NZ Marine ITO now one of only 11 industry training organisations
The world of industry training has evolved over the years and the Ministry of Education (MoE) recently undertook a full review of the sector. This has resulted in the reduction of the number of Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) which now sees NZ Marine ITO one of only 11 remaining ITOs. This is a direct reflection on our high performance over the years as an industry-led organisation.
In 2014 the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) introduced New Zealand Apprenticeships (NZAs) to highlight the importance of industry training and the need to attract more people into apprenticeship training to support the growth of the New Zealand economy. Significantly, the NZA model is based on the same model NZ Marine ITO has being using since 2002. The TEC has also provided further incentives for industry training through a short-term re-boot subsidy; a $1000 subsidy supporting both employer and apprentice to cover the initial cost of training. This opportunity ends on 31 December 2014.
NZ Marine ITO continues to support the marine and composites sectors by ensuring training is relevant and industry-led through the qualifications and programmes offered. Marine and composites qualifications are currently going through a government-initiated review process which will be completed in 2015 and will provide greater opportunities and higher career pathways within these sectors.
Succeeding through the Industry Training Partnership model
In 2014 NZ Marine ITO introduced the apprentice self-funding model (ASF). This is where apprentices now invest in their full cost of training, which includes the annual administration fees, resources (study notes), off-job training and a completion fee for credit reporting. It’s important to note that NZ Marine ITO continues to support the cost of training apprentices by providing up to 50% in subsidies. This has meant programme costs are calculated at the time of signing a training agreement, where an agreement is entered between the employer and apprentice to collect weekly contributions during the apprenticeship. Depending on the training programme the cost is generally between $18 – $24 per week, probably less then what an apprentice spends on lunch in a week!
NZ Marine works closely with employers to ensure they get the best from industry training. A good example is Buccaneer Boats, which:
Has a dedicated apprentice coordinator/trainer. This is important as it ensures that apprentices are supported/mentored to stay on track with their learning requirements. They succeed faster by gaining the knowledge and skills required through study notes and day to day work experience.
All work is verified and checked by the company, including study notes. This ensures that the apprentice meets the expected industry standard so that the company has confidence in the level of competency of its people.
This company uses the apprentice self-funding model as it ensures the apprentice has an investment in their apprenticeship. This also allows the company greater flexibility in how it can reward the apprentice for good performance. This can be done through pay increases, bonuses, or incentives on completion of training.
This company actively uses the High School “Gateway” programme where students work one day a week for work experience. This has proved highly beneficial as the company has recently recruited two apprentices through this programme.
This company uses the NZ Marine ITO limited credit programme (LCP), where potential apprentices are first trialled on this programme at no cost to the employer to see if they are suitable for the full apprenticeship.
The company ensures that each apprentice attains the full range of knowledge/skills by ensuring they spend sufficient time in each department. This offers both employer and apprentice options, flexibility and adaptability in the longer term.
This suite of initiatives at Buccaneer Boats has resulted in producing highly competent people over the years, where some have moved on to leadership roles or into running their own businesses.
If you would like to learn more about any of these initiatives please contact NZ Marine ITO, Chris van der Hor, General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org