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September 6th, 2012

Key found to National Certificate in Locksmithing

It was a question feared by many: was the National Certificate in Locksmithing soon to be no more? That’s why Competenz, in partnership with the NZ Locksmithing Industry, began searching for an answer. Competenz believed the key lay in supporting the trade and the qualification with more economically viable training options. As a result, the current training plan has been re-worked to bring locksmithing in to line with other qualifications in the engineering sector. This will mean the foundation skills and the underpinning knowledge are learnt on the job in the first year. This forms the pre-requisite training an apprentice needs so they can attend an off-job block course in their second and third year. Apprentices will no longer have to travel to Melbourne for block courses. The courses will be offered in New Zealand, which has been the wish of the locksmithing industry for some time. To make this possible, Competenz has secured a venue in Albany, on Auckland’s North Shore, where block courses will be taught by a world class trainer. “It’s all positive news,” says Competenz Industry Manager Steve Brooks. “But Competenz needs the support of the industry and it’s in everyone’s interest to make this work. The qualification is up for review in 2013, and with such low numbers entering training – just 15 at the time of writing – it isn’t sustainable.” The review is part of as part of the Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ). An NZQA initiative, TRoQ aims to reduce the number of qualifications on New Zealand’s qualifications framework, and ensure New Zealand’s qualifications remain relevant to employers and learners alike. “Having a National Certificate in Locksmithing is essential,” adds Steve. “So it’s vital industry stakeholders understand how the TRoQ system will work, and how they can have their say.” For more information on TRoQ go to competenz.org.nz. If you’re interested in taking on an apprentice, or want to know more, contact your local Competenz Account Manager. Alternatively, contact Steve Brooks at s.brooks@competenz.org.nz or on (06) 353 1090.