December 11th, 2013

Competenz is now a one-stop-shop for industry training in manufacturing.

In addition to our Mechanical Engineering, Food & Beverage manufacturing, Forestry and Transport industry coverage, mergers this year have centralised training coverage for pulp & paper, printing, packaging, plastics and textiles manufacturing. In some cases, employers in these sectors were working with more than 3 ITOs to upskill their people, now they can work with one. Competenz is also now the sole standard setting body for Competitive Manufacturing/LEAN qualifications in New Zealand.

Last week, the Minister signed off the merger of the Communication & Media ITO activities into Competenz, to secure the future of formal workplace training in the print, packaging, journalism and signmaking industries.

The merger will be the fourth for Competenz since December 2012, after successfully integrating the Retail Meat ITO, forestry training organisation (FITEC) and plastics and materials manufacturing ITO (PaMPITO) into its operation.

Competenz Chairman Mike Simm says the mergers make strategic sense for New Zealand industry training and will mean more resources dedicated to employers and learners. “Competenz is committed to making New Zealand businesses more competitive, with skilled and productive staff, and our mergers have been strategic, looking to the needs of employers in kiwi industry.

“As a large, multi-sector ITO with scale and expertise in manufacturing, engineering, food & beverage and forestry skills development, Competenz brings the strength of our nationwide network of account managers and customer service focus to more than 30 industry sectors. By combining this with the great reputation and close relationships our merger partners have with our new industry sectors, the performance of workplace training is greatly strengthened.”

“We are looking forward to working alongside and continuing the close relationships with those organisations and learners who have been well represented by Retail Meat, FITEC, PaMPITO and CMITO in the past.”