New Construction micro-credentials launched to encourage job seekers

BCITO | Te Pūkenga, in partnership with Waihanga Ara Rau – Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council, has launched several construction micro-credentials to provide learners with an opportunity to taste the trades.

The five new micro-credentials cover a range of introductory construction, joinery, renovation, demolition, onsite assembly, interior lining, and exterior cladding skills. BCITO | Te Pūkenga Group Manager of Te Kāhui Whakawhitinga, Greg Durkin said in the current uncertain economic environment and with an acute skills shortage in the wider building industry, these micro-credentials offer a welcoming foot in the door for those considering a career in construction.

“We have heard from our industry stakeholders that they need new and innovative ways to attract people into their workplaces. These micro-credentials offer learners an opportunity to see what a career in the trades could look like. The learning also counts towards an apprenticeship if the learner continues down that path.”

“The micro-credentials are also great for people who are considering a career switch, providing introductory bite sized bits of learning.”

The new micro-credentials take two to six months to complete. Assessment is undertaken online with a variety of online learning tools are available. Learners who complete the micro-credential will receive a Te Pūkenga certificate and NZQA credits.

The micro-credentials were developed with TEC funding. The micro-credentials are available for learners to enter now with BCITO, and other providers can apply to NZQA to provide the micro-credentials themselves.

The new micro-credentials available are:

  1. Basic Construction Skills (39 credits)
  2. Demolition & Renovation Skills (36 credits)
  3. Onsite Assembly Skills (32 credits)
  4. Introductory Interior Linings & Joinery Skills (25 credits)
  5. Introductory Exterior Envelope Skills (35 credits)

BCITO also has two additional micro-credentials available in kitchen installation and insulation installation.

Learner resources for the micro-credentials are available to providers free of charge by contacting Andrew Donohue at BCITO on: [email protected].

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