Bringing Us Together

Skills Consulting Group, Education New Zealand and Te Pūkenga presents the inaugural APAC TVET Forum 2021

Wherever we live in the world, a thriving future is what we all want, which is why governments, industries and educators alike are working together to upskill and reskill workforces disrupted by the global COVID pandemic.

To share knowledge and insight on best practice across TVET in the Asia-Pacific, Te Pūkenga (New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology), Education New Zealand and Skills Consulting Group bring together leaders to share ideas and innovation.

With a top-notch lineup of speakers and networking sessions, the programme for the inaugural APAC TVET event was both insightful and inspiring. Topics across the two Fridays included:

  • Digital transformation
  • Environmental sustainability
  • The future of skills recognition and credentials
  • The modern-day apprenticeship
  • Skills and training partnerships between institutions and companies
  • Upskilling, reskilling and lifelong learning
  • Youth employment


APAC TVET 2021 Presentations

Day 1 – Friday 5 November 2021

 Keynote speech:

Grant Klinkum

Chief Executive, New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Amber Paterson

Learning and Teaching Specialist – Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

Dr Arthur Chin

Banker, Farmer, Educationalist, New Zealand

Dr Nguyen Quang Viet

Director of Viet Nam VET Accreditation Agency
(VETA) /Directorate of VET MOLISA,
Viet Nam

Fan Guanghui

General Manager – Education Department – JD Logistics, China

Professor Margarita Pavlova

Director – UNESCO – UNEVOC, Hong Kong

Stuart Martin

Learning Design Manager – Skills Consulting Group, New Zealand

Angela Meyer and Tania Domett

(Director – Cogo) Trade Careers – Women and Equity in Trades Training

WorldSkills Panel of Champions – WorldSkills Champions Trust

Lee Hee Dong, Pearl So, Nick Johnston, Anna Prokopenya

Marc Gomes

Senior Vice President – Adecco Group, Switzerland

Day 2 – Friday 12 November 2021

Opening Address:

Srinivas Reddy

Chief of Skills and Employability Branch –
International Labour Organisation, Switzerland

Keynote Speech:

Stephen Town

Chief Executive, Te Pūkenga

Ren Xueliang

General Manager – Haier COSMOPlat, China

Rajesh Khambayat

Director – PSS Central
Institute of VET, India

Manisha Verma

Principal Secretary Skills Development – Employment & Entrepreneurship – Government of Maharashtra, India

Faisal Hasan

Senior Lecturer – Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

Professor Christina Hong

President – THEi – VTC, Hong Kong

Carl Hansen

Technical Consultant – Hewlett Packard, New Zealand

Raghav Gupta

Managing Director – India and APAC – Coursera, India

Panel: Bringing Us Together: Government – Business – TVET Systems

Panelists: Anna Prokopenya, Christina Hong, Carl Hansen, Raghav Gupta
Moderator: Nazrene Mannie – Executive Director – Global Apprenticeship Networks, Switzerland


Lisa Futschek

General Manager – International, Education New Zealand

Day two

Full length video

Day one

Day two

Lawson Dry Hills interview

Tania Winslade and Debbie Preston

DCE Learner Journeys Te Pūkenga

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Director of Workbased Learning, Te Pūkenga

Tania Winslade and Debbie Preston

DCE Learner Journeys Te Pūkenga

Kaarin Gaukrodger

Director of Workbased Learning, Te Pūkenga

Leon Fourie

Chair International working Group – Te Pūkenga

Han Zhen

Vice President – Rizhao Polytechnic

Li Yunmei

Vice President – Tianjin Light Industry Vocational Technical

Warwick Quinn

DCE Employer Journeys – Te Pūkenga

Zheng Yi

Vice President, Jiangsu Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College