The Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) prides itself on delivering industry solutions based on technical expertise. Each year the association offers one and two-day training courses in which NZQA Unit Standards relating to concrete can be gained. These courses complement the on-job training an employer imparts every day as part of offering apprenticeships with BCITO.
If you’re an employer with around 8-10 people at your business who would benefit from attending, CCANZ will now come to you and deliver the courses on-site.
Joe Gamman, Education & Development Manager at CCANZ says, “We have videos on our YouTube channel that are complementary to the courses. These are freely available and you can watch them in your own time at your own place. We’ve found this resource is a really interesting angle – we’ve had more than 25,000 views and I’m big in the Philippines apparently. We’ve also had academics in New Zealand tell us that their American colleagues are using them for training purposes. We didn’t see that coming!”
The three courses, covering different topics, all involve a mixture of theory, practice, and group discussion. Industry standards and how they relate to both construction and testing methods are some of the key features.
Concrete Construction (2 days)
- Introduction to concrete
- Properties of fresh and hardened concrete
- Site practice
Concrete Laboratory Testing (1 day) – next course to be held in Christchurch on 21 October 2016
- Tests on fresh concrete
- Tests on hardened concrete
Concrete Technology (1 day) – next course to be held in Christchurch on 22 October 2016
- Introduction to NZ and Australian Standards
- Admixtures for concrete
- Concrete mix design principles
- Test for concrete raw materials
CCANZ offers these courses three times per year in Auckland and Christchurch, and recently began delivering them on-site at single workplaces for group participants. You don't need to be a member of CCANZ to enrol in one of their courses, but members do receive a discounted rate.
Joe says, “We get really good discussions going between the participants about why they do things as standard practice and are able to link these back to the industry standards and chemistry involved. Often there are technicians attending along with people in non-technical roles such as drivers and batchers. Scheduling a course in your own workplace specifically for your own team is a great way to develop communication between these differing roles who might not otherwise have time to discuss how things and done and why".firstname.lastname@example.org
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