Workforce Journey Indicators


02. 02. 2023 This is an update on the project

02. 03. 2023 This is another update on the project


The imminent changing landscape of the Temporary Traffic Management (TTM) industry in New Zealand will see the retirement of a long-standing system of accrediting workers and practitioners. This has triggered the formation of an industry-led Credentials Framework Governance Group, charged with developing and implementing a TTM-industry wide Credentials Framework to ensure the TTM industry is served by a comprehensive universal system for training and competency in the future. The model is intended to be structured around the NZ Qualifications Framework (NZQA) and has the support and contribution of Waihanga Ara Rau and Te Pukenga.

In order to initiate the development of this significant industry project – a range of evidentiary sources must be called on to ensure the best outcomes are met for industry, including (and especially) priority groups such as Māori, Pasifika, and Women. International (in TTM and other sectors), and national (in other sectors) research will generate significant knowledge to steer the targeted and meaningful development of the proposed TTM Credentials Framework.

International research into TTM training and competency frameworks allows for the garnering of pioneering lessons from abroad in an area that has had very little meaningful investigation in the New Zealand context to date. National research across other sectors ensures that any development in the TTM arena is done with the utmost focus on unique learner needs across priority groups. As the TTM sector mirrors the infrastructure sector with a high proportion of Māori and Pasifika (and increasingly women) – these groups need specific consideration throughout the design of this proposed framework which can be informed from previous work in other parallel sectors such as the wider construction sector, forestry or education.

This Project Concept proposes the commissioning of a research project to investigate the range of international and national examples of credentials frameworks and their components, principles, structures and strategies in order to inform the continued development of the TTM Credentials Framework for New Zealand.

It is intended this initial research will inform subsequent phases of development (and funding applications) involving action research for practical trialling of framework components such as a cyclical competency refresher system, the vocational support system for organic worker development (within organisations), an electronic accreditation system, and use of technology for training of high risks tasks in controlled environments. Each of these subsequent action research phases would be tied to and contingent on this initial proposed literature review and be informed by evidence garnered.

The development of this ‘whole-of-industry’ Credentials Framework for TTM marks an opportunity to drastically improve the outcomes for learners, employers and the travelling public with respect to roadwork safety. The implementation of this proposed framework should be founded on evidence-based lessons from complementary sectors and examples across the international landscape.

Project outcome:

Key drivers:Productivity ( How we learn)
Productivity ( What we learn)
Strategic themes:Innovation and Disruptive Technologies
Environmental Sustainability
Career Progression
Priority groups:This project will deliver better outcomes for all

Portfolio Manager:

Kylie Taffard
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