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Our Progress 2018

Degree apprenticeships info sheet published
19 April 2018

A degree apprenticeship is a work-based degree with on-the-job practical training. Apprentices are employed in industry full time and study part-time, on either day or block courses. They work on business focused projects and assessments, usually based on problems or opportunities in their own workplaces.

We explain why Engineering e2e is promoting degree apprenticeships, the benefits for learners, employers and tertiary institutions, our commissioned research into degree apprenticeship models, and the pilot programme to be launched in 2019. Info sheets are available for most Engineering e2e initiatives.

A submission to NZQA’s consultation on micro-credentials
09 April 2018

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is proposing to recognise micro-credentials, alongside qualifications, within New Zealand’s government regulated education and training system from July 2018.

Last week members of the Engineering e2e’s community of practice for micro-credentials in engineering education provided feedback to NZQA as part of the consultation process. http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/consultations-and-reviews/recognising-micro-credentials/

Members of the community of practice welcomed NZQA’s proposal to recognise micro-credentials within New Zealand’s education system. They acknowledge that NZQA’s process is a necessary step to fit micro credentials within existing settings. However, they considered it to be tentative and to lack strategic alignment to wider Government goals including those for tertiary education and engineering.

Engineering e2e supports the recommendation that NZQA takes a more deliberate approach to developing a series of nationally recognised frameworks; allowing learners to aggregate sets of micro-credentials to get at least partial credit toward a whole qualification. We would also like to see more systematic processes for recognising prior learning and competency among people in employment. A further recommendation is that steps are put in place to maximise the uptake of micro-credentials, particularly aimed at the process of offering micro-credentials in identified areas of high need for employers.

February, March and April newsletters online
06 April 2018

In our April issue we lend our support to TEC’s Roadmap 2020 project, launch phase 2 of the degree apprenticeship programme and feature what we’ve learnt from the secondary-tertiary pathways projects so far.

Resources for engineering employers available online
06 April 2018

Business NZ and Engineering e2e have launched a resource portal that gives engineering employers a single access point for the latest tools to recruit, retain and grow employees. There are national and international examples of good practice that support the development of a diverse engineering workforce. The portal is a form of ‘how to’ guide, with examples of what others have done. See www.ree.org.nz

What we’ve learnt: Developing secondary-tertiary programmes
06 April 2018

Our Secondary-Tertiary Partnership Projects have been running for well over a year now and in our latest case study we talk with project managers about the challenges of developing programmes for school students and the consequent changes they’ve made. Visit our Education section.

He Toki Iwi Industry Māori Engineering Workforce Partnership funded
06 April 2018

Engineering e2e is funding Te Tapuae o Rēhua to implement a programme that will more than double the number of Māori engineering graduates from Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) and Otago Polytechnic by 2021.

Over the past two years, the Engineering e2e Steering Group has considered a number of initiatives which could contribute to increasing Māori engineering graduate numbers. In December 2017, the Steering Group approved funding for Te Tapuae o Rēhua, which has a proven track record in working closely with industry to influence training and professional learning and development.

This project will leverage collaboration between Ngāi Tahu, key industry employers, engineering tutors and students to create successful engineering education and employment outcomes.

Evaluation of Engineering e2e programme
09 February 2018

We commissioned Karen Vaughan, New Zealand Council for Educational Research, to evaluate Engineering e2e. Her report looks at how the programme has acted as a ‘systems integrator’ and what can be learned from this. We have added a two-page summary for those who don’t have time to read the entire document.

Engineering e2e evaluation
Evaluation summary

In response to the evaluation, we have focused our plans for the programme over the next two years through six key initiatives.
Six key initiatives

January newsletter online
17 January 2018

Engineering e2e has a lot of projects underway as we enter a fourth year. Our January newsletter looks at: an initiative to double the number of Māori engineering graduates from Ara Institute of Canterbury and Otago Polytechnic; Professor Julia Clarke’s visit to discuss degree apprenticeship programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University; and opportunities for people to promote engineering through existing educational initiatives.

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