantly recognisable connection to New Zealand, helps differentiate your business from international competitors, and promotes trust, authenticity, and innovation in a crowded global market.

Being a FernMark Licensee enhances consumer confidence in your products and services with a government-level tick of approval, helping promote your offering to the world. The New Zealand FernMark Licence Programme is available to education providers and businesses who meet the eligibility criteria, and who promote their products and services to the world.


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Conference accommodation

Quest on Beaumont

Quest on Beaumont is conveniently located next door to the Victory Convention Centre where the ITENZ Conference is being held.  Centrally located, adjacent to Victoria Park, with views across to the City and is also just a short walk from the Wynyard Wharf, Viaduct Harbour and Downtown Auckland.  Easy and quick access on and off both the Northern & Southern motorways, provides easy access in and around the city. There’s an exciting restaurant and bar scene at your door. If the buzz has you tuckered out by sunset, Quest on Beaumont offers pantry delivery. All 34 spacious rooms are designed to make you feel welcome. Excellent disability access throughout the building and three accessible one-bedroom apartments to choose from, if required.

Address
80 Beaumont Street, Freemans Bay (Adjacent to the Victory Convention Centre 250m / 2 min walk only)

Studio Apartment

The well-appointed Studio is flooded with natural light, and provides a stylish, open-plan space to unwind and relax. Each Studio features a comfortable king-size bed, apartment-controlled air conditioning, modern ensuite bathroom and fully equipped kitchenette. Work desks and high-speed access are also perfect for business travellers.

Rate is $215 including GST for 2 people, maximum occupancy is 2 people.

One Bedroom Apartment

You’ll feel right at home in Quest’s stylish One Bedroom Apartment. You’ve space to move with a separate bedroom with a king-size bed and wardrobe, a relaxed living area with sofa and LCD TV plus a fully equipped kitchen and European-style laundry. The modern bathrooms have all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

Rate is $235 including GST.

Rates are GST inclusive and must be booked directly with the hotel. 

Additional Information 

Car Parking- $20 per night.  This is offsite, just 2 mins walk from hotel. (needs to be booked in advance)

Breakfast- We can provide an in-room continental pack $12 per person per day or alternatively the Craft Café on-site offers a full breakfast menu and charge-back facilities are available.

 

Bookings can be made directly with the Quest on Beaumont by Email: host@questonbeaumont.co.nz or Phone: 09 222 0180. Use the reference ITENZ Conference 2024 when making bookings.

Bookings can also be made via the Quest NZ app. Use the Code ITENZ24. The validity of the rate is from today 24.01.2024 through to 01.09.2024 (based on availability)

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Venue and Location

Victory Convention Centre is a fabulous complex located at the hub of Victoria Park Tunnel exit, Fanshawe Street Interchange and tree-lined Victoria Park. With its beautiful bespoke 2200-seat, tiered auditorium; curving front foyer; and lofty break-out rooms, VCC can host concerts and conferences, symposiums, and small exhibitions and expos.

Paid Parking is available onsite on a first come basis. Check out Victory website for further details.

 

98 Beaumont St, Freemans Bay
Auckland

ITENZ Awards

The 2024 Awards will be held on the 17th of September at the Victory Convention Centre, Auckland as part of the 2024 Conference. Award winners will be published and a media statement released shortly after the event.

Check the criteria.

ITENZ Awards Criteria 2024

To nominate, you will need to fill in and upload this file as a PDF.

ITENZ-Awards-Employment-History-Form-2024

Complete the appropriate form, then “Save as pdf” to upload with the online awards submission form below.

Submission close at 5 pm, Monday 15 July 2024.

ITENZ Supreme Award

This prestigious award, honours the category award winner that has demonstrated exceptional contribution to the outcomes of learners, and recognises their efforts.

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ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

This award honours individual tutors who have demonstrated outstanding teaching practices that engage learners, nurture confidence, and promote effective learning that enhances outcomes, and recognises their efforts.

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ITENZ Outstanding Performance Award

This award honours individual staff members who have demonstrated exceptional contribution to develop and improve the quality and culture in their organisation, its students, staff and wider communities, and to recognise their efforts. This award is open to staff members except tutors, there being a specific award of Tutor of the Year Award.

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ITENZ Provider of the Year Award

This award honours organisations that have demonstrated excellence in organisational capability and significant strategic leadership that impact positively on the business, its learners, staff, wider community and the industry, and recognises its efforts.

