Through the industry forums it became apparent the industry wanted and needed an apprenticeship. We are competing with other trades who have clear career pathways and so we need one to attract people to the industry.
An industry forum was held to ask what are the skills needed to be a useful irrigation service technician? We developed a needs analysis and submitted an application to develop to NZQA. It was approved. So we have been busily mapping the unit standards that will make up the graduate outcomes.
The NZQA Irrigation Engineering Apprenticeship will be delivered over 4 years, with 70 credits each year, in a mix of;
This ‘mix’ will be dependent on the unit standards used. Due to the size of the apprenticeship it is made up of two qualifications.
We have established a technical working group who has been helping us determine the content of the block courses, if you would like to be involved please get in touch with us.
The expected start date we are working towards is Mid-2018. This is dependant on the qualification getting listed on the framework in the next month or two. This start date will be confirmed once we have an outcome from NZQA.
The current estimated annual cost per apprentice is approximately $3,000- $4,000 (this is a rough guide as it is dependent on the mix of training which is being developed) This cost will be updated and made more accurate as we have more detail.
To enrol in the apprenticeship you will need to find employment within an irrigation service company. INZ will be working with service companies to market the apprenticeship and help find young people and match them with interested companies.
Computenz will hold the qualification, and administer it. This means apprentices will enrol and form training agreements with them. INZ is driving the development and will deliver some of the block courses.
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