Training

Industry Training Scheme

The Radio Electronics Industry has not had a suitable Industry Training scheme since the demise of the RTC and NZCE in the 1990’s. While several Polytechnics have run Electronics Courses, there has not been a suitable Radio related training available.

RFUANZ had recognised this many years ago and tried to implement a recognised training program, unfortunately without much success.

The main problem has been the low number of participants available for a program, estimated to be in the order of 20 to 30 per year.  For an industry training program to get recognition, it needs substantially more participants, even the Auto Electrical trade is struggling with several hundred participants per year.

The breakthrough came when we started working with Gavin Bowden of Etec, an accredited industry training provider that was prepared to find a way for this training to become a reality.

The main stumbling block was overcome by accommodating our low numbers into already approved training courses, and Gavin with his industry knowledge was able to find a slot for us.

To accommodate our training into the Skills system our options were limited to:

NZ Certificate in Customer Premises Systems:

With Strands in:          

  • Structured Cabling
  • Control and Automation
  • Signal Reception and Distribution Systems
  • System Installation for Relocatable and / or Mobile Locations

Our industry slots in under System Installations for Relocatable and / or Mobile Locations.

With the program approved by Skills NZ, the final hurdle is being addressed with Skills having to approve this into the annual contract as a Variation and to ensure the Pre Moderation for the program approval is happening.

Notwithstanding this, the program should be all signed off soon and we can get on with an approved training program that is Govt subsidised such that the course cost of approx $3600  is 2/3 paid for by the Govt.

Standardised training is something that RFUANZ members frequently identify as an important element that is missing from the industry in New Zealand. Through working with The Skills Organisation RFUANZ can now enable this much needed training. The Skills Organisation works alongside New Zealand industries to develop skills by providing training management and support through their networks.

Click here to download a copy of the Electrotechnology Level 3 Course Content.

Register your interest in the training scheme here.