Diploma Scholarships for
Outward Bound Scholarships for Modern Apprentices. Read more
Starting out wage. Read more
TRoQ - important date changes. Read more
Industry Training Review - update. Read more
Important information for Wheels Rollers and Tracks Assessors and
Diploma Scholarships for
15 May 2013
InfraTrain is pleased to be offering further Diploma
Scholarships for Māori working in the civil infrastructure
Five Scholarships are available through InfraTrain’s Te Poutama
Kaiahumahi programme, which is run in partnership with Te Puni
Each Scholarship is worth $10,000, and will enable the winners to
study towards a New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice (NZDEP),
a National Diploma in Infrastructure Asset Management or National
Diploma in Surveying.
The Scholarships aim to:
● Help Māori to develop
their full potential and gain higher level qualifications.
Increase the professional opportunities of Māori in
the civil infrastructure sector.
Enhance the wider capability of the civil
How the Scholarships work:
Funding to the value of $10,000 plus GST will be paid
to the employer of each Scholarship winner to
support them in their studies.
Scholarship funding will be made available on receipt
of an InfraTrain approved Diploma Training
Scholarship funding is available over and above the
regular subsidies provided by InfraTrain.
The employer of the Scholarship winner is required to
provide InfraTrain with a financial report on the
first Monday of December of each year.
Applications should be made on the application form below, with
supporting recommendations from the employer.
Please email completed applications to
Robbie Paul, or send to PO Box 435, Opotiki 3162.
Scholarship applicants, their employer, InfraTrain regional advisor,
or assessor (if applicable) may be contacted by phone as part of the
Applications close 5pm, Friday 14 June 2013
Successful candidates notified Tuesday 18 June 2013
Scholarships for Modern Apprenticesspan>
07 May 2013
InfraTrain is giving two Modern Apprentices a chance to win the
experience of a lifetime – an Outward Bound Scholarship worth over
The scholarships are being offered in conjunction with BETA (the
Built Environment Training Alliance), which is made up of Industry
Training Organisations in the construction and infrastructure
Each Scholarship includes:
Outward Bound is based on adventure and challenge in the outdoors.
The Scholarship winners will develop their leadership skills
and gain confidence, while sharing a life-changing experience with
people from other trades.
Modern Apprentice supervisors and training co-ordinators should by
now have received an application pack in the mail.
A link to the pack is also available below.
Outward Bound Scholarship 2013 – information pack
Closing date for applications - 5pm on Friday 7 June 2013
Winners announced – Friday 14 June 2013.
Course dates - 1 to 21 September 2013 (21 days).
information please contact Abi Kibble at InfraTrain on 04 494 2333.
Starting out wage
16 April 2013
The Government is introducing a new ‘starting out wage’ option for
employers and employees from 1 May this year. The starting-out wage
will give employers a real incentive to give young people a foothold
on the employment ladder.
Three groups will be eligible for the starting out wage. These are:
16 and 17 year-olds in their first six
months of work with a new employer (or until they are training
or supervising others).
18 and 19 year olds who have been paid a
benefit for six months or longer, and who have not completed six
months of continuous work with any employer since starting on
benefit (or until they are training or supervising others).
16 to 19 year-old workers in a recognised
industry training course involving at least 40 credits a year.
Under the starting-out wage, eligible 16 to 19 year-olds can be
paid 80 per cent of the adult minimum wage for six months OR for
as long as they are undertaking recognised industry training of
at least 40 credits per year.
The starting out wage sits alongside other
Government initiatives aimed at helping more young New Zealanders
into work or training, including Work and Income Job Streams.
From 1 May 2013 the starting-out wage will replace the new entrants
wage and training minimum wage for under 20s.
More information on the starting out
Questions & Answers factsheet
Factsheet for Employers
Factsheet for 16-19 year olds
Visit the Ministry
of Business, Innovation & Employment website
- important date changes
12 March 2013
InfraTrain has changed the TroQ meeting dates for the Infrastructure Asset Management, Surveying, and Civil, Surfacing and Utilities reviews.
Infrastructure Asset Management and Surveying
The NZQA trigger for these reviews is later than anticipated. As a
result the initial sector consultation meetings have been
rescheduled from April (as originally planned).
The Surveying meeting will now
take place in Christchurch on 13-14 August.
The date of the Infrastructure Asset Management meeting will be held
in Wellington on 20-21 August.
Infrastructure Works Stage 2 - Civil, Surfacing and
Because the trigger dates for
Infrastructure Asset Management
now moved to August, the Working Group meeting for Civil,
Surfacing and Utilities has been brought forward. It
will now be held in Christchurch on 8-10 May 2013. The new date will help to ensure
linkages and pathways with the Infrastructure Works Level 2-5 review.
