Step 2: Set up and deliver the training

 Our qualifications are made up of NZQA-approved unit standards (competencies). To complete a qualification, staff need to demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge to meet each unit standard.  

Setting up the right systems and processes to train and assess your staff is critical.   

We've developed a range of resources and support to help you with delivering on-job qualifications. Whether you're a workplace with little or no formal training in place, or a workplace that has its own comprehensive internal training, we've got on-job training and assessment tools to suit you.  

Before the training starts

Before your staff undertake a qualification, we'll help you to work out:  

How the qualification will be delivered to staff 

This may involve the day-to-day work of staff, some self-directed learning, formal training plans, workshops, events and work experience opportunities.

How your training will be assessed 

Assessment is a key part of industry training - it's how staff demonstrate they have picked up the required knowledge and skills

It can involve using evidence verifiers, assessors based in the workplace, or contracted assessors.  

When we first sit down together, we'll figure out what will work best for you and your staff.  

Getting the right training and assessment resources 

Our role isn't to develop learning resources - because the learning is guided by the employer, on the job. Instead, we put together resources that help workplaces with the assessment process.

We provide different types of resources to help your training and assessment, depending on what you need. These can include:  

Off-the-shelf resources

We develop generic assessment material for our qualifications, which you can use to assess your staff. Sometimes we also have some learning material that goes along with our qualifications   

Benchmarking of workplace training resources

If you've got pretty comprehensive training and assessment materials and systems already, there's no need to reinvent the wheel. We can have a look at your material and compare it to the qualification requirements. Your training and assessment could be recognised as meeting the requirements of the qualification already, or it might need just a few tweaks.  

Customisation of Skills Active resources

We can also help by making our resources look, feel and sound like your workplace, so they are easier to use in your existing training systems.  

Getting ready to start

Once the training and assessment has been set up, we can sign your staff up to our qualification

Staff sign training agreements with Skills Active, and become trainees when their workplace training kicks off.

We also have a separate agreement with the workplace, which outlines the support they are expected to provide their staff throughout the qualification, and what Skills Active’s responsibilities are.  

 

Types of learning involved

While there will be a lot of things trainees will learn while doing their role day-to-day, their qualification may involve different types of learning, including: 

On-job learning

Where their supervisor or other staff will teach and guide them through work tasks. 

Self-directed learning

Where trainees can use learning material, material from the workplace, and other information sources, like the internet, library, or technical manuals to gain knowledge and skills. 

Attending workshops and training sessions

At their workplace or run by other organisations (like a first aid provider, for example).  

 

As your staff become confident in their new skills, they will begin to complete their assessments.  

Step 3: Undertake the assessment