Industry Training Update
The Radio Frequency Users Association (RFUANZ) has identified for some years that the telecommunications industry is rapidly moving towards a crisis in the availability of skilled radio technicians. A lack of any formal training and the high percentage of existing technicians approaching retirement age is likely to cause a severe shortage in the next few years. This has been made more apparent due to the inability to recruit staff from overseas during the COVID lockdown.
We are keen to engage with the telecommunications industry to discuss this issue and to clearly understand what kind of training would be most useful.
We understand that one training solution won’t necessarily suit every learning requirement, but we are keen to look at training options that are emerging, including but not limited to, a proposed NZQA accredited Level 4 certificate in Telecommunications. This qualification will be the first formal radio technician certificate available in New Zealand for over 20 years. Discussing the course overview will allow attendees to provide feedback on what training is needed for the industry and help RFUANZ to concentrate its training focus appropriately.