More information about
Industry Training Review
28 January 2013
InfraTrain New Zealand is pleased with the outcomes, released last
Friday, of the review of Industry Training.
The key change is the opening up of apprenticeship programmes to all
age groups, instead of the current 16-21 years limit. This is
especially positive for our industry, where the majority of new
entrants are in their 20s already. Additional funding announced for
apprenticeships also better reflects the validity of this training
pathway, and the significant contribution that the apprentice,
employer and Industry Training Organisation (ITO) put into enabling
the development of the apprentices skills and knowledge.
The additional funding will help InfraTrain to better support, and
provide resources to apprentices and employers, leading to better
quality outcomes in the form of well trained, consistent and
InfraTrain will need to consider the level and credit offering of
our current programmes, as a New Zealand Apprenticeship is required
to be a programme at Level 4 and above resulting in a minimum of 120
credits (around 18 months). The majority of our apprenticeship
programmes currently sit at Level 3, with Level 4 considered as
being supervisory level training.
InfraTrain is currently revising many of its qualifications as part
of the Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ). Part of this
process will be the consideration of the level applied to each
programme, in relation to job roles.
Existing trainees will be able to continue their current
apprenticeship programmes as is, through to completion.
InfraTrain welcomes the re-boot programme. This programme is
intended to swiftly grow the number of apprentices enrolled in
industry-based training, by providing apprentices signed after 1
April 2013 with up to $2,000 towards their tools and off-job costs,
with the same provided to their employer.
It is significant that a higher rate ($2,000 instead of $1,000) will
be applied to training in the infrastructure sector. This applies to
specific roles and areas such as plant operation, road construction
and maintenance, bituminous surfacing, foundation works, pipelaying,
bridge construction and maintenance, engineering (highways),
quantity surveying, and civil engineering. InfraTrain has
qualifications and training pathways available to potential
There is still a lot of implementation to be worked through over the
next year, and we look forward to working with our customers,
government and the wider vocational training sector to achieve these
Should you have any questions around the announcement, please do not
hesitate to call Philip Aldridge on 04 494 1880 or send him an
The full media release from Minister Joyce is available
information for Wheels Rollers and Tracks Assessors and Providers
23 November 2012
InfraTrain has updated the assessment material for the Operator
Safety Manual (OSM) for Earthmoving Machinery and the Wheels Rollers
and Tracks. The updates reflect recent legislative changes by the NZ
Transport Agency (NZTA).
Any orders received for the OSM are now receiving the new version
dated August 2012.
With effect from 1 January 2013, we will provide edition 7 of the
WRT Assessment Schedule. However, however Assessors can continue to
use any old stock of edition 5 WRT Assessment Schedules until 1
April 2013. After that date, edition 7 must be used.
A summary of the changes are shown below:
Road User Charges & time licencing
Road User Charges (RUC) and time licencing legislation changed with
effect from 1 August 2012.
In summary, time licencing has been removed and replaced by
distance licencing, and most special-type vehicles are now exempted
If your vehicle is over 3500kg (gross laden weight) and is powered
by diesel (or another fuel not taxed) you may have to pay RUC.
However, Tracked Wheeled and Roller special-type vehicles are
exempted RUC if their purpose or design means that they are
unsuitable for regular road use.
When RUC is required, you must purchase an RUC licence, based on the
vehicle type and weight.
Most diesel cars, utility vehicles and vans will purchase a
distance licence which is purchased in 1000km units. Some
special-type vehicles may need to purchase a supplementary licence
which is available in 50km units.
Vehicle weight covered by licence class
Assessors should be aware that with effect from 1 April 2012, the
threshold for weight restrictions has changed from 4500kg to 6000kg.
Refer to the table below. This is also covered by NZTA Factsheet 11.
||Class 1 (full)
||Class 2 (full)
||Class 4 (full)
|Runs on rollers or self-laying tracks
||Not more than 18,000kg
gross laden weight (GLW)
|More than 18,000kg GLW
|Runs on wheels - when driven on a road
at a speed not exceeding 30km/h
||Not more than 18,000kg gross laden
||More than 18,000kg GLW
|Runs on wheels - when driven on a road
at a speed exceeding 30km/h
||Not more than 6,000kg gross laden
||More than 6.000kg but not more than
||More than 18,000kg GLW
Transitional arrangements for using older assessment
Assessors using Assessment Schedule edition 5 or 6
can strike out questions 6, 8, and 9 as they are no longer relevant.
Assessor using older versions of the Assessor
Guide should be aware that:
answers for question 2 are in accordance with the table above, and;
The checkbox in
the practical assessment for ‘Road
User Charge displayed
appropriate)’ will not be applicable in the majority of
The WRT Assessor Guide edition 7 is available
from InfraTrain on request.