Our Progress 2018

Farewell and thank you to Steering Group

5 December 2018

The role of the Engineering e2e Steering Group formally finished at the end of November. We thank all the employers and educators who have helped guide our programme over the last four years and hope they continue to provide input and feedback on our activities. The Steering Group final report to TEC looks at Engineering e2e’s achievements and offers recommendations for the future.
Steering Group report and recommendations

We published the 50th issue of our newsletter this week. It provides an overview of the Steering Group’s work and recommendations, and an update on our six key initiatives. 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

Unitec micro-credentials in development

28 November 2018

After completing planning for five micro-credentials, Unitec is developing specifications for demonstrating competence and creating learning resources. The objective is for the group of micro-credentials plus exam to provide sufficient evidence of prior learning to be cross-credited towards the NZDE Highway Engineering course. 

Downer will trial the micro-credentials with five experienced construction workers who are keen to move into the NZDE, and is providing technical advice, fact checking and access to sites for production of the learning material.

November newsletter published

13 November 2018

We’ve published Issue 49 of our newsletter. It covers: funding for three micro-credentials pilot projects; a memorandum of understanding signed by organisations involved in the degree apprenticeship pilot – WelTec, Otago Polytechnic and IPWEA NZ (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia – New Zealand division); and employer-educator collaboration on the graduate capabilities project. 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

Engaging Māori students with engineering

4 November 2018

We know the barrier to students studying engineering includes not knowing what’s involved, dropping the requisite subjects and a lack of awareness about Level 6 – 7 qualifications. This year, Ara’s Secondary-Tertiary Pathways Project focused on building relationships with Māori schools and engaging students. This led to a new Engineering-IT course which will be offered to these schools in 2019. You can read about Ara’s secondary-tertiary programmes in our latest case study.
Case study: Growing relationships with Māori schools

REE visitor numbers

29 October 2018

6,278 people visited the REE (Resources for Engineering Employers) portal from July to October, with the ‘Recruit’ section the most popular. Employers can also find resources on retaining and growing staff. Have you visited the portal?
REE website

Engineering qualifications definitions revised

17 October 2018

Last year, we consulted employers about how to describe engineering qualifications – New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice, Bachelor of Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – in terms a layperson would understand and to raise engineering employers’ awareness of the work these graduates do. 

We asked for feedback when the definitions were published on our website in July, and over the last few months have reviewed and revised them. The Steering Group will review and approve the draft revised version later this year.


MoU with IFE renewed

24 September 2018

Last Thursday, Neville Jordan (Chair, Steering Group) and Trent Fernley (IFE President) re-signed the 2017 memorandum of understanding between Engineering e2e and the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) NZ Branch for another year.  Our organisations agree to collaborate on and promote initiatives that contribute to creating the engineering graduates New Zealand needs, and to share information, insights and feedback on complementary activities undertaken by either party.

Micro-credentials update

12 September 2018

Our Steering Group will consider three micro-credentials feasibility studies this month and decide on pilot funding – we hope that pilots will also result from other feasibility studies. We’ll let you know about funding decisions in early October.

The current proposals are from:

  • Unitec – using micro-credentials to enable the use of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (NZDE) to provide a more flexible and focused response to industry requirements
  • IPWEA (Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia) – developing six micro-credentials for people employed or seeking employment as public works engineers
  • Otago Polytechnic – developing EduBits (non-academic micro-credentials) that demonstrate attainment of the graduate outcomes of the NZDE and Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

September newsletter updates

6 September 2018

We’ve published Issue 47 of our newsletter. It gives an update of three of our initiatives: the He Toki Iwi Industry Māori Engineering Workforce Partnership; graduate capability project workshops; and micro-credentials feasibility studies. You can read this in the Newsletters section or contact us if you would like to be added to the mailing list: engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

A BEngTech in three core projects

31 August 2018

Stage 2 of the pilot degree apprenticeship programme is progressing well, with a new Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree in Infrastructure Asset Management designed to revolve around three core projects. A workplace assessment plan is being developed along with a final proposal to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for accreditation of the degree.

Graduate Capabillity Project Update

21 August 2018

 This project supports collaboration between educators and employers to ensure graduates are well-prepared for employment.

Work has begun to collect information about how institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) currently work with employers. At three workshops (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) in September, employers and educators will discuss this practice and its effectiveness. The outcomes of the workshops will be synthesized into a report, the Good Practice Guide, focusing on the strengths of engineering education at ITPs, and helping to inform priorities for change.

If you would like to know more please contact engineeringe2e@tec.govt.nz

August newsletter published

16 August 2018

We’ve published Issue 46 of our newsletter, which highlights a new case study about WelTec’s innovative and successful maths pathway for engineering students. We also ask anyone involved or interested in institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP) education to complete a survey as part of the Tertiary Education Commission’s ITP Roadmap 2020 project. 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

Make the World – July performance update

8 August 2018

The Make the World website, developed as part of our promotional campaign, continues to attract a good number of people. The July performance update showed a total 260,247 users so far (1,904,991 total sessions). 60% of the July users were women, and 30% were based in Auckland. A decrease in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington users suggests increased interest in the smaller regions. Users spend most of their time on the Useful Links page.
Make the World website

REE portal

2 August 2018

Have you visited the REE (Resources for Engineering Employers) website yet? It contains a vast amount of information for employers wanting to recruit, retain and grow staff. It’s great to see the increased number of users – an average 85 per day – following our recent promotional activity.
REE website

Updated Info Sheets

25 July 2018

We’ve just updated two of our info sheets: 

Who we are and what we're doing is designed to share with people who are new to the Engineering e2e programme. It explains why e2e was set up, what we are doing and notes some of our achievements and plans.

