Our Progress 2017

Seasons greetings

20 December 2017

Thank you for supporting Engineering e2e this year. We wish you all the best over the festive season and hope you have a relaxing holiday.

The team looks forward to working with you again in 2018. Our office is closed from 22 December to 8 January, and our website will be intermittently offline on 27 December for server maintenance. 

December newsletter online

4 December 2017

We’ve published Issue 38 of our newsletter. This month we look at Engineering e2e’s achievements, the 2018 NZDE/BEngTech forum, feasibility studies for micro-credentials, and regional engineering education hubs. You can read the newsletter in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: ENGINEERINGE2E@TEC.GOVT.NZ

Eight feasibility studies for micro-credentials

29 November 2017

During 2017, Engineering e2e has engaged with education providers, employers, professional associations and policy agencies. We’ve found there is keen interest in exploring the potential role of micro-credentials but there's uncertainty about where best to invest energy and effort.

To explore how micro-credentials might benefit engineering, we're supporting eight micro-credentials feasibility studies for further development and detailed design. 

READ MORE about the micro-credentials feasibility studies.

Regional Engineering Education Hubs - latest research from Engineering e2e

20 November 2017

‘Regional hub’ describes groups that are organised in geographical locations to address a specified educational and employment need. They would be formed by like-minded organisations to create educational pathways around the needs of the learner. 

In Engineering e2e's latest report, REGIONAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION HUBS AN INVESTIGATION INTO MECHANISMS FOR IMPROVING THE SUPPLY OF ENGINEERS FOR NEW ZEALAND INDUSTRY, Massey University researchers Dr Greg Frater, Professor Nigel Grigg and Dr Ishani Soysa identify two main functions for hubs and a series of factors that need to be considered in the establishment of regional hubs.

Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project Meeting in Wellington

9 November 2017

This week the Project Managers from our Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Projects met in Wellington. The morning sessions were dedicated to sharing the lessons from their projects so far, followed by a future focused session in the afternoon. As a result of this meeting, the group decided to meet once a month and to share materials via a wikispace.


Engineering e2e meets with a delegation from Hong Kong

9 November 2017

Earlier this week the E e2e Programme Lead met with a delegation of aviation training providers from Hong Kong including representatives from the VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCILTHE YOUTH COLLEGE and THE TECHNOLOGICAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTE OF HONG KONG. The visit was arranged by NZTE and Service IQ to showcase training offered in New Zealand.

Members of the 10 strong delegation were particularly interested in E e2e’s plans for a degree apprenticeship and micro-credentials. Delegates shared information about their dual-track approach to programme design which is exploring how best to recognise learning acquired and competencies attained in the workplace. Delegates also talked about the newly-established STEM+ Office which will develop interdisciplinary programmes to meet industry needs.

November newsletter online

7 November 2017

Issue 37 of our newsletter is now online. We look at the recent New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research forum and our Memorandum of Understanding with the INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, and discuss the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years. You can read the newsletter in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: ENGINEERINGE2E@TEC.GOVT.NZ

Engineering e2e Project Presentations at the Vocational Education and Training Research Forum

16 October 2017

Run by Ako Aoteroa and Industry Training Federation, the NZVETRF is New Zealand’s largest forum dedicated specifically to research on career, work, and skills-oriented education and training. The NZVETRF provides an opportunity to share work that has potential to shape practices, systems, and policies and includes presentations on evidence-based practical initiatives as well as findings from applied and basic research.

The 2017 forum will being held at the end of October in Wellington and features three Engineering e2e initiatives; Micro-credentials, Secondary-Tertiary Pathway Projects, and Sponsored Degrees.

Micro-credentials –  Brenden Mischewski, project lead will discuss the role of MICRO-CREDENTIALS as an alternative type of learning design in New Zealand engineering education to meet specific learner needs.

Secondary-Tertiary Pathway Projects – Johnny Gordon, project manager for Wintec’ SECONDARY-TERTIARY PATHWAY PROJECT, will talk about the benefits to students of secondary-tertiary collaboration.

Sponsored Degrees – Jenny Poskitt, co-author of Engineering e2e’s A PILOT STUDY OF THE APPLICATION OF DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS IN NEW ZEALAND, will discuss the future of employer-led learning partnerships in NZ. 

Who we are and what we’re doing

6 October 2017

We’ve updated our info sheet about the Engineering e2e programme. It explains who we are, what we do, and our achievements and plans for 2017.

