OCTOBER ASSESSOR NEWS
A note from Ashley
Welcome to the fourth quarter of 2020.
It’s been a big year for the Quality Assurance team, Connexis and all of you as well.
We have transitioned to a new database, moved away from the Portal, launched a new Learning Management System all the while dealing with a global pandemic. We are so proud of all of our assessors and moderator’s contribution to the industry and to Connexis as a whole, and although assessment numbers were down a little due to the lockdown there have been 36,264 assessments completed so far this year.
We look forward to continuing working with you for the remainder of 2020 and into 2021.
Quality Assurance Manager
Whats in the news?
Results Reporting Workbook
We have just sent out a new Workbook to ALL assessors with some minor administrative changes. Please ensure you delete your previously saved master copy and use this new version going forward.
With the change over to the new database now completed, all active assessors received an email which contained details of the change in the assessment reporting system, your new assessor number, the new Assessment Results Reporting Workbook, and a new Scope of Assessment. As new resources become available or qualifications change units, scopes will be updated and new versions of the Assessment Results in Reporting Workbook will be sent out. Again, Please ensure you delete your previously saved master copy and use this new version going forward.
If you need any assistance, please refer to the resources available on the Connexis website.
Learning Management System
As you know the Connexis Web Portal closed at the end of July when the new Learning Management System (LMS) was launched. You will have received an email with your new login details to this system from firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access all your Assessor Guides on the LMS. If you have not yet received this message with your login details, please email email@example.com.
Assessor and Moderator Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We have decided to postpone all Assessor Forums due to the Covid-19 pandemic and fluctuating alert levels. We urge all Connexis assessors to attend an Assessor Forum in 2021 to ensure that everyone has a chance to upskill and keep practices current. The Annual Moderators Meeting will be held virtually on the 19th of November. If you are a moderator, you should have each received your invitation. Please note we will be using Zoom to facilitate this meeting.
After much anticipation our moderations have recommenced! Please keep an eye on your mailboxes to see if you will be called. Have your assessment samples handy, all ready to send off to send to your allocated moderator. This is the cornerstone of our educative quality process, so we need full participation.
All RCC assessors should now have sent in at least two of your assessments for moderation. It is your responsibility to contact us to be allocated a moderator. If you need to do this, please contact QA for details of your moderator before sending the samples off to them.
LG News article – Government announces Free Trades Training scheme – a welcome boost for the Infrastructure Industry.
The scheme provides a platform for attracting keen new workers to build the required workforce capacity and capability to deliver on the pipeline of infrastructure projects. To view more information please click here. https://www.connexis.org.nz/news/freetradestraining-awelcomeboostforindustry/
Assessing Trainees in TTAF
At the beginning of August, we sent out information in regards to the Targeting Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) Assessor Policy. To view the policy please click here. Your CSAM will advise you if the trainee is eligible for TTAF and will supply you with the details for the invoice.
If you are assessing any trainees eligible for TTAF, please read this so the payment process will go smoothly.
Review of Vocational Education (RoVE) Update
The implementation of RoVe is progressing, but time frames for implementation have moved out some months.
The development of the Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) is progressing with the formal establishment of the WDC now to be more like February or March 2021.WDCs are a vital part of the process for industry as they set the standards, qualifications and delivery. Workforce Development Councils structure based on six vocational pathways. The Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council (WDC) interim Establishment Board has recently been appointed to work with industry to establish the Construction and Infrastructure WDC.
The second part of the reform process involves Te Pūkenga (formally theNew Zealand Institute of Technology -NZIST). We know that Te Pūkenga has the following elements:
All of on-job, on-line and on-campus modes of service delivery and assessment;
A structure that includes employer journey and learner journey deputy Chief Execs;
Subsidiaries that have campuses nationally, and the ability to deliver in all regions.
More information can be found at https://www.connexis.org.nz/rove/
While there are no longer restrictions for NZ on gatherings and there is more freedom to move around, we are being asked to remain vigilant. For the Government requirements around Level 1 please see https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-1/
A few key things to stay on top of:
- If you are sick, it is expected that you stay at home and if you have cold or flu symptoms call your GP
- Maintain good hygiene – handwashing for at least 20 seconds. Cough and sneeze into the elbow
- Face coverings are still recommended on public transport and in some workplaces
- Keep using the tracer App – it is just as important now to continue this practice
- Keep your distance
Our New RCC assessment process has been working very well with still a considerable number of candidates gaining qualifications due to their accomplished work experience, skills and knowledge.
All current RCC endorsed RCC assessors are being reviewed, as a number have not yet been able to complete training in the new RCC process. If an RCC assessor has not attended an RCC Workshop after October of 2018 their endorsement will be put on hold until they have attended RCC training to refresh and update their knowledge in the new process (which has some significant differences to the old RCC process). If you need to discuss this, please contact the QA Team.
We have recently reviewed our Connexis Resource Template and made several improvements based on feedback we’ve received.
The resource development team have worked closely with QA and the field team on making these changes to strengthen our assessment resources.
Please click here to find a brief summary of changes made, the content of the template has been updated as well as the look to align with the Connexis branding.
This template has now been published and we will be working our way through moving our current resources into the new template.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let the Resources team know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Assessor training dates released
We have just released two new Assessor Training dates, for Auckland and Wellington for
Wellington 17 & 18 November
Auckland 24 & 25 November
For more details visit the website> connexis.org.nz/assessment/#training
To ensure our qualifications, programmes and unit standards are fit for purpose, we are seeking your input for the following reviews:
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works L3
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Plant Operations L3
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Earthworks L3
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure L4 (Bitumen & Asphalt product manufacturing)
- NZ Diploma in Surveying (L4 & 6)
- NZ Certificate in Traffic Incident Response (L3)
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works – Single Site Supervision (L4)
- NZ Certificate in Hydrographic Surveying (L4)
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Earthworks, Road Construction and Road Maintenance) L4
- NZ Certificate in Infrastructure Works (Pipeline Construction and Maintenance) L4
- NZ Diploma in Asset Management (L6)