Employers

Industry involvement is vital to the Engineering e2e Programme. As employers in the industry, you are uniquely placed to attract and support engineering students in New Zealand. By helping to show students the potential of engineering careers, and equipping them with the skills they need to gain employment, more graduates will be work ready in the areas you need them. Here are some case studies which show bright ideas and successful strategies for linking the engineering industry to students and educators. Have a read - you might find something you can use to engage students. If you want more information or support, contact us on engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz. And if you have a success story to share, we want to hear from you!


Employer Links Case Studies

Geotechnical Testing Technician: Geotechnical testing technician Dave Pollard holds both a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) and the earlier New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) in Civil Engineering. Read More…

The NZDEP – a logical next step: For Jose Moreno, doing a New Zealand Diploma of Engineering Practice (NZDEP) is just a logical next step in his engineering career. Read More…

Taking a long-term view to recruitment: Pertronic Industries is launching a pilot internship programme for secondary school students and has employed a school leaver on a special short-term contract. It's all part of the company's long-term view to recruitment – providing experience... Read More…

A strong focus on industry and being 'work ready': Control systems engineer David Hale has come a long way since graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) twelve years ago – he's now a partner in Controlweb, a company set up with a friend and colleague. Read More…

Starting a cadetship programme: Waikato District Council's new cadetship programme is focused on starting small, with two Wintec students to be employed in 2018. The council will increase the number of cadets in the following two years, and is considering how the initiative could ... Read More…

A pilot sponsored degree programme: Engineering employers played a key role in developing an Infrastructure Asset Management standard for a pilot sponsored (degree apprenticeship) programme. It is aimed at filling a recruitment gap and catering in particular to the needs of rural New ... Read More…

Employing BEngTech grads: An engineering colleague 'stumbling across' a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) student led Don Thomson Consulting Engineers to consider the qualification for the first time – and then employ three BEngTech graduates. Read More…

Fostering our Future: New Zealand's public works sector faces an unprecedented skills shortage over the next ten years. In response, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) New Zealand is working closely with the tertiary education sector on a pilot... Read More…

Hutt STEMM Festival: helping raise awareness of engineering: Hutt City Council's STEMM Festival helps highlight the work of local engineering employers and promotes career opportunities to school students. Read More…

Connecting three sectors to promote engineering pathways: NorthTec, with three partner schools, is developing a series of 'taster' engineering experiences, involving industry speakers, for Year 10 to 13 students. In 2018, Year 13 students will have the option of beginning a Level 6 tertiary qualification ... Read More…

Neighbourhood Engineer mentors students: A group of Piripiri School students didn't know much about engineering until they started a Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards project. After working with mentor Shruthi Nair, some are now considering a future in engineering. Read More…

Linking engineers with schools: What's the best way to raise awareness of careers in engineering? It's when engineers talk to students about what they do. But getting into schools is difficult, and ensuring presentations to students are effective can be problematic. That's where F... Read More…

One employer makes a big impact: A school-industry partnership set up to encourage girls into engineering shows the impact one company can make. About half of the students involved in Pacific Aluminium's programme have gone on to study engineering. Read More…

Collaborating to promote engineering: Following a successful Week of Engineering in Wellington, a cross-industry group is already planning for next year's schools programme and public open day. "We'd like to roll it out to other centres," says Eliza Sutton from Opus, "but we need to fin... Read More…

Shadow Tech Day: bringing school students into the workplace: Secondary school students taking STEM subjects often don't know about roles and opportunities in the technology and engineering sectors. Shadow Tech Day provides a simple framework for industry mentors to give individual students an insight into the... Read More…

Week of Engineering - joining e2e's public awareness campaign: ''A small group of Wellington engineers agreed that promoting engineering can be done more effectively if companies collaborate rather than go it alone – so, they’re linking their new initiative to Engineering e2e’s public awareness campaign.'' Read More…

Why employ Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates?: 'Why does Harrison Grierson employ Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) graduates? Managing Director Glen Cornelius explains that there are several advantages for the company.' Read More…

Supporting staff onto an engineering pathway: It’s easy to think about careers promotion in terms of school leavers, but potential engineers can also be found in the existing workforce. James Tala enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) programme after being encouraged by h... Read More…

Supporting schools in teaching electronics: A Waikato initiative highlights the importance of engaging young students with engineering. A group of engineers combined their enthusiasm for promoting engineering with selling an educational product. They aim to capture students’ interest in elect... Read More…

Project-based learning: Impact Projects: 'A successful programme at Albany Senior High School involves students in exploring their interests and/or potential careers, with many working on technology-related projects. Students contribute to their local community – which presents a great op... Read More…

Promoting diversity brings rewards – good retention rates and a fresh way of approaching work challenges: 'They’re doing some great things at Abley Transportation Consultants. We talked to Managing Director Steve Abley about the company's commitment to ensuring diversity of staff and the benefits that brings. ' Read More…

Creating work-ready plus graduates: ''''Engineering employers trialled a Professional and Graduate Capability Framework at a recent Engineering e2e workshop in Wellington. Using the framework as a basis for discussion, they considered the capabilities valued by their industries and th... Read More…

Industry involvement in NZDE course: Education/industry collaboration benefits all parties involved, so Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has actively engaged with local employers while delivering the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) Civil programme. For Paul ... Read More…

Mentoring Pasifika engineering students: How can educators and employers encourage young Pasifika people into engineering pathways and support them to achieve? We talked to Winston Hiliau, Pacific Mentor for Unitec’s Civil Engineering Department, about his role. Read More…

Practice-based learning: Researchers talked to construction apprentices, engineering cadets and general practice registrars for Knowing Practice – a research project on practice-based learning. Regardless of their individual backgrounds in the construction, engineering or m... Read More…

Employers sponsoring engineering research: 'Staying ahead when it comes to innovation isn’t easy, especially when you’re involved in the fast-moving ICT industry. Throw in a worldwide shortage of engineers and it becomes even trickier. We talked to Google Network Engineer Josh Bailey about G... Read More…

Informing the public about engineering: A local project can make a great springboard to inform the public about engineering. We look at how the Well-Connected Alliance (WCA) publicised the engineering involved in the Waterview Connection project, and consider how other employers could do ... Read More…

Alternative pathway to Clinical Engineering: Following last year’s case study about a proposed new qualification – a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering in Clinical Engineering – this month we look at an alternative pathway via existing programmes. Read More…

Industry Advisory Groups: a collaborative approach to engineering: For two spheres which are so closely related, the institutions people study at and the places of work they move on to can seem worlds apart. But when industry and tertiary education organisations (TEOs) work together the benefits for everyone are ob... Read More…

Retaining experienced staff in engineering: Karen's story: Karen Batt works part time as Manager – International Development for Standards Australia. She has been working for the organisation for 12 years, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Environmental Engineering and a Masters in Internatio... Read More…

Final year project opens doors for BEngTech graduate: 'Les Poynter’s award-winning robot project for his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) degree has opened up a lot of doors. He’s now enjoying his role as electrical engineer in a consultancy company, and is busy creating another two models... Read More…

Supporting cadets on successful engineering pathways: Having run a successful cadetship programme for some years, in 2013 Downer decided to extend its support for cadets and align the scheme with the degree graduate programme. Here we present Downer’s re-vamped cadetship scheme, and the newly inclusive... Read More…

Raising awareness of Temporary Works Engineering: The scaffolding industry is trying to raise awareness of its urgent need for temporary works engineers and careers in this field. Many students, graduates and even experienced engineers aren't aware of the opportunities and demand in temporary works... Read More…

Initiative encourages Māori career progression: ''Fulton Hogan’s commitment to encouraging career development and leadership amongst its Māori workforce has led to the establishment of a role specifically designed to implement change. Read about the great work of their Kaitiaki - Māori Engagement... Read More…

Why offer a scholarship? Here are some good reasons: Scholarships provide support to tertiary students, are a promotional tool and a recruitment strategy. We checked in with consulting firm Fraser Thomas to learn about how scholarships work for them. Could they also work for you? Read More…

Internships: a win-win for students and your organisation: The great thing about internships is that they’re versatile – you can make them work for you. Done well, it's a win-win situation. The main point is to provide the recipient with experience, along with training and mentoring. For the company, intern... Read More…

Engineering Industry Big Day Out: Connecting industry and schools: An Engineering Industry Big Day Out this year helped connect industry and schools in Gisborne. Read More…

Industry – Provider collaboration: New Zealand Diploma of Engineering in Clinical Engineering: The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with industry, has developed a new engineering qualification – the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (NZDE) in Clinical Engineering. Read all about it here. Read More…

Who better to teach engineering students than industry experts? A joint industry – ITP – stakeholder tutoring programme: In this case study Mike Mullany, Head Tutor of NorthTec's NZDE (Civil), talks about the collaborative tutoring programme he set up. 8 out 10 tutors are specialists employed in the engineering industry, giving students a fantastic learning experience... Read More…

Retaining experienced staff in engineering: Natasha's story: Read about how Generation Engineer Natasha Keedwell works part-time while raising her young children. We cover her role and expertise within Trustpower, the arrangements she made with management to work flexible hours, and advice for employers keen ... Read More…

Defining engineering roles by qualification: What skills can your engineering employees offer? It’s important to have a sense of the skills your employees with different qualifications bring to your organisation. That way you can offer your workers the best experience, get the best out of them... Read More…

From luck to choice – the steps to a career in Engineering: Should your options in life really come down to luck? We don’t think so. We chatted to Mike about his journey through education to employment in engineering. Mike’s story has helped us identify which steps aren’t yet clear or accessible enough. Whi... Read More…

Cadetships - an answer to NZ’s skills shortage?: The first civil engineering cadet scheme was started by the Public Works Department in 1894. The cadetship scheme eventually involved 300 to 400 cadets per year throughout the public sector. It collapsed in the late 1980s following international eco... Read More…

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