New Army Training And Qualifications
New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
28 November 2007
New Army Training And Qualifications Benefit Civilian Industries
Trade training in the New Zealand Army will align with best practice in civilian industry under a new agreement between the Army and industry training organisation Tranzqual.
Under the agreement NZQA and industry qualification recognition will be given to around 500 personnel serving in driving and logistics roles within the Army.
Tranzqual and driving and logistic industry experts will work with the Army’s training schools to review existing training and assessment material to confirm what will be achieved on Army courses and what needs to be assessed in the workplace.
After that assessment the Army and Tranzqual will develop learning and assessment resources, endorse workplace assessors and support trainee certification and credit reporting.
Major Ian Bateman, head of Industry Training and Vocational Qualifications for the Army, said the agreement gave the Army the confidence its training was aligned with and at least the equivalent of industry standards.
“It proves that the Army is a very good employment option for prospective logistic and driving career recruits.
“The Army is committed to its people and developing their skills, this partnership with Tranzqual underlines that commitment and will provide an excellent retention incentive for our personnel.
“In time we hope to work with Tranzqual to more effectively recognise the higher military standards and competencies gained and demonstrated by our personnel,” Major Bateman said.
Tranzqual CEO Wayne Smith welcomes the positive impact the strategic partnership agreement will have. It establishes a national framework that will also benefit New Zealand’s civilian commercial transport fleet and logistics services. “As we add and improve training and qualifications to meet the Army’s exacting requirements, these qualifications will become available to non-Army trainees too” he says.