A new Certificate in Electrical Engineering is the ideal stepping stone for Aucklanders keen to break into the trade. Delivered at NZMA in Otahuhu, it’s the perfect gateway into an electrical apprenticeship and a successful career in the construction industry.
Launching in June, the full-time Level 3 course will take just 25 weeks (subject to NZQA approval), and is a healthy mix of practice and theory. Students will learn everything from basic electrical theory and concepts, safe-working practices and relevant legislation, to knowledge of the New Zealand electricity supply and how to draw and interpret electrical diagrams. They will also be exposed to industry, meet potential employers, and gain vital work experience. After successfully completing the programme, those who want to become qualified electricians can gain their Level 4 whilst working.
“Our Level 3 Certificate in Electrical Engineering will give graduates a huge head start on their journey to becoming registered electricians,” said Mark Worsop, Divisional General Manager for the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group.
The programme is being launched following the success of NZMA’s Level 4 Certificate in Building, which is also offered in partnership with Wintec, and is delivered at the provider’s South Auckland Trades Campus. Now in its fourth year, over 80% of students have successfully completed the programme – an impressive result considering over 60% of them came to NZMA as beneficiaries and over 50% had no formal qualifications for this particular programme. Many of these graduates have now been snapped up as apprentices, hammer hands, and in other construction-related roles.
“Employment is one of NZMA’s key strengths and work-readiness is a major focus of all of our training. We have specialised careers teams who work with industry to get our students into the right roles for long-term career success. Last year we placed over 2000 students into employment.”
Plans are now in the pipeline for the delivery of other trades training at NZMA. Given the current shortage of skilled tradespeople, that’s great news for the construction industry.