Improving outcomes for Plumbing, Gasfitting & Drainlaying apprentices 23 June 2023 The PGD Project that TEC has funded will finish at the end of June. However, we will continue to be involved in helping providers transition to the new Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying NZ Programmes and implement some other key recommendations. The NZ Programmes will offer the apprentice and their employer the choice of practical learning and assessment either in the workplace or at block courses. This is a significant change from earlier delivery models, where most assessment was carried out at block courses. For theory components, apprentices will have a choice of delivery methods, which could be online by attending a block course or maybe even attending night classes. The employer will be supported to be more involved so that the workplace becomes a place of learning. These changes are all designed to ensure apprentices come out of their programme commercially competent, i.e., able to carry out tasks learnt on the job, with minimal supervision. The PGD Project highlighted several other areas that need improvement to ensure apprentices are better supported during their programme. For example, improved data management and pastoral support, potential centres of excellence for gas and other specialist subjects; learning resources, assessments and online platforms that are more aligned to the learners’ needs; and for current apprentices, an audit of their training gaps and development of training plans to help them catch up. Waihanga Ara Rau will continue to involve providers and other stakeholders to ensure these improvements are implemented where needed. Find out more about the individual projects that make up the PGD Project.