Out of the interest of the safety and wellbeing of our stakeholders and BCITO staff, this year's March NAG meetings were cancelled. This, however, did not stop the group from getting together and a meeting taking place virtually via Zoom. The NAG meeting took place on 7 April and was a very worthy exercise with an adjusted agenda focussing more on the current events.
Three key discussion points to come out of the Resin NAG meeting were:
New learning tools connecting apprentices, training advisors and employers
BCITO has purchased a standalone Learning Management System (LMS) called CANVAS. Using this system, apprentices can upload evidence, access resources, communicate achievements, and ask questions of their training advisors (TA). They can self-test their knowledge by taking an industry-specific quiz, watch educational videos. Employers can "speak" to work presented, verify its authenticity, share observations, and helpful insights all done remotely across a range of devices.
Current learning material, resources with some clever bits are being uploaded, and access for the apprentice and employer will be via a unique login through the myBCITO portal.
If a Training Advisor can't get onto a site, they can still connect, and the apprentices learning progresses. CANVAS is in pilot with 80 Carpentry apprentices, and we will look at rolling it out across sectors shortly.
A decision was made to develop a surface preparation qualification and complete the planning and design qualification this was not originally in BCITO’s pipeline. This decision is beneficial to the Resin qualification. The surface preparation qualification has four strands: concrete polishing, mechanical preparation for flooring surfaces, moisture treatment, and underlayments all delivered and assessed on the job.
In the past, there was one strand out of a range in the flooring qualification dedicated to Resin. The proposal - Resin will standalone as the NZ Certificate in Resin flooring. It's no longer sufficient to have a qualification solely in Resin flooring; we have to credential into strands e.g., trowel-applied resin mortar or flow applied finishes. Employers can be confident in knowing exactly what proficiency an applicator has.
Work in the pipeline and technology
It may be a cliché but nothing has indicated we're stopping, industries we service have to keep up with international standards and continue to export, they have to have the confidence that someone is able to deliver the work and keep plants open.
Business transformation is ongoing, focus on profit, and levels of involvement. Using time to focus on people, processes and channels of communication taking all administration and communication to the cloud.
We would like to thank all NAG members for giving up their time in the current environment to contribute to such a productive meeting.
PRESS RELEASE 14 MAY 2020 - Speaking today after the announcement of the Budget and the $1.6 billion Trades and Apprenticeships Training Package, Warwick Quinn, BCITO Chief Executive congratulated the Government.
Summary of meeting held April 2020.