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Happy New Year everyone!

We’re pleased to share an article about the Engineering E2E programme from the latest issue of IPENZ’s Engineering Insight magazine – read Changing the Construct

Newsletter 15 online

We have published our last newsletter of the year. Issue 15 focuses on the findings and recommendations in the research report Creating Engineers – Climbing the Educational Staircase. You can download this and previous issues on the Newsletters section of the site. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, email us: 

Strategic update

This week we presented the second Engineering E2E strategic update Engineering our Future  to Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment.

Staircasing engineering qualifications

Dr Greg Frater and Associate Professor Nigel Grigg of Massey University have reported on their research into staircasing New Zealand engineering qualifications. You can read their findings and recommendations in Creating Engineers – Climbing the Educational Staircase.

Employers discuss apprenticeship degree model

In late October, Engineering E2E Programme Manager Angela Christie and Tertiary Education Commission staff met with representatives from six employers to discuss degree apprenticeships. Employers were positive about the idea and there was general agreement to establish a pilot programme.

And on the same day, Engineering E2E Writer Megan Rodden talked about Engineering E2E – why it was established and what we’ve been doing – at the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum 2015. Read the conference paper here

This month we published Issue 14 of the newsletter, focusing on our strategic update. You can read all our newsletters online; if you would like to be added to the mailing list, email us: 

Research into staircasing engineering qualifications

Associate Professor Greg Frater, Massey University, submitted a proposal to the TEC to research staircasing as a strategy to enhance uptake of mid-level tertiary engineering qualifications in New Zealand. The work will include interviews with education and employer representatives and IPENZ, and builds on the report Stepping into One Another's World which looked at advanced apprenticeship models. 

Work plan updated

We’ve updated our work plan to include the Waterview Challenge and recommendations/actions around employer engagement in 2015-2016.

September newsletter 

Our September newsletter is now online in the newsletter section. It looks at the newly developed work plan for activity to achieve Engineering E2E’s goals and introduces the Discoveries section.

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E2E work plan

The Engineering E2E work plan is an overview of the initiatives we’re working on, with key indicators of success. It’s a work in progress – we’ll share the next version when it’s updated.

E2E briefing

Engineering E2E Steering Group Chair Neville Jordan gave a briefing to TEC senior managers and representatives from the Ministry of Education and IPENZ. The group was interested in the programme’s achievements and work plan, and took advantage of the Q&A session to find more about employers’ responses, promoting engineering to the public and stopping the leakage of potential engineers.

Talking with employers

The report from our employer-engagement workshop in June has been published. Talking with employers looks at key outcomes of the workshop, including the ideal capabilities and characteristics of engineering graduates as identified by participants.

Read the report here

Polytechnics involved in the Techlink Pathways Project pilot will have the opportunity to discuss the project with teachers at the upcoming TENZ (Technology Education New Zealand) conference, while Project Leader Glynn McGregor will present a workshop on ‘work-ready plus’ graduates.

Wintec is planning a school holiday workshop for Year 9-10 students, while WelTec is focusing on a CREST presentation event for their students. In Dunedin, links are still being made with three schools interested in the pilot.

Informing the Minister

Neville Jordan wrote on behalf of the Engineering E2E Steering Group to the Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, informing him of our progress and plans for the next 18 months.

Employer Reference Group

We’re following up the recommendations from our employer-engagement workshop, starting with the formation of an Employer Reference Group. Comprised of employers who attended the workshop, it will provide ongoing advice and guidance to the Engineering E2E Steering Group on its upcoming activity, including a public awareness campaign and further employer engagement.

Our August newsletter is now online in the newsletter section. It includes more information about the workshop recommendations, and outlines in detail the recommendations from the research into advanced apprenticeships.

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Sponsored degrees

What is a sponsored degree? Following the recommendation made by Associate Professor Jane Goodyer and Dr Greg Frater in their report Stepping into One Another’s World: Apprenticeships – Transforming Engineering Technologist Education in New Zealand that’s the term we’re now using to describe advanced/higher apprenticeships. They also recommended:

  • Degree apprenticeships should be implemented as a viable learning model to educate engineering technologists
  • Government should fund the employers involved
  • Apprenticeships should be specified by standards developed as sector-defined outcomes
  • A collaborative approach between employers, professional bodies and institutes of technology and polytechnics
  • Clear pathways to higher-level qualifications
  • Apprenticeships should be marketed as new Gold Standard for educating engineering technologists.

Read the report here

Introduction to E2E

We've written a one page flyer explaining the Engineering E2E programme: Why it was set up, what we do, key achievements to date and our plans for the future. Please share the link with anybody you think might be interested.

