ATNZ takes giant stride towards providing future focussed labour force for NZ Engineering Sector

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ATNZ Chair Fiona Kingsford proudly handing our NZQA registration certificate on our support office wall

17 August 2022

Long established as a Group Training Organisation, ATNZ are pleased to announce we have achieved NZQA registration as a PTE. This is a key first step in enabling ATNZ to provide their own apprenticeship programmes and other training for the engineering, manufacturing, and refrigeration and air conditioning workforce. 

Formally a subsidiary of the Competenz ITO, ATNZ became a stand-alone Trust in 2021 as a consequence of the disestablishment of ITOs under the government’s reform of vocational education (RoVE). 

The PTE Registration is a significant milestone and follows a thorough evaluation of ATNZ’s strategy, financial sustainability, systems and capability to provide quality and industry relevant training and apprenticeships by NZQA. 

From 2023, ATNZ will introduce additional training options and extend their apprenticeship programmes to apprentices not employed through ATNZ.

ATNZ will continue to focus its training for learners in the workplace. ATNZ believe that their points of difference will be agility, the industry credibility and currency of their team, the use of technology in their training and their high level of support for employers and learners.  ATNZ will respond quickly to training needs identified by employers, the new Workforce Development Council, Hanga Aro Rau and by the newly established Regional Skills Leadership Groups nationally. 

ATNZ CEO Tim Wilson CEO said “achieving PTE Registration entailed a significant amount of work by the ATNZ Team and required the support of many employers in our industry. It is tremendous to have NZQA’s recognition that ATNZ is now ready to take this next step in supporting our industry.”