Wed 8 Jul 2020

New options in construction

WITT’s now offering more Construction options than ever, from a pre-trade course suitable for those with zero building experience, to on-job training and diploma-level study that will suit those already in the industry.

Starting in Trimester 2, the new programmes will support those working in the building industry to have their skills recognised with a formal qualification, and potentially move into the management side of construction.

The Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying will start at the end of July, with classes in the evenings so that learners are still able to work full-time.

Director of WITT’s School of Trades Training, Primary and Creative Industries, Daniel Fuemana said the programme is perfect for people already in the industry, particularly those wanting to work as construction managers or quantity surveyors.

“There are a lot of people out there who have done procurements, or carpenters who are already acting as supervisors or project managers in their day to day jobs,” he said. “They’re just missing the qualifications to back up those skills.

“It’s a great time for those already working to take the opportunity to upskill, especially since students starting in July get to study for free.”

Daniel said that WITT’s also moving into managed apprenticeships that centre around on-job learning, delivering the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Trade), a Level 4 qualification delivered in partnership with UCOL.

“This qualification is for those already employed in the building industry, so they could be a labourer, handyman or builders’ hand,” Daniel said. “The practical work is covered by regular on-site visits from our apprentice managers, with the theory component delivered in block courses to fit around full-time work. So, it’s another good option to upskill for those already working.

“By chipping away at a qualification while on the job, learners are really increasing their earning potential.”

The Level 4 qualification is a good next step for those that have completed the pre-trade qualification at WITT, the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3.

To find out more about Trades and Construction programmes at WITT, visit www.witt.ac.nz/Courses/Trades-and-Construction.