Signee Insight – September

Signee is excited to announce the first-ever Māori and Pasifika scholarships. This is a fully funded scholarship with co-sponsorship provided by Computaleta and PSP Limited and will allow one trainee to complete the industry-endorsed Signee five-week prevocational program that provides online modules in sign making, work experience along with Site Safe and First Aid certifications.  With this scholarship, we are providing further support with the offer of career support and mentoring to the successful applicant.  Applications are now closed, however, we aim to offer further scholarships in the future.

Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in enrolments to the Signee program with a spread across the country including two trainees in Auckland. Logan, one of the trainees in New Plymouth enjoyed his experience and is seeking to gain employment in the industry. Thanks to Future Grafix in New Plymouth for hosting Logan for the four weeks and sharing photos of his work experience.

Signee has been working alongside Hanga Aro Rau the Workforce Development Council which represents the sign-making industry. They lead the development of industry qualifications, set industry standards, and quality-assured training provisions against these industry standards. Signee has been working with them to identify a need for micro-credentials which are bite-sized qualifications that can be a steppingstone into a career pathway for those entering or those already working within the industry. The micro-credentials will touch on all aspects such as design, manufacturing, application, installation, illumination, and traditional sign-making techniques. Hanga Aro Rau has recently sought feedback from industry professionals on their thoughts on the interest in micro-credentials.