Closing the gap in data cabling 26 June 2023 Aotearoa has a shortage of skilled workers to undertake data cabling. Right now, there’s no formal, entry-level training for the data cabling industry, so we have teamed up with technical specialists to develop a new entry-level data cabling qualification. Have you ever thought about how much is happening behind the walls of a modern office or public building? The data cabling sector installs cabling in data centres, hospitals, rest homes, commercial and residential buildings. Existing international qualifications are not delivered in New Zealand, nor are they linked to work-based learning. There is a real need for qualification development in this space, especially as data-enabled technology becomes an increasingly important part of the construction, use and maintenance of our built environment. New hospitals planned for Dunedin and Palmerston North are just two examples of significant projects that will need skilled data cablers. We’re working with industry to anticipate their workforce needs and ‘close the gap’. A technical advisory group is being assembled to identify the skills, knowledge, and capabilities needed for an entry-level role in the data cabling industry and scope out what industry requires in the new qualification.