Developing Qualifications for the United Arabic Emirates
31 January 2018
30/01/2018 by Chrystall Kerr - Chief Brand Manager
Vertical Horizonz New Zealand (VHNZ) is honoured to be working with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Qualifications Authority (NQA) writing and developing National Qualifications for multiple industries in the UAE.
The opportunity eventuated from our training within the Middle East. With expertise in qualification development and an already established training business in Abu Dhabi, Vertical Horizonz became the obvious choice for NQA to help pave a National Qualification development project for the nation.
Vertical Horizonz sent a team of 5 qualification developers, all with differing industry strengths. The team was put together on 8 days' notice, with Vertical Horizonz professionals flying into Abu Dhabi from all over New Zealand and Australia. The Vertical Horizonz crew worked alongside 2 other professionals which created the Unit Standard development team. The team consulted with industry advisory committees and completed 9 occupation functional analyses then wrote 234 Unit Standards for NQA. No mean feat for a team of 7 in 7 months.
Vertical Horizonz is now sending a new influx of professionals from various industries to Abu Dhabi to complete qualifications development and then start the process again for five other occupation groups on a twelve-month contract.
The team will develop qualifications for the following industries