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Our Tools4Work programme: helping build industry skills

Our Tools4Work resources help teachers prepare secondary students for a career in Engineering, Forestry, Furniture, Wood Manufacturing, Apparel, Journalism and Printing while they achieve their national standards. Our resources give students practical projects that build basic skills in their relevant industry discipline. 

2019 Schools Handbook

Consent to Assess for Furniture unit standards is now available!

As of 29 March 2016, all secondary schools have Consent to Assess for all unit standards up to Level 2 in the Furniture Operations and Furniture Making domains.

Our Careers team visit schools regularly to ensure Competenz unit standards continue to be delivered at a high standard. All schools are subject to Competenz provider moderation requirements as per our Annual Moderation Plan.

In relation to assessment requirements for unit standards 18909 'Set and operate a basic planing machine to produce simple wooden furniture components' and 18892 'Operate a computer-controlled edge-bander', the commercial requirements of the unit standards have been simulated by schools to date. Unit standards that are required to be assessed on-the-job, will be assessed in conjunction with Gateway placements and/or where on-the-job opportunities are available.

Resources for our furniture units are available on our resources page.

Building trade skills in the Far North

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Our careers team works with school careers and transition advisers to promote the benefits of workplace training and careers in the trades and forestry. Increasingly, we also work with employers seeking apprentices, to identify and place young learners who will meet their needs.

In a predominantly rural, Māori community with high unemployment, Kaitaia College has made a commitment to developing trade skills that serve its students well in local industry and beyond.

The secondary school has been involved in our Competenz Tools4Work programme since its launch in 2006, and its teachers are big believers in giving students the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’.

Students can earn National Certificate credits towards their NCEA in mechanical and auto engineering, and construction skills.

“Kaitaia College is doing really well with Tools4Work,” says Brian Lane, Competenz careers advisor. “They have new facilities and their students are responding well to the hard work their teachers put in.”

While practical workspaces have fallen by the wayside at other schools, Kaitaia College has invested in a new technology block with a workshop, full garage, hospitality suite and classrooms.

It also takes a ‘whole of school’ approach to delivering the programme. For example, to cover some units, maths teachers move into the workshop where they can teach trade-related calculations in context.

Schools with strong Māori and Pasifika communities tend to do well with Tools4Work, observes Brian. A communal culture translates into students working
together and learning from one other.

“It’s not just about developing trade skills, but life skills as well,” Brian says. “Students need discipline and extra reassurance to help build their confidence and develop a strong work ethic.”

Racing towards qualifications: three students experience life in the pits

The practical, hands-on skills gained from our Tools4Work programme are helping secondary students make their dream of working for one of New Zealand’s leading V8 SuperTourer teams a reality.

Hear Dylan Ayre from Tauhara College talk about his experience in the JMR Racing Pit Crew and how Tools4Work helped him get here.

Click here to read more.