BCITO thrilled with NZQA’s recognition of micro-credentials

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The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) was pleased to be involved with the Government’s recent announcement to recognise micro-credentials within New Zealand’s regulated education and training system.

Government ministers visited Well Hung Joinery in Ngauranga, Wellington, where three trainees are currently trialling the BCITO’s Managed Traineeships in kitchen installations.

Micro-credentials, or Managed Traineeships as the BCITO refers to them, offer specialised recognition that reflects the increased segmentation of work in the industry.

BCITO chief executive Warwick Quinn says it has been trialling the concept, and is delighted the Government has decided to formally run with it.

Its Managed Traineeship programme aims to equip learners with specific construction skills that more accurately reflect the changing nature of the construction industry and business practices.

“The qualifications currently available do not fully reflect how the construction industry and many other sectors operate,” Mr Quinn says.

“As technology changes and as the sector becomes more specialised, some firms no longer require, or indeed are able to offer, the scope of work a full apprenticeship requires. This affects their willingness and ability to train.

“Micro-credentials are a great step forward. We believe it will make training more attractive and relevant for the industry, and will attract new talent at a time when we need at least 25,000 qualified people in the next five years to meet demand.

“Managed Traineeships also provide a taste of learning and success to people who otherwise may not attempt a four-year qualification.

“Individuals can complete a number of micro-credentials which, over time, may lead to a full qualification.”

Well Hung Joinery’s Dan O’Hagan says the programme is a great idea, and is excited to be a part of the trial.

“It’s important for the industry to have smaller and more specific qualifications. Not all apprentices want to spend four years in an apprenticeship, so this a great way to get the skills and qualifications you want and need.

“I think it will encourage more people into the industry, and more employers to take on apprentices as it reflects the type of environment we are working in.”

The BCITO will now work closely with industry, and develop additional Managed Traineeships in those trades that require them.