Employers

Industry involvement is vital to the Engineering e2e Programme. As employers in the industry, you are uniquely placed to attract and support engineering students in New Zealand. By helping to show students the potential of engineering careers, and equipping them with the skills they need to gain employment, more graduates will be work ready in the areas you need them. Here are some case studies which show bright ideas and successful strategies for linking the engineering industry to students and educators. If you want more information or support, contact us on ENGINEERINGE2E@TEC.GOVT.NZ. And if you have a success story to share, we want to hear from you!

Employer Links Case Studies

Engineers

Canterbury Engineering Education Hub
A feasibility study into regional engineering education hubs recommended the establishment of a pilot hub focused on the electrical engineering sector. Read More…

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Using micro-credentials to address a skills shortage
Following a feasibility study evaluating their use as a tool to address skills shortages, micro-credentials aimed at increasing the supply of infrastructure asset managers will be launched this year. Read More…

Ensuring engineering graduates are well prepared for employment

Ensuring engineering graduates are well prepared for employment
Engineering employers and educators are enthusiastic about collaborating to ensure NZDE and BEngTech graduates have the competencies and capabilities they’ll need in an evolving workplace. Read More…

Potential win win for all involved in new industry education relationship

Potential win-win for all involved in new industry-education relationship
A new WelTec and Haas Factory Outlet New Zealand (HFO-NZ) relationship has got off to a great start with events for industry, school teachers and secondary school students. Read More…

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Developing a qualification by industry for industry
Concerned about a shortage of fire engineers, fire technicians, fire industry professionals and the lack of a clear career pathway, the Institution of Fire Engineers set about change. With support from Engineering e2e and in collaboration with MIT, it helped develop a new diploma course, and is developing micro-credentials in collaboration with other polytechnics. Read More…

New employer led engineering pathway

A new employer-led engineering pathway
Engineering employers have played a key role in developing a new pathway into engineering – the degree apprenticeship – with some are already committed to sponsoring apprentices in the 2019 pilot programme. Read More…

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Recruiting NZDE and BEngTech graduates
What are the benefits of employing NZDE and BEngTech-qualified engineers? We asked four companies why they recruit staff with these qualifications. Read More…

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NZ engineers use practical skills in international collaboration
"NASA has rocket scientists; and New Zealand has practical engineers who are working with them to create the future." Read More…

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Geotechnical Testing Technician
Geotechnical testing technician Dave Pollard holds both a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) and the earlier New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE) in Civil Engineering. Read More…

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The NZDEP - a logical next step
For Jose Moreno, doing a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP) is just a logical next step in his engineering career. Read More…

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Taking a long-term view to recruitment
Pertronic Industries is launching a pilot internship programme for secondary school students and has employed a school leaver on a special short-term contract. It's all part of the company's long-term view to recruitment; providing experience and encouraging tertiary study in the hope that graduates will return to where they started. Read More…

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A strong focus on industry and being 'work ready'
Control systems engineer David Hale has come a long way since graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) twelve years ago – he's now a partner in Controlweb, a company set up with a friend and colleague. Read More…

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Starting a cadetship programme
Waikato District Council's new cadetship programme is focused on starting small, with two Wintec students to be employed in 2018. The council will increase the number of cadets in the following two years, and is considering how the initiative could be expanded in the future. Read More…

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A pilot sponsored degree programme
Engineering employers played a key role in developing an Infrastructure Asset Management standard for a pilot sponsored (degree apprenticeship) programme. It is aimed at filling a recruitment gap and catering in particular to the needs of rural New Zealand and school leavers. Read More…

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Employing BEngTech grads
An engineering colleague 'stumbling across' a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) student led Don Thomson Consulting Engineers to consider the qualification for the first time - and then employ three BEngTech graduates. Read More…

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Fostering our Future
New Zealand's public works sector faces an unprecedented skills shortage over the next ten years. In response, the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) New Zealand is working closely with the tertiary education sector on a pilot sponsored degree programme and connecting with initiatives which promote STEM careers to school students. Read More…