What differentiates Engineering e2e from other initiatives? Our Integrating the systems info sheet provides an explanation of how we’re trying something new – integrating systems that enable collaboration between and across industry and education sectors. This info sheet explains how 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.

July newsletter published

16 July 2018

We’ve published Issue 45 of our newsletter. It covers regional engineering education hubs, ITP Roadmap regional engagement, and our case studies on engineering and education.

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

We want to simplify the engineering education supply chain

9 July 2018

In 2016, Engineering e2e funded Massey University researchers to investigate how the education pathway in engineering could be made simpler. The report authors identified the need to address the “lack of feedback and communication and control” within the engineering education supply chain and proposed setting up regional education hubs.

In 2017, researchers examined the operation of education hubs in other jurisdictions. The team completed a literature review and collected data from experts to get a better understanding of the feasibility, potential, barriers to and drawbacks of such hubs in New Zealand. This research resulted in a set of factors that need to be considered when establishing a single entry point for engineering qualifications and effective pathways into engineering.

This year, Engineering e2e is supporting a feasibility study for an engineering education hub by Canterbury University (UC) and Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara). The proposal for the study considers all the factors identified in TEC’s research and is supported by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at UC, the EPE Centre at UC, Ara, local employers and the Quake Centre at UC.

Developing Graduate Capability

22 June 2018

In September 2017, Engineering e2e engaged Ara Institute of Canterbury to support providers to find ways to work more collaboratively with employers to ensure graduates are well-prepared for employment. This project draws on international research into graduate capability conducted by Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott.

Engineering e2e has now funded a project which we hope will enhance the outcomes of this work by:

  • Changing the approach to have greater engagement with ITPs and employers.

  • Developing a Good Practice Guide to inform the practice of ITPs and employers.

If you’d like to know more about this project please contact us.


June Newsletter Online

14 June 2018

In this issue EEA’s industry analyst Marion Sorez talks about how the micro-credentials model enables employers to more easily lead development of courses offering industry specific knowledge and skills.

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

Links between ITPs and high schools

5 June 2018

Newly published case studies give an insight to what works and what doesn’t when setting up links between ITPs and high schools.

Reaching More Students Through Block Courses
Ara has introduced block courses to reach more students and made changes to the existing Electrotechnology course, grown relationships with Māori schools, and is looking at co-teaching courses with teachers.

Growing Relationships With Schools and Industry
NorthTec is growing relationships with schools to highlight engineering and the diploma pathway into an engineering career and launched a Year 13 Engineering Fundamentals programme this year.

Micro-credentials community of practice

25 May 2018

Engineering e2e's micro-credentials community of practice was set up to bring together people with expertise in these innovative delivery models. The community includes people involved in micro-credential initiatives at BCITO - The Building & Construction Industry Training Organisation (ITO), Competenz, Connexis - The Infrastructure ITO, Downer, Fire and Emergency NZ, Manukau Institute of Technology,  NZ Electricity Engineers’ Association,  Open Polytechnic of New Zealand,  Otago Polytechnic,  Skills,  Unitec Institute of Technology, UtilityNZ, and YES Enterprise. NZQA, TEC and MoE staff have also contributed. Two workshops have been held where participants have shared their progress and collaborated on a response to NZQA’s consultation about micro-credentials.

Make the World – Sustainable wins!

25 May 2018

The Make the World campaign continues to generate a high percentage of new visitors every month. We are currently running and ad campaign which features three banners.

 The Sustainable banner receives the most clicks followed by Beautiful.  


May Newsletter Online

14 May 2018

In this issue we state our position on micro-credentials, discuss the IPWEA NZ’s Fostering Our Future programme, and provide an update on the ITP Roadmap 2020 project. 

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

Work plan updated

14 May 2018

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


Engineering e2e visits engineering tutors

9 May 2018

Over the past few weeks Engineering e2e’s programme lead has visited ITPs around the country to talk with engineering tutors about:

    • Engineering e2e’s six key initiatives
    • Concerns about continuing low enrolments at levels 6 and 7.

There’s been plenty of robust conversation and the response has been generally positive so far.

Other subjects that interested engineering tutors included:

    • What’s been learned about public perception of ITPs and the impact this has on engineering enrolments
    • The benefits of promoting engineering to potential students versus promoting an institution
    • What’s been learned from the secondary-tertiary pathways projects
    • The degree apprenticeship – it’s designed to complement the current delivery of the BEngTech
    • Working with employers to raise awareness of the skills NZDE and BEngTech graduates offer.


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

9 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

6 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

9 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.

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