Key terms and definitions

In ConCOVE, we have clear guidelines to evaluate each project we fund. 

The projects must align with ConCOVE’s mission statement and vision to connect and align industry, learners and vocational education to re-imagine clear, equitable and supported career pathways within the Construction and Infrastructure sectors.  

Key driver


Projects that seek to improve the effectiveness of the productive effort by the construction and infrastructure workforce through vocational education and training.  Improving productivity can focus on how people learn, what is taught, or a combination of both. 


Projects that seek to improve the workplace culture within the construction and infrastructure sectors. These projects will consider how people within the sectors treat each other.   

Strategic Themes


Projects that investigate and identify barriers and opportunities for entry. This identification allows for applied research to focus on increasing the workforce available to the construction and infrastructure sectors.  

Career Progression: 

Projects that develop a sustainable and productive workforce within the construction and infrastructure sectors. These projects will improve retention and progression across all stages of a career through upskilling and reskilling.  

Innovation and Disruptive Technologies: 

Projects that identify, inform, develop, and/or implement innovation and disruptive technologies within the construction and infrastructure sectors. Projects may also develop appropriate vocational education strategies to support the sectors to adapt and adopt project outcomes. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 

Projects that develop strategies to address the barriers and opportunities for a diverse workforce to be supported to enter, progress, and thrive in the construction and infrastructure sectors.  

Environmental Sustainability: 

Projects that develop training strategies within the construction and infrastructure sectors to support the transition to a thriving, climate-resilient Aotearoa New Zealand. These strategies could include mātauranga Māori principles, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or government regulations.

Priority Groups

To align with other government agencies we are using definitions from Stats NZ. 


A person is of Māori descent if they are the descendent of a person who has Māori descent or ancestry (Stats NZ).


Pasifika describe the group of people living in Aotearoa New Zealand who migrated from the Pacific islands or who identify with the Pacific islands because of ancestry or heritage. The Pacific Islands is the umbrella term used to categorise islands in the Pacific Ocean, including the islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia (TKI).  


Gender refers to someone’s social and personal identity as male, female, or another gender or genders that may be non-binary (Stats NZ). For the purpose of this research, the term woman encompasses any person who identifies as a woman.