A more effective model of support for Māori Level 4 Carpentry apprentices – reducing the time it takes to get qualified

Using kaupapa Māori interventions, this project was targeted at improving the support and delivery of carpentry apprenticeships for Māori, thereby increasing the number of qualified Māori builders

Māori How we learn (Productivity)

The issue 

In the Te Pūkenga – Whitireia WeTec context, Kaupapa Māori informed support is provided to ākonga Māori to complete their pre-trade Carpentry qualification resulting in equity levels of achievement for these ākonga. However, upon transitioning to the qualifying level of the Carpentry qualification, the level of support provided has not resulted in ākonga Māori becoming qualified to levels needed by whānau, hapū, and iwi Māori.   

Intended outcomes 

  • To develop an evidence base for the development of interventions that will lead to more effective support and delivery of carpentry apprenticeships for ākonga Māori.  
  • To synthesise this evidence base to develop a set of interventions, that work in the real world, to support ākonga Māori more effectively through their carpentry apprenticeship.  
  • To test the efficacy of these interventions and their ability to reduce the gap in completion times between Māori and non-Māori carpentry apprentices.  
  • To increase the number of qualified Māori builders as a result of an improved support model.  
  • To provide an alternative, culturally preferred model of apprenticeship that results in more qualified Māori builders.   

The steps 

  • Step 1: To examine the current support model for ākonga Māori who are completing a Level 4 qualification in Carpentry to better understand how the model could be improved to be more effective.  
  • Step 2: Use the insights gained from Step 1 to inform the design and implementation of a set of interventions in Phase Two of the project.  
  • Step 3: To accurately understand the efficacy of the interventions used in Phase Two to provide the basis of an alternative, culturally preferred apprenticeship model that delivers better outcomes for iwi-Māori.   

The interventions are framed within kaupapa Māori, which is more likely to be effective with ākonga Māori. It is research carried out by Kairangahau Māori for the direct benefit of ākonga Māori and their whānau.  

Project Status: Complete

Contract Research Organisation: Te Pūkenga – Whitireia WeTec 

Kylie Taffard

Kylie Taffard