Sunday, 16 December 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

The first of tens of thousands of New Zealanders

By Stephan Bosman

David Hall, a kitchen installer at Mastercraft Kitchens in Whitianga, has become the first person in New Zealand to obtain a micro-credential. Handing David his achievement certificate on Wednesday last week at the Mastercraft factory in the Moewai Park industrial area, Warwick Quin, the CEO of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), said David is the first of tens of thousands of New Zealanders who will obtain micro credentials.

Micro credentials are shorter “bite-sized” learning achievements, which BCITO refers to as “managed traineeships,” and became part of the New Zealand qualifications system in August.

BCITO’s managed traineeship in Kitchen Installation was the first micro-credential to be registered on the NZQA framework.

“These bite-sized qualifications are responding to the changing demands of the building and construction industry,” Warwick said on Wednesday. “We’re working hard to make training more attractive and relevant and these courses are a part of that. The success of David’s managed traineeship means we’re now ready to start developing more specialised courses and rolling them out across the country.

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

David said it’s great to be formally recognised for his skills. “I’m in my 50s and have experience in both carpentry and civil engineering,” he said. “My managed traineeship took into account my previous experience while helping me refine the relevant specialist skills needed in the career I’m now following as a kitchen installer.”

Tony Wilson, a director of Mastercraft Whitianga, said they were pleased to have been able to provide David with a more specialised training opportunity. “David has been working for us for two years now,” Tony said. “He was able to draw on his past experiences and further hone his skills for the area of the building and construction industry we’re operating in.”

Pictured is David Hall (left), a kitchen installer at Mastercraft Whitianga, receiving his micro credential achievement certificate from Warwick Quinn, the CEO of BCITO, on Wednesday last week.

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