Who we are and what we're doing

We’re building a resource portal for engineering employers

2 October 2017

There are many sources of materials and practical tools to assist small to medium sized companies to recruit, retain and grow employees. An engineering employer resource portal would link to engineering specific materials and tools wherever they are available – a ‘one stop shop’ for engineering employers.

In 2016, TEC engaged Ocular to explore with employers what materials and tools they want and how they want access to them.

Ocular formed a working group of industry stakeholders and Engineering e2e Steering Group members which found that employers think a portal would be useful.

TEC has contracted Ocular to build a content management system and Business NZ has agreed to provide ongoing maintenance for the portal once developed.

Details of the portal launch date will be available here later this year.

Micro credentials info sheet published

2 October 2017

With many local and international models and current NZQA and other pilots to draw upon, Engineering e2e is looking closely at opportunities to offer micro-credentials across the spectrum of engineering education. We are considering seven potential pilots with a priority on the uptake of the NZDE in engineering disciplines that have been under-served, and for people in employment.

Micro-credentials in engineering education: Finding ways forward in the NZ context

Contract signed with Ara Institute of Canterbury

2 October 2017

TEC recently signed a contract with Ara to act on recommendations from Making Tertiary Studies in Engineering More Relevant. Over the coming year Ara will work with institutions offering NZDE and BEngTech programmes and employers of engineering graduates. The aim of this work is to improve engagement between tertiary institutions and employers and improve teaching practice leading to better outcomes for learners and employers.

For more information contact engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

October newsletter online

2 October 2017

We’ve published Issue 36 of our newsletter. The main stories cover a radio report about the record number of female engineering degree students and the Downer – Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology road trip.  You can read it in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Work plan updated

25 September 2017

We have updated our work plan – it covers current initiatives, how they’re progressing and the indicators of success for each one.
Work plan

You can also read the latest case study, which looks at Otago Polytechnic’s Secondary-Tertiary Pathways programme.
Making links and developing resources

September newsletter published

5 September 2017

This month’s newsletter looks at micro-credentials pilots, Memorandums of Understanding with other organisations, and what we can learn from evaluating Engineering e2e. You can read Issue 35 in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Integrating the systems

4 September 2017

What differentiates Engineering e2e from other initiatives? Our new info sheet explains that the programme was founded on a strong evidence base and influenced by the McKinsey Center for Government’s report Education to employment: designing a system that works. It looks at how our projects enable collaboration between and across industry and education sectors.
Integrating the systems
Education to employment: designing a system that works

Final chance to have your say in our survey on recruitment practices

21 August 2017

We’d like to say a big thank you to all those who have already participated in our survey. The results will help us understand recruitment challenges and behaviour, and inform the development of tools to help engineering graduates and employers. The survey will stay open a while longer as we’re keen to get at least 250 participants. Please encourage everyone you know involved in recruiting engineers to have their say.  

Survey on recruitment practices

August newsletter published

11 August 2017

Issue 34 of the newsletter covers our Make the World public awareness campaign, our recruitment practices survey, IPWEA’s ‘Fostering our Future’ initiative and Ara’s Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project programme. You can read it online in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Survey on recruitment practices

13 July 2017

We are asking those involved in recruiting engineers to complete a short online survey to help us understand recruitment challenges and behaviour. This will help us develop communications and tools to help engineering graduates and employers. The survey will run until 18 August. 

Survey on recruitment practices

The latest issue of our newsletter is available in the Newsletters section of the site. It covers the survey, the guide to engineering qualifications and Wintec’s Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project programme. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Plain English definitions of engineering qualifications

11 July 2017

We’ve added a new page to the Employers section of the website – A guide to engineering qualifications. Employer feedback about how well these definitions reflect roles in industry informed the guide, which will be reviewed in approximately six months.
A guide to engineering qualifications

Working together to address the shortfall of engineers

27 June 2017

Engineering e2e recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) and another with the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology). We will work together to address the shortfall of engineers and give engineering the support and profile it deserves.

June newsletter online

9 June 2017

We’ve published Issue 32 of our newsletter. It covers our achievement of 500+ engineering graduates and the effects of the public awareness campaign, a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, and Georgia State University’s initiative to support students. You can read it in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Micro-credentials in engineering education

26 May 2017

In April, the Steering Group recommended that the TEC fund one or more pilots of micro-credentials in 2018.  Micro-credentials are emerging as an important part of the mix of alternative credentials. They can be defined as packages of learning designed to meet specific learner needs that are smaller than conventional qualifications.

