First micro-credential a big step forward for construction industry

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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.

The BCITO’s Managed Traineeship in Kitchen Installation was the first micro-credential to be registered on the NZQA Framework.

And David Hall, a kitchen installer at Mastercraft Kitchens Whitianga, who participated in the BCITO’s market testing, has become the first person to achieve one.

 

Sector becoming more specialised

He 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,” Mr Hall says.

“I’m in my 50s and already have experience in 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.”

Mastercraft Kitchens Whitianga director Tony Wilson is 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 made a presentation to congratulate the team at Mastercraft Whitianga for coming on board and pioneering this new type of learning.

 

Bite-sized qualifications

“These smaller, bite-sized qualifications are responding to the sector’s 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,” Mr Quinn says.

“Employment forecasts for the construction sector, which the 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.”

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

He says the 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,” Mr Hipkins says.