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ITENZ Awards

ITENZ Award Winners 2023

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Susan Townshend, Le Cordon Bleu

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2023 on the recipient of the Outstanding Performance Award, Susan Townshend.

This prestigious award, honours the category award winner that has demonstrated exceptional contribution to the outcomes of learners, and recognises their efforts.

Congratulations Susan on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2023.

ITENZ Provider of the Year Winner

Mission Ready HQ

Highly Commended: People Potential

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Susan Townshend, Le Cordon Bleu

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ITENZ Award Winners 2022

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2022 on the recipient of the Tutor of the Year Award, Raymond Trancel.

This award is made in recognition that a category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners. Raymond is a tutor par excellence, his passion for the sector and for teaching is unparalleled. In addition, he is committed to his own lifelong learning.

Unusually, perhaps, Raymond left a management role to return to full-time teaching.  Results have included the development of Zoom programmes for apprentices in remote locations and the seamless continuity of learning throughout periods of lockdown. He is committed to increasing the number of qualified female electrical inspectors in New Zealand and is passionate about Etco’s foundation programme to enable those who don’t have the necessary NCEA credits to enter an apprenticeship.

His contribution to the wider environment has resulted in other registered electricians considering teaching as a career. Raymond uses innovative assessment approaches and makes changes based on feedback and reflection. Congratulations Raymond on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2022.

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

‘You can train someone to teach but there is one thing you cannot train into someone and that is passion, and Raymond has bucketloads of passion for learning and imparting teaching.’ This is from Etco’s General Manager Learning.

Many student comments demonstrate Raymond’s wide range of teaching strategies and techniques including, ‘Raymond has great techniques for getting people to understand. Once he was explaining power factor unity to me – and used the example of a pint of beer and the froth on top to help me understand’.

Raymond’s teaching and learning practices are respectful of gender, inclusive of learning environments, build positive and authentic relationships, and use formative assessment to monitor what his students can do and what they need to build on. “Raymond is the reason I was able to finish my apprenticeship. I was struggling but Raymond was always there, willing to give 110 percent to help me and others – and he got us across the line”.

At the Electrical Training Company (Etco) Raymond hasn’t just made changes to his teaching approach as a result of reflection on feedback, he’s led changes to the feedback process itself, developing more accessible online surveys so that all can learn from them.  That has resulted in much richer feedback from all sorts of students.

Highly Commended: Jude Robinson, Pacific Coast Technical Institute 

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ITENZ Awards 2021

ITENZ Supreme Award Winner

Steve Hallett, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2021 on the recipient of the 2021 Leadership Award, Steve Hallett.

This award is made in recognition that the category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners.

The role of the board is not always recognised in the running of a successful PTE but this nomination demonstrates that a visionary leader can transform an organisation and produce excellent results for the students that it serves.
Steve is a stand-out leader, he has taken Etco in a new and very successful strategic direction, built a cross-sector board with diverse skill sets, recognised that Etco needed to be innovative and flexible to take on what were at that time unknown changes, recruited a Chief Executive with specific strengths to grow Etco, provided strong effective leadership and governance, had the courage and vision to change the old guard, and in addition serves on the Auckland Master Electricians executive.
Under Steve’s direction, results have been increased revenue, increased apprentices, and awards. His leadership has proved transformative for Etco. He leads collaborative processes, builds strong relationships, undertakes independent evaluation. Congratulations Steve on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2021.

ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award

Tony Burnham, Edvance

‘Your ways of teaching are hard to come by and I am learning more now than I ever managed to learn at school’.  This is from a student whose programme shifted suddenly online due to COVID-19.

Many student comments demonstrate Tony’s wide range of teaching strategies and techniques including, “I feel very lucky having Tony, he is very interactive, approachable, knowledgeable and he cares about our learning.  He made sure everyone was included and didn’t feel out of place.’  And “I learnt a lot of things and thought of things I would never have’.

Tony’s teaching and learning practices are respectful of cultures, inclusive of learning environments, build positive and authentic relationships, apply a needs-based approach to delivery, and use formative assessment to monitor what his students can do and what they need to build on.

At Edvance, the Pacific achievement is higher than for non-Pacific.  Tony achieves excellent outcomes for Reading, Writing and Numeracy with significant shifts in abilities. Importantly, he is reflective of his teaching and learning approaches and there is strong evidence that demonstrates his response to feedback and improvements made.