Brendon Mischewski, who wrote the report Micro-credentials: a model for engineering education, will work with one or two consortia to more fully develop the proposed model. Engineering e2e hopes to get agreement to part fund the pilots later this year. 

New website pages/feedback form

24 May 2017

We’ve got lots of projects on the go, so we’ve added some new pages where we can share progress on three in particular. In the Employers section you’ll find: Employers Influencing Educational Change and Graduate Capability Work. The latter page is replicated in the Education section where we’ve also added a Secondary Tertiary Pathways Project page.

We would like feedback from our stakeholders, so please share your comments, suggestions or questions about Engineering e2e’s work on the new Have Your Say page. 

Employers to workshop degree apprenticeship standard

22 May 2017

Work on a sponsored degree (degree apprenticeship) programme is well underway. Engineering employers identified the occupation of infrastructure assets manager as a good fit with the degree. Representatives from IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) plus small and large councils and consultancies which employ people in this role will meet next week to workshop a draft standard.

Engineering e2e research informing the degree

500+ by 2017 - TICK!

16 May 2017

Engineering e2e has achieved its goal of 500+ engineering graduates by 2017. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has confirmed 511 graduates from priority engineering courses in 2016.

A lot of work has been done to achieve this goal by Engineering e2e, Futureintech, tertiary institutions, engineering professional organisations and others so it’s really encouraging to see it starting to pay off.

500+ is a big step in the right direction though we still have quite a bit of work to do to address the balance of graduates across NZDE, NZDEP, BEngTech and BE(Hons).

Thank you very much for your support of Engineering e2e.

May newsletter online

12 May 2017

We’ve published Issue 31 of our newsletter. It asks for your help in defining engineering roles and reports on Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project progress. You can read it in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

New website pages

10 April 2017

You might have noticed a few changes to the website. We’ve replaced the Initiatives page with Our Info Sheets – all our information sheets about Engineering e2e will be available here. We have also added a new Work Plan page to the About section so you can easily access the latest version of our work plan.

The Tertiary Education Commission had commissioned a report into micro-credentials and how they might be used to improve the uptake of engineering education in New Zealand, particularly of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering. We have published the report in our Discoveries section. Micro-credentials: a model for engineering education

Issue 30 of our newsletter was published today. It looks at why we need to promote engineering education at institutes of technology and polytechnics, and gives an overview of the proposed employer resource portal. You can read it in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

March newsletter online

15 March 2017

Issue 29 of our newsletter looks at the MicroMasters initiative, the future of the public works profession in New Zealand and results from Make the World. You can read it in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Work plan updated

10 March 2017

We’ve updated our work plan which covers current initiatives, progress to date and indicators of success.

Work plan March 2017

Make the World evaluation

9 March 2017

Reporting from the second wave of tracking Make the World is in, and the good news is that results in key areas are strong.

Overall the public awareness campaign has delivered some excellent results:

  • Positive perception of engineering has risen from 31% to 52% amongst potential students
  • Engineering as a career has moved from 10th ranked in career consideration to 3rd
  • 34% of females now consider engineering as a possible career (was 11%), Māori and Pasifika  have also experienced a lift at 55% (was 25%)

Make the World research tracking

February newsletter online

24 February 2017

Issue 28 of our newsletter has been published and is available in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

Sponsored degrees – the next step in this major long-term project

21 February 2017

In January, the Engineering e2e Steering Group recommended TEC fund a pilot sponsored degree programme. The sponsored degree will be a work-based degree programme designed by employers and ITPs to fill a skills gap. It will integrate academic learning and on-the-job practical training.

Our previous research:
Stepping into One Another’s World (July 2015)
UK Degree Apprenticeships: A Year in Review (Nov 2016)

Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project meeting

18 February 2017

There was lots of enthusiasm at the Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project meeting this week. Project managers discussed their programmes, the importance of collaborating with secondary school teachers, and making links with industry. 

Read about the Seconday-Tertiary Pathways Project

January newsletter online

15 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

Our first newsletter for 2017 covers a proposed resource portal for employers, Make the World statistics for November and progress on other initiatives. You can read Issue 27 in the Newsletters section of the site, or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz