Primary ITO and Te Pūkenga

Primary ITO formally joins Te Pūkenga, New Zealand’s largest tertiary education provider, in October 2022.

Te Pūkenga will become a unified network of all New Zealand’s industry training organisations (ITOs like Primary ITO), regional polytechnics and institutes of technology. More information is available on Te Pūkenga's website.

From 2023, all Primary ITO learners will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, instead of Primary ITO. Right now, our people continue to support our learners and employers. Learners will still be enrolled in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Being a part of Te Pūkenga means we will be more connected to the other organisations delivering vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand and we will work with them to share skills and knowledge to better help you succeed.

We are excited to be part of Te Pūkenga which has been set up as part of the Government’s Reform of Vocational Learning. Te Pūkenga is creating a network of online, on-campus and on-job learning to give learners more flexibility in what, where and how they learn.

Reform of Vocational Education

The Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) is promising more support for people while they’re training. Workplace-based learning, like that supported by Primary ITO, will have a central role, with regional, sector and skills leadership helping to guide people to get the right training, in the right place, at the right time.

More information on RoVE is available at

If you have any questions or would like more information about this change you can contact us at [email protected] or on 0800 20 80 20.