New Director for Competenz

Leading the organisation through its transition into Te Pūkenga, The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology and beyond, industry training organisation Competenz has appointed Amanda Wheeler to the newly created role of Director.

Wheeler is the current General Manager of Industry Training within Competenz and will commence her new role in August.

“Amanda’s passion for industry training is clear in everything she does. She is a vocal and proud champion of the mahi the team at Competenz does and is extensively versed in the intricacies of the 38 industries they serve,” commented Competenz Board Chairperson, George Adams, adding that the board were excited by her vision and commitment.

“We know Amanda will be a strong advocate for vocational education and Competenz within Te Pūkenga, at all levels, as the organisation navigates the changes ahead.”

Wheeler joined Competenz in 2017 in a stakeholder management role and has led the core field-facing team since 2018.

“I am proud to be entrusted with leading the new Competenz Business Division within Te Pūkenga – it’s a truly thrilling opportunity and one that I will relish,” expressed Wheeler.

“I’m particularly excited to help shape the future of vocational education: the bringing together of work-based, online and classroom learning will bring massive benefits to learners and employers alike.”

Wheeler is the first person to be appointed to the role of Director, Competenz Business Division, Work-Based Learning Subsidiary, Te Pūkenga. The position has come about as part of the Reform of Vocational Education (RoVE) which sees all industry training organisations and polytechnics joining together by December 2022. The Director takes the place of the Competenz Chief Executive position, currently held by Fiona Kingsford, which has been disestablished.