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Skills International worked with Fiji’s Pacific TAFE to align their Diploma in IT to the New Zealand equivalent providing more options for its graduates.

The need

Pacific TAFE recognised that it would be beneficial for its graduates to align their qualifications to the New Zealand equivalent giving their graduates more career and education pathways, particularly for people choosing to migrate to New Zealand.

Skills International and Pacific TAFE’s first project was to align its Diploma in IT (Level 5) to New Zealand’s Diploma in Information Technology – Support (Level 5). This is the first of 19 qualifications that the two organisations plan to align.

The solution

Skills International mapped out the content of the Pacific TAFE Diploma in IT before doing a gap analysis of the two programmes to see if there were any areas missing between the qualifications. They found that there was broad alignment between the two with only two learning areas that needed to be contextualised to the Fijian environment including The Treaty of Waitangi and the Constitution of Fiji.

The outcomes

Once the areas that were identified in the gap analysis were addressed it was agreed that the two qualifications were aligned and NZQA recognised qualification could be awarded to Pacific TAFE graduates.

Individuals working towards the Pacific TAFE Diploma in IT (Level 5) can now be awarded the New Zealand nationally recognised qualification the Diploma in Information Technology – Technical Support (Level 5).

With this being the first of many programmes that the two organisations plan to align it will not only help to validate and endorse the Pacific TAFE’s programmes for equivalence to the closest New Zealand nationally recognised qualification but will also provide a strong signal to employers that Pacific TAFE can provide work ready graduates with internationally recognised qualifications.