Highly Commended – Arden Carter, Pacific Coast Technical Institute

ITENZ Provider of the Year Award Winner

Edvance

Edvance demonstrates excellent learner achievement, a focus on staff and their well-being, and a desire to impact the wider community.

A Māori or Pacific learner studying at Edvance is likely to achieve equally or better than non-Māori or non-Pacific people. Their Te Puni Kokiri cadetship programme in partnership with Auckland District Health Board aims to lift the number of Māori staff employed by ADHB. Another partnership, with Te Whangi trust, targets at-risk Māori youth to achieve life skills including communicating confidently, solving problems more effectively, planning for the future and their rights and responsibilities as employees.

Edvance tutors win Exceptional Adult Educator awards. They carry out voluntary “Days of Good”, like packing food parcels for needy Aucklanders. They sponsor the rescue helicopter and Coastguard.

Glowing client feedback reports staff getting everything they needed out of training by Edvance.

Today’s award is not a random result. Edvance has consistently reached high standards over 10 years with policies on strategic leadership and reflective practice to improve teaching and learning. This is a provider that is making a difference and contributing to improved graduate outcomes.

ITENZ Student of the Year Award

Alize Hawkins, Pacific Coast Technical Institute

Alize is from Te Whakatohea and Te Whanau Apanui and he is the youngest ever ITENZ Awards winner.

He started at the Youth Arm of the Pacific Coast Technical Institute at the age of 14 coming from full immersion Māori schools with Māori as his first language.  It was soon clear to his tutors that he was talented and capable.  He overcame insurmountable obstacles against all odds and with sheer dedication, commitment, and grit he excelled in everything he attempted.

Alize showed an extraordinary willingness to learn and succeed and has often been singled out by teachers as the student who is most excited, involved, and willing to learn in his practical application classes.  He was the recipient of the student of the year awards in 2019, 2020 at PCTI and is on track to receive it again this year.

As his academic confidence grew Alize took on roles of responsibility supporting other students and staff to learn Te Reo and leading students and staff as head of the group when attending Marae.

Alize’s story is a great story of student success.

ITENZ Outstanding Performance Award

Tania Fisken and Tanya Nunn, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

The two Ts, as they are known, share the role of Central North Island Region Administrator based in Rotorua.

They are the perfect combination of two people job-sharing seamlessly, ‘never skipping a beat’ to ensure the smooth operation of the organisation.  “Any business would run like clockwork if you could ‘cut and paste Tania and Tanya into it” was one of the many supporting comments.

They are exceptionally efficient and dedicated, remarkably good at communication, are proactive, and constantly go above and beyond what is expected to support students and tutors – often working outside working hours, these being the best times to make contact with their learners and apprentices.

Their job is wide reaching and includes responsibility for all the administration for the region, keeping track of attendance and progress of 500 students, in charge of enrolment for all industry courses for registered electricians, and for reporting to the Electrical Workers Registration Board.

At the heart of their work is the way they keep a close eye on all students, encouraging those that are falling behind and finding best possible ways to help them. Supporting evidence has come from within and outside Etco, including the Skills Organisation.
Highly Commended – Christine Ozich, Kalandra Education Group.

ITENZ Leadership Award Winner

Steve Hallett, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

Quiet dignity, unflappable, passionate, knowledgeable, courageous, visionary, insightful, some words used to describe Etco’s board chair, Steve Hallett.

How does Steve promote excellence and innovation? First he knows you need the right people. In his words, “We look at the skills set matrix and, as people retire, we actively seek directors with skills that will provide the strengths we need to develop a strong board with a sound understanding of good governance.”

Steve has steered the Etco board through some bold decisions about ground-breaking changes. A Board member said “Steve was by far the leader in that process. He was looking at what Etco looks like in 10-20 years. He had the ability to foresee a different future.”

He also knows that innovation requires investment. Under his leadership Etco has invested in learning technologies and student management systems, which have contributed to and enabled growth.

One of Steve’s great strengths is his ability to build strong mutual relationships. Under Steve’s leadership Etco has partnered with polytechnics, schools, government bodies and industry groups to advance the work of training electricians and other apprentices.
He is rightly judged Leader of the Year.

2023 Conference presentation slide PDFs are now available

You now have the chance to revisit several of the presentations at the 2023 conference. Check out the link below to have access to these files.

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