Design a new learning model that increases participation and outcomes for learners, employers, and industry.

Project Description
Research national and global current and emerging entry pathways into the various sectors and entry levels of the industry. Identify and understand the barriers for vocational learners entering, progressing and thriving in the sector, with consultation and consideration of priority groups.  Objectively measure results to develop and test the most equitable, efficient and attractive pathways for learners and employers.

Benefit to Construction and Infrastructure sector
Efficient and clearly defined entry pathways for various careers and entry levels within the industry will greatly reduce the time taken for employees to become productive and safe in the workplace. Accessible and equitable entry pathways linked to a reliable career framework will build trust with potential learners, particularly priority groups, and support employers to increase diversity of their workforce. This will provide improved returns on investment for learners and employers, make careers in the industry more attractive and encourage more employers to train.

Designing a new model will bring providers, employers, learners, and apprentices together.  They will be guided by an innovative new system that inspires and motivates all participants involved in the learning journey. As with all the projects, the Learning Project has a New Zealand Inc focus, bringing benefits to New Zealand’s economy, through Improved productivity and national pride in ‘growing our own’.

There is wide acknowledgement that the tertiary education system requires review as over time, changes to the work environment have resulted in an apprenticeship system that is sub-optimal and causing a decline in employer engagement.  

The Entry Project will fundamentally reform prioritised job or sub-sector entry level training for the construction and infrastructure industries through significantly decreasing the time it takes for workers to be engaged in meaningful paid employment. A completely new approach to the traditional division of responsibilities between training providers, in-work supervisors, mentors, ancillary support services and funding, is required.

The underpinning principles of the Construction & Infrastructure Learning Model include:

  1. Outcomes will benefit all of the Construction and Infrastructure industry
  2. Decrease the time before workers can be engaged in meaningful, paid employment, making the career choice more attractive and providing a quicker financial return for the employer
  3. Learning support will be designed for when the learner needs it, no sooner, no later. On-time just-in-time, but throughout their career journey.
  4. The learning model will have a high level of experiential learning, high-tech and work-based learning experiences with flexibility in its approach.

The essence of this work is about bringing together connections, working with employers, community and iwi as partners – resulting in a new Learning Model that puts learners, employers and communities at the heart.

The Learning Project will propose a new model of entry level training and qualifications for prioritised job types, addressing impediments to workforce productivity. An economic and participation level impact assessment of the recommended model, an estimated operating budget and Transition Plan to move from current arrangements to the new model will also be developed.

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