New Zealand Truck & Driver - - Truck Shop - Di­rec­tor – ca­reer path­ways – road freight trans­port Sec­tor Work­force En­gage­ment Pro­gramme (SWEP)

IN PRE­VI­OUS AR­TI­CLES I’VE TOUCHED ON CLUS­TER groups and ter­tiary pro­grammes – a com­bi­na­tion that in one im­por­tant trans­port area has been de­vel­oped into a re­gional road trans­port cadet­ship.

Toi Ohomai In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, a leader for some time in the train­ing area, last year col­lab­o­rated with Northtec, East­ern In­sti­tute and Whi­tireia Polytech to re­de­velop their Level 3 Com­mer­cial Road Trans­port Pro­gramme.

The key changes in­volved de­sign­ing the pro­gramme around learn­ing out­comes and not just about unit stan­dards – hence cre­at­ing a five-part mod­u­lar course, where stu­dents record their in-work ex­pe­ri­ence and up­load this to GoogleClass­room.

This means that stu­dents can video them­selves per­form­ing a task and then up­load it to be eval­u­ated, thereby dis­pens­ing with the need to put pen to pa­per.

I’ve seen this used re­gard­ing ve­hi­cle startup pro­ce­dures – with the stu­dent talk­ing into a smart­phone and de­scrib­ing his/her ac­tions – and it’s a world away from sit­ting in a class­room and writ­ing about some­thing that the per­son is yet to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Toi Ohomai has had a cou­ple of per­son­nel changes and the great work started by Adrian Bowen (now at TR Mas­ter­drive) is be­ing con­tin­ued by Peter West and his team of ex­pe­ri­enced driver train­ers. What comes through in our con­ver­sa­tions is their pas­sion for the in­dus­try and en­thu­si­asm for skilling new peo­ple.

It’s clear that the last thing they want is to pro­duce some­one with a li­cence….but with no ca­pa­bil­ity.

A part­ner­ship be­tween the Freight and Lo­gis­tics Ac­tion Group (FLAG), Toi Ohomai, and the Bay of Plenty trans­port in­dus­try has re­sulted in a Road Trans­port Cadet­ship, pri­mar­ily aimed at younger, new en­trants to the work­force.

Stu­dents com­plete the Level 3 pro­gramme while in em­ploy­ment and over an 18-month pe­riod. Af­ter each block of train­ing at the Lo­gis­tics Train­ing Cen­tre, the cadets re­turn to their work­place for ap­prox­i­mately 16 weeks – there gath­er­ing ev­i­dence of their abil­ity

e new in­take of stu­dents in Toi Ohomai’s Com­mer­cial Road Trans­port Pro­gramme. Now, in ad­di­tion, a new cadet­ship has been cre­ated by Toi Ohomai and the Bay of Plenty in­dus­­bin­ing train­ing and em­ploy­ment

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