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Hutt STEMM Festival: helping raise awareness of engineering
Hutt City Council's STEMM Festival helps highlight the work of local engineering employers and promotes career opportunities to school students. Read More…

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Connecting three sectors to promote engineering pathways
NorthTec, with three partner schools, is developing a series of 'taster' engineering experiences, involving industry speakers, for Year 10 to 13 students. In 2018, Year 13 students will have the option of beginning a Level 6 tertiary qualification while still at school. Read More…

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Neighbourhood Engineer mentors students
A group of Piripiri School students didn't know much about engineering until they started a Transpower Neighbourhood Engineers Awards project. After working with mentor Shruthi Nair, some are now considering a future in engineering. Read More…

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One employer makes a big impact
A school-industry partnership set up to encourage girls into engineering shows the impact one company can make. About half of the students involved in Pacific Aluminium's programme have gone on to study engineering. Read More…

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Collaborating to promote engineering
Following a successful Week of Engineering in Wellington, a cross-industry group is already planning for next year's schools programme and public open day. "We'd like to roll it out to other centres," says Eliza Sutton from Opus, "but we need to find local advocates to get the initiative moving in other regions." Read More…

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Shadow Tech Day - Bringing school students into the workplace
Secondary school students taking STEM subjects often don't know about roles and opportunities in the technology and engineering sectors. Shadow Tech Day provides a simple framework for industry mentors to give individual students an insight into their work. Read More…

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Week of Engineering - linking to Engineering e2e's public awareness campaign
A small group of Wellington engineers agreed that promoting engineering can be done more effectively if companies collaborate rather than go it alone – so, they’re linking their new initiative to Engineering e2e’s public awareness campaign. Read More…

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Why employ Bachelor of Engineering Technology graduates?
Why does Harrison Grierson employ Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) graduates? Managing Director Glen Cornelius explains that there are several advantages for the company. Read More…

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Supporting staff onto an engineering pathway
It’s easy to think about careers promotion in terms of school leavers, but potential engineers can also be found in the existing workforce. James Tala enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) programme after being encouraged by his employer to consider tertiary study. Read More…

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Supporting schools to teach electronics
A Waikato initiative highlights the importance of engaging young students with engineering. A group of engineers combined their enthusiasm for promoting engineering with selling an educational product. Read More…

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Promoting diversity brings rewards – good retention rates and a fresh way of approaching work challenges
They’re doing some great things at Abley Transportation Consultants. We talked to Managing Director Steve Abley about the company's commitment to ensuring diversity of staff and the benefits that brings. Read More…

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Creating work-ready plus graduates
Engineering employers trialled a Professional and Graduate Capability Framework at a recent Engineering e2e workshop in Wellington. Using the framework as a basis for discussion, they considered the capabilities valued by their industries and the engineering sector. Read More…

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Industry involvement in NZDE course
Education/industry collaboration benefits all parties involved, so Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) has actively engaged with local employers while delivering the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (NZDE) Civil programme. For Paul Duffy, a member of the Cadet Steering Group at Downer, this provided an opportunity to contribute to the programme and also trial a different method of delivering academic learning for his cadets. Read More…

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Mentoring Pasifika engineering students
How can educators and employers encourage young Pasifika people into engineering pathways and support them to achieve? We talked to Winston Hiliau, Pacific Mentor for Unitec’s Civil Engineering Department, about his role. Read More…

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Practice-based learning
Researchers talked to construction apprentices, engineering cadets and general practice registrars for Knowing Practice – a research project on practice-based learning. Regardless of their individual backgrounds in the construction, engineering or medical sectors, participants made similar comments about significant learning experiences in the workplace and making the connection between theory and practice. Read More…

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Employers sponsoring engineering research
Staying ahead when it comes to innovation isn’t easy, especially when you’re involved in the fast-moving ICT industry. Throw in a worldwide shortage of engineers and it becomes even trickier. Read More…

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Informing the public about engineering
A local project can make a great springboard to inform the public about engineering. We look at how the Well-Connected Alliance (WCA) publicised the engineering involved in the Waterview Connection project, and consider how other employers could do something similar. Read More…

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Alternative pathway to Clinical Engineering
Following last year’s case study about a proposed new qualification – a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering in Clinical Engineering – this month we look at an alternative pathway via existing programmes. Read More…

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Industry Advisory Groups: a collaborative approach to engineering
For two spheres which are so closely related, the institutions people study at and the places of work they move on to can seem worlds apart. But when industry and tertiary education organisations (TEOs) work together the benefits for everyone are obvious. Read More…

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Retaining experienced staff in engineering: Karen's story
Karen Batt works part time as Manager – International Development for Standards Australia. She has been working for the organisation for 12 years, and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Environmental Engineering and a Masters in International Relations. Read More…

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Final year project opens doors for BEngTech graduate
Les Poynter’s award-winning robot project for his Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech) degree has opened up a lot of doors. He’s now enjoying his role as electrical engineer in a consultancy company, and is busy creating another two models of the robot in response to demand. Read More…

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Supporting cadets on successful engineering pathways
Having run a successful cadetship programme for some years, in 2013 Downer decided to extend its support for cadets and align the scheme with the degree graduate programme. Here we present Downer’s re-vamped cadetship scheme, and the newly inclusive ‘Young Professionals’ group. Read More…

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Raising awareness of Temporary Works Engineering
The scaffolding industry is trying to raise awareness of its urgent need for temporary works engineers and careers in this field. Many students, graduates and even experienced engineers aren't aware of the opportunities and demand in temporary works engineering. Read More…

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Initiative encourages Māori career progression
Fulton Hogan’s commitment to encouraging career development and leadership amongst its Māori workforce has led to the establishment of a role specifically designed to implement change. Read about the great work of their Kaitiaki - Māori Engagement and Strategy is doing to support Māori to succeed. Read More…

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Why offer a scholarship? Here are some good reasons
Scholarships provide support to tertiary students, are a promotional tool and a recruitment strategy. We checked in with consulting firm Fraser Thomas to learn about how scholarships work for them. Read More…

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Internships: A win-win for students and your organisation
The great thing about internships is that they’re versatile – you can make them work for you. Done well, it's a win-win situation. Read More…

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Engineering Industry Big Day Out: Connecting industry and schools
An Engineering Industry Big Day Out this year helped connect industry and schools in Gisborne. Read More…

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Industry-Provider collaboration: New Zealand Diploma of Engineering in Clinical Engineering
The Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with industry, has developed a new engineering qualification – the New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (NZDE) in Clinical Engineering. Read More…

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Who better to teach engineering students than industry experts?
In this case study Mike Mullany, Head Tutor of NorthTec's NZDE (Civil), talks about the collaborative tutoring programme he set up. Eight out ten tutors are specialists employed in the engineering industry, giving students a fantastic learning experience and bringing industry and educators closer together. Read More…

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Retaining experienced staff in engineering: Natasha's story
Read about how Generation Engineer Natasha Keedwell works part-time while raising her young children. We cover her role and expertise within Trustpower, the arrangements she made with management to work flexible hours, and advice for employers keen to negotiate flexible positions with staff. Read More…

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Defining engineering roles by qualification
What skills can your engineering employees offer? It’s important to have a sense of the skills your employees with different qualifications bring to your organisation. Read More…

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From luck to choice – the steps to a career in Engineering
Should your options in life really come down to luck? We don’t think so. Read More…

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Cadetships – an answer to NZ’s skills shortage?
The first civil engineering cadet scheme was started by the Public Works Department in 1894. The cadetship scheme eventually involved 300 to 400 cadets per year throughout the public sector. Read More…