Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (FFCoVE)

The FFCoVE aims to propel the Food & Fibre Sector to a sustainable and prosperous future through an enduring partnership with the Education Sector to ensure excellence in provision for our current and future workforce.

Key Outcomes for Learners

Learners will see greater coherence across the food and fibre sector with clearly defined learning pathways and career opportunities. They will be able to access, through flexible delivery modes, food and fibre education opportunities when and where they need it.

Key Outcomes for Industry & Employers

Greater connection between industry and the education sectors results in better understanding of the industry and employment contexts, shared innovation and more rapid integration of R&D into programmes and value gains through alignment of non-formal and formal education provision to offer better upskilling and reskilling opportunities for employers and employees.

Key Outcomes for the Vocational Education System

Greater emphasis on workplace-focussed learning results in learning opportunities that are valued, driving up demand from learners, Māori, employers and employees. Better work-ready graduates and improved business productivity result from collaboration, including shared practice, evidence, data and knowledge, and kaiako capability development.

Our Stories

  • A ground-breaking Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) has been signed between The Food and Fibre Cove (FFCoVE), a Centre for Vocational Excellence; and Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. The agreement was signed by Te Pūkenga Chief Executive Stephen Town and FFCoVE Chair Dr Mark Paine at a function at EIT ‘s Tairāwhiti......

  • 29 August 2022 Building a community of interest around a new educational website for the food and fibre sector is important to engage with educators and providers in farming, forestry, horticulture and fishing, say the project’s researchers. The website,, is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and supported by the Food and Fibre......

  • 17 March 2022 Excellence in vocational education is not only the goal, but the expectation for the Food and Fibre Sector. The Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (FFCoVE) was set up to provide cohesion across the sector with clearly defined learning pathways and career opportunities, but it also strives to achieve excellence for......

  • 5 October 2022 Food and Fibre CoVE Chair Dr Mark Paine Training in the food and fibre sector needs to not only focus on upskilling the mainstream workforce, but also growing innovation and leadership skills, says the Food and Fibre Centre of Vocational Excellence (FFCoVE) chair Dr Mark Paine. The FFCoVE was set up to......

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