August 19th, 2011
Level 6 NZDE qualifications launched
The Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) and the New Zealand Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED) celebrated the launch of the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) and the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) last week.
The NZDE and NZDEP are key outcomes of the National Engineering Education Plan (NEEP) project. Competenz project manager, Bill Sole, is on the NZBED board and has been actively working with all key stakeholders on the Engineering Practice developments over the last two years.
The NZDE is an applied academic qualification offered through a number of Tertiary Education Organisations, whilst the NZDEP is a work-based qualification achieved on-the-job through an Industry Training Organisation.
Students can choose to complete the NZDE full time and then enrol in the NZDEP once they commence work, or take advantage of increasing numbers of industry cadetship programmes, which enable concurrent progress towards both qualifications while working.
Forecasts predict a sustained demand for increasing numbers of skilled technicians, particularly in the infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, both of which are central to the future prosperity of New Zealand.
For some time, industry has been calling for technician-level qualifications that combine quality academic study to national standards with rigorous assessment of practical skills.
“The unified New Zealand Diplomas in Engineering and Engineering Practice are practical qualifications which is why we have branded it as a Hands On Career,” says Fulton Hogan Group Civil Engineer Lindsay Crossen.
“Technician qualifications have proven to be a good place to commence a successful career and employees with knowledge and practical experience have measurable benefits in both quality and productivity."
The Diplomas were developed in response to research that suggests New Zealand needs to triple the number of engineering technicians to achieve an “innovation led economy."
A true partnership between industry and the education sector, both are internationally benchmarked and offer majors in Mechanical, Civil and Electrical engineering.
Pictured - The Hon. Dr Nick Smith congratulating recent graduate Scott Payne from Fulton Hogan Ltd, Dunedin at the launch of the new engineering qualifications.