Tradie first to notch new cre­den­tial

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A Whi­tianga-based kitchen in­staller has be­come the first New Zealan­der to achieve a mi­cro-cre­den­tial.

The shorter bite-sized learn­ing achieve­ments, which the Build­ing Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (BCITO) refers to as Man­aged Trainee­ships, be­came a recog­nised part of New Zealand’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions sys­tem in Au­gust.

BCITO’S Man­aged Trainee­ship in Kitchen In­stal­la­tion was the first mi­cro­cre­den­tial to be reg­is­tered on the NZQA Frame­work. And David Hall, a kitchen in­staller at Master­craft Kitchens Whi­tianga, who par­tic­i­pated in BCITO’S mar­ket test­ing, has be­come the first per­son to achieve one.

David says it’s great to be for­mally recog­nised for his skills.

“The con­struc­tion sec­tor is be­com­ing more spe­cialised and these qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­flect the way the world is go­ing. I’m in my 50s and al­ready have ex­pe­ri­ence in both car­pen­try and civil en­gi­neer­ing.

“This course took into ac­count my pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence while help­ing me re­fine the rel­e­vant spe­cial­ist skills needed in my new ca­reer.”

Tony Wil­son, di­rec­tor at Master­craft Kitchens Whi­tianga, was pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide more spe­cialised train­ing.

“David has been work­ing for us for two years now. He was able to draw on his past ex­pe­ri­ences and fur­ther hone his skills for our par­tic­u­lar craft.”

BCITO chief ex­ec­u­tive War­wick Quinn says these smaller, bite-sized qual­i­fi­ca­tions are re­spond­ing to the sec­tors chang­ing de­mands.

“We’re work­ing hard to make train­ing more at­trac­tive and rel­e­vant and these cour­ses are a part of that. The suc­cess of this man­aged trainee­ship means we’re now ready to start de­vel­op­ing more spe­cialised cour­ses and rolling them out across the coun­try.

“Em­ploy­ment fore­casts for the con­struc­tion sec­tor, which BCITO cov­ers, sug­gest there will be more than 80,000 new and re­place­ment job open­ings in the next five years. We need more skilled work­ers. Man­aged trainee­ships equip learn­ers with spe­cific skills for the niche jobs our in­dus­try re­quires,” he says.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Chris Hip­kins, an­nounced that qual­i­fi­ca­tions smaller than the tra­di­tional limit of 40 cred­its would be recog­nised in Au­gust.

He says BCITO’S Man­aged Trainee­ship in kitchen in­stal­la­tion is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how these cour­ses can recog­nise spe­cific skills.

“It’s great to see peo­ple get­ting in­volved in this new flex­i­ble and in­no­va­tive ap­proach to learn­ing. The Govern­ment is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing life-long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and this is a great ex­am­ple of how spe­cialised pack­ages of learn­ing can help work­ers gain for­mal recog­ni­tion for their skills, as they progress in their ca­reers,” he says.

‘This course took into ac­count my pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence while help­ing me re­fine the rel­e­vant spe­cial­ist skills needed in my new ca­reer.

DAVID HALL Kitchen in­staller at Master­craft Kitchens Whi­tianga


David Hall with BCITO chief ex­ec­u­tive War­wick Quinn and Master­craft Kitchens di­rec­tor Tony Wil­son.

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