Engineering E2E - an introduction

Advanced apprenticeships

We’re pleased to inform you that the Engineering E2E proposal for an investigation into advanced apprenticeships has been accepted. Associate Professor Jane Goodyer of Massey University is leading the investigation into overseas models of employer-tertiary engagement in the form of advanced or higher apprenticeships. They enable employer engagement in curriculum design and delivery which is particularly relevant for rapidly changing, high-tech industries, such as engineering

Professor Goodyer and Dr Greg Frater have reviewed reports about these apprenticeship models, gathered data relating to employer engagement with tertiary institutions, and selected eight case studies for further investigation. They will produce a report and set of recommendations around how the advanced apprenticeships operate and whether they could be successfully applied in New Zealand. The report will be available in early July.

Employer-engagement workshop

30 people representing a range of engineering disciplines and companies met in Wellington on 9 June to consider what the sector requires of graduates. Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott facilitated the workshop, focusing on the capabilities that successful early-career employees bring to the workplace and how we can produce ‘work-ready plus’ graduates. There was some great discussion and general agreement on the sort of skills needed in industry in addition to technical knowledge.

Our June newsletter is now online in the newsletter section. It includes more information about the workshop, looks at the impact of Budget 2015 on engineering education, highlights the Mentoring Pasifika Engineering Students case study and introduces the Waterview Project for schools.

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Advanced apprenticeships research

There was a lot to discuss at the recent Engineering E2E Steering Group meeting! We’re pleased to inform you that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) has accepted our proposal to research employer-tertiary engagement in the form of advanced apprenticeships. Associate Professor Jane Goodyer of Massey University will lead the research which will involve: reviewing and reporting on initiatives around on-the-job training and learning; selecting case studies for further investigation; and producing a report with recommendations on how the advanced apprenticeship model could transfer to New Zealand

The Techlink Pathways Project pilot has started with a positive response from secondary schools. Project Leader Glynn McGregor says the next step is confirming the schools to be involved and meeting all the parties face-to-face to develop a memorandum of understanding – then it’s all go!

The Steering Group was pleased to see its recommendations reflected in the Government’s Budget 2015 which allocated $11.4 million to priority engineering through:

  • Funding for additional places
  • Public awareness campaign
  • Workforce challenge grant
  • Secondary-tertiary transitions.

And finally, Alice the tunnel boring machine will star in a new Ministry of Education initiative. The TEC is contributing to this event which will feature a challenge for secondary school students aimed at promoting careers in engineering.

Newsletter 8 online

Our April newsletter is now online in the newsletter section. In this edition we introduce both the Techlink Pathways Pilot (see below) and three other activities we have underway – employer engagement, improving the quality of teaching and learning, and research. We also introduce our new ‘Discoveries’ section on the site. Have a read!

Techlink Pathways Pilot is underway

The Engineering E2E Steering Group is pleased to announce that the 'Techlink Pathways Project' pilot is underway. This programme aims to generate interest in engineering careers by developing programmes of study for secondary students, which offer a flavour of engineering and engineering study.

The pilot starts next month and will involve staff from Wintec, Weltec and Otago Polytechnic working alongside staff and students from 2-3 local high schools. A key outcome will be published examples of successful models of secondary-tertiary collaboration. There is also potential for this programme to be offered more widely in 2016.

The pilot builds on the Techlink Pathways Project undertaken by the Metro ITPs, IPENZ and the Board of Engineering Diplomas undertaken in 2013-14. Read the Statement of Intent for this project here.

Get in touch if you would like to know more!


We have a brand new section on our website! We have come across fantastic initiatives, resources, research pieces and thought-provoking articles as part of Engineering E2E. These continue to inform our thinking, and show us that other countries face similar challenges in the engineering space. We have set up Discoveries to share this information – we are sure you will find it interesting.

Check out the ‘Discoveries’ feature here. If you have relevant information to add to Discoveries, get in touch with us at .

Newsletter 7 online

Our March newsletter is online! Download it from the newsletter section. In this edition we tell you all about the strategic update Engineering Change which the Steering Group sent to Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. We also profile another of our case studies – new best practice examples are going up all the time!

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Steering Group March meeting – The Plan continued

The Steering Group met on 25 March and upcoming activity was first on the agenda. One area of upcoming work is in the employer engagement space – a pilot workshop with Emeritus Professor Geoff Scott. Professor Scott will help us explore the use of a professional capability framework he has developed in determining employers’ perspectives on graduate profiles and future skill needs. Professor Scott has agreed to run the pilot workshop in Wellington in early June with a view to rolling out further workshops around the country at a later date.

The Steering Group also discussed the Strategic Update for Minister Joyce, and the action plan they will publish in June. The report mentioned below has now become two – the first will present the ‘here and now’ to the Minister and detail our priorities for work in the short-term, while the second report will present a comprehensive action plan engaging educators, employers and other stakeholders to work together on this issue.

Engineering E2E Steering Group February meeting – The Plan

It’s high time we updated you on the Steering Group’s February meeting. The main focus for the meeting was the report from the Steering Group to Hon Steven Joyce and key stakeholders, which is currently in draft. The Group discussed the Plan they want to present with sector-wide solutions for tackling the barriers to growing numbers of engineering graduates. This Plan will be based on what we have learnt through EE2E about the challenges and best practice solutions. We will keep you informed!

First case study for 2015: final year project opens doors for BEngTech graduate

Our first case study for 2015 is here – click on the ‘read latest case study’ tab. Les Poynter talks about the opportunities he found through his BEngTech. When his daughter suggested he make a robot, that’s exactly what he did – with award-winning results!

Newsletter #6 available

Our February newsletter is online! If you haven’t already received it in your inbox, download it from the newsletter section. This month we look at our Make the World discussion document, which aims to distil the aspirations and future focus of the Engineering E2E project. We also feature another of our many case studies.

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Engineering E2E out and about: Metro BEngTech and NZDE Forums

Over the past week our Engineering E2E project representatives attended two valuable forums. Both the Metro BEngTech Research and Teaching Forum and the NZDE Forum were about exploring and sharing improvements in teaching and learning.

At both, we shared our case studies and infographics. We also promoted what Engineering E2E is all about - facilitating discussion, encouraging collaboration and sharing best practice. Together we are finding ways to get more students into engineering.

We received great feedback and suggestions – in particular for our work in the compulsory education sector. If you have either, let us know! Email us at .

Steering Group January meeting – showing what we know

The Steering Group met on Wednesday 28 January. They looked at the progress we’ve made so far, and how we can use our knowledge to effect change. The Group’s conclusions and recommendations will be reported to Hon Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, in early March.

The Group reviewed two infographics which will accompany the final report. Take a look! They are:

  • ‘Make the World’ discussion document – what we know about the challenges to increasing engineering graduates, and what we’d like to do about it
  • 'The Leaky Pipeline' diagram – how the numbers stack up. Where do we lose students who could thrive with an engineering career?

Make the World is a discussion document, so we’d like your feedback. Email us at  or give our Project Manager Angela Christie a call on

Newsletter #5 available

Our January newsletter is online! You can find it in the newsletter section. This month we discuss Ako Aotearoa’s Report Improving Pathways to Engineering Education (see below) and the latest fantastic case studies. Have a read and please share far and wide.

Ako Aotearoa Report: Improving Pathways to Engineering Technology Education

Happy New Year!

You may remember our update on the Alternative Engineering Pathways Professional Forum (see below, 25/11/14, if not!) – we said we would keep you updated on Ako Aotearoa’s report from the Forum. That report is now here, titled Improving Pathways to Engineering Education.
The report provides a number of recommendations on how to improve pathways from school to tertiary to industry, particularly around bridging and foundation courses in the secondary - tertiary transition space. It also looks at how to address broader challenges to raising the profile of engineering in New Zealand. These recommendations are based on the discussions from the November Forum, interviews with students, and other research.
We're looking to progress these recommendations this year and will keep you updated.

Read the report here.
You can also read the background paper referred to in the report here.

Season’s greetings!

Things are winding down for the year at Engineering E2E. See you in the New Year – hope you enjoy safe and happy holidays.

Final Steering Group meeting for the year

Yesterday was the final Steering Group meeting for the year. The Group tabled Ako Aotearoa’s report ‘Improving Pathways to Engineering Education’, following the Forum they held last month (we will provide more information on this soon); and discussed the NEEP refresh as well. The Group will meet again in the New Year.

Newsletter #4 available

The December newsletter is up on the site – you can find it in the newsletter section. This month we discuss outcomes of the NEEP Reference Group Meeting, and our case studies.

Case studies galore!

We have plenty of case studies now up on the site packed full of advice and insight for engineering educators and employers. Here’s just some of what we cover:

  • NZDE and BEngTech students talk about their journeys from education to employment – why they recommend their study paths, what they enjoyed, and what could be better for engineering students;
  • We discuss scholarships, internships, industry open days and other great opportunities you can offer students (i.e. potential future employees) to get them interested, involved and well supported in the engineering industry;
  • We talk to NorthTec’s NZDE (Civil) Head Tutor Mike Mullany about the tutoring programme he has set up, where 8 of the 10 tutors are specialists in their field, employed in local industry.

There are more to come too. Happy reading!

First of our case studies on the web

Today doesn’t just mark the start of the Christmas countdown; we have our first case study up on the site! Take a look in the Employers section to read about Cadetships – are they an answer to New Zealand’s skills shortage?

Alternative Engineering Pathways Professional Forum

Over the last two days engineering education providers have been at the Alternative Engineering Pathways Professional Forum. This Forum was instigated by the EE2E Education Advisory Group and held by Ako Aotearoa.

We know that there’s research out there on pathways from secondary to tertiary study in engineering and how to make them work for learners. However, not much of this research has been put into practice. This means that there are learners who might want to get into engineering, but don’t have the option to without taking full-on, time consuming courses. Often these learners have the prerequisites for tertiary education, but not for engineering specifically. They need flexible, tailored courses which allow them to transition to engineering study.

With this background in mind, the Forum attendees got together to discuss existing pathways, identify the gaps, and explore practical and innovative solutions related to pathways and entry requirements for the BEngTech and NZDE.
Ako Aotearoa is producing a report following the Forum, which we will keep you updated about.

Steering Group November meeting

At this month’s meeting the Steering Group’s discussion included responses to the Research First Report (Engineering Barriers and Responses), the NEEP Reference Group meeting and the upcoming Ako Aotearoa Forum ‘Alternative Engineering Pathways Professional Forum’.

NEEP Reference Group meeting

Yesterday IPENZ hosted the NEEP Reference Group meeting. In 2010, IPENZ published the National Engineering Education Plan (NEEP), which highlighted likely future demand for engineers. Yesterday the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and IPENZ convened the first meeting of a reference group of employers, tertiary education and professional body representatives to review the Plan and provide recommendations to industry and education organisations, which can help inform future engineering education funding decisions.

Look out for our report back on this meeting in Newsletter #4, which will be out in December.

Newsletter #3 now available

In this issue we look at the Research First Report ‘Engineering Barriers and Responses’ – have a read for a good, short summary of what the research found. You can download the newsletter from our home page, or the ‘Newsletter’ section of the site.

Steering Group October meeting

The Steering Group met today with a packed agenda. Items included a look at the Research First report ‘Engineering Barriers and Responses’, an update by education providers on 2015 enrolments, tabling the marketing group recommendations, discussing plans to refresh the demand estimates from the 2010 NEEP report, and an update on collaboration with the Ministry of Education through the Vocational Pathways initiatives.

Marketing Meeting

On Thursday, Marketing representatives from most ITPs offering an engineering qualification came together. First they discussed outcomes of the ‘Engineering Barriers and Responses’ research. They then discussed how to influence 2015 enrolments, with the goal of developing an action plan to increase student numbers.

Research First Report: Engineering Barriers and Responses

As part of the Engineering E2E programme we commissioned a piece of research on barriers to the uptake of engineering study in New Zealand. The report is here! It details some of the significant challenges we face in encouraging more learners to study engineering. The report looks at four main areas:

  • barriers in the secondary education system
  • barriers in industry
  • barriers in the tertiary space; and
  • existing perceptions of engineering amongst students, parents, teachers and the general public.

This research will help us to better understand these issues and come up with solutions. You can read the report here.

Engineering E2E launch in Auckland

Today we had the last of our regional launches, held at the Well-Connected Alliance in Auckland. The event was a great success with lots of people from across the school and tertiary sectors, and industry, in attendance. Steven Joyce, Minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, was there to speak amongst others.

Murray Johnson, Chief Advisor at the Tertiary Education Commission, gave us this analogy to take away – up until now we have been ‘selling the seats on the plane rather than the destination’. The Engineering E2E Programme is about showing learners and all New Zealanders how valuable and exciting a career with engineering can be. We need your help to achieve this!

Newsletter #2 available online

Look in the ‘Newsletter’ section of the site to read all about it! This newsletter covers the launch events around the country, progress on each of the three programme work streams, and introduces you to the Steering Group.

Education Advisory Group meeting

Today the EAG met for the first time, with lots to discuss. Items on the agenda included shaping priorities for the education delivery stream, and sharing information and stories around industry links with schools. Keep an eye out on the ‘Education’ page for our activity, and please do contact us if you’re keen to be involved – .

Engineering E2E launch in Hamilton

We had our second launch event for the programme today in Hamilton – the Waikato regional launch. Longveld Engineering hosted, with representatives from schools, tertiary providers, industry and other stakeholders. Steven Joyce, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment,

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