New qualification offers road to success

Francesca Emms Civil, News

The new New Zealand Certificate in Roadmarking (Level 3) offers workers the opportunity to have their skills recognised, while offering newcomers an important entry point into civil infrastructure careers.

With Roadmarking Level 2 and Roadmarking Level 4 already available, this new qualification offered through Connexis | Te Pūkenga gives learners a complete training pathway to gain national recognition for their skills, knowledge and abilities.

Roadmarking Level 3 is a 93-credit programme with an expected duration of 14 months, it involves the coordination of worksite tasks, safe operation of an applicator, and application of material and process knowledge. Workers who have completed Level 3 will be able to work under limited supervision and will be set up to move on to Level 4.

The completion of this programme will assist learners in gaining national recognition for their abilities, ensure they are working safely and to industry best practice, and support their career path.

Connexis executive director Kaarin Gaukrodger says not only does the new qualification recognise important skills that are critical to keeping traffic flowing safely around the country, it offers another recognised pathway into a career in civil construction that people may not previously have been aware of.

“Roadmarking is one of those crucial civil skills that almost everybody benefits from on the roads, but doesn’t have enough visibility in terms of the skills required or the career pathways it offers.

“These formal qualifications provide another door to enter a civil construction career, in an area newcomers may not have considered, or even been aware of previously.”

For those already experienced and working as road markers, Connexis offers an Advanced Portfolio Assessment (APA) pathway through Roadmarking Level 4 which utilises current experience to illustrate their knowledge and competence on-job to achieve the national qualification.

NZ Roadmarkers Federation Executive Chair Dominic Elder says roadmarking-specific qualifications provide the industry with the means to train staff to consistent levels.

“It also empowers our people to upskill and train for a career, or formally acknowledge their years of experience,” he says.

“Many of our staff left school with little or no qualifications and by completing an industry qualification, it offers them a second chance to recognise their abilities.

“We have seen a positive change in attitude by our employees and an increase in their self-esteem when they achieve a qualification. It also plants a seed for many and inspires them to take on new roles and responsibility.

“I would encourage everyone in the industry to investigate the possibilities these qualifications have to offer.”