June 8th, 2012
Quality pathways for quality learners
Competenz is to roll out ‘Competenz Accredited,’ its new training benchmark to qualifying schools offering the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 2
(NCME L2) from mid 2012.
Starting in 2013, schools offering the NCME L2 can be assessed, and schools reaching the agreed national standard will be awarded the Competenz Accredited stamp. Competenz Accredited tells prospective employers that students graduating from these schools are being prepared to a level that meets industry expectations – so employers can rest easy, knowing that a year two apprentice has had the same quality tuition whether they prepared at school or on-the-job.
Bill Sole from Competenz says, “It should make it easier for industry to recruit the right kinds of candidates. It will give employers reassurance about the capability, knowledge and expertise of the students coming out of this programme.” Competenz Accredited schools are expected to become feeder schools for industry as they will be more easily recognised as quality providers of the NCME L2.
The engineering industry will also have input into assessing schools. A representative from a local engineering company will accompany the Competenz assessor to the school being assessed, allowing industry to have first-hand input into the process of selecting qualifying schools. Peter Smith from RPM International Tool and Die says, “This is a fantastic initiative. Currently students leave school with skills that are way out of date. Schools need to work with us to reach an agreed standard of tuition.”
And for Competenz, it won’t just end with the stamp of approval. Competenz will build strong ongoing relationships with all Competenz Accredited schools to ensure standards remain as they were when the school first qualified. They will also provide high quality resources for use by schools and students.
And when it comes time for students to enter industry, Competenz will help facilitate introductions between these students and industry, developing pathways between quality students at year two level and companies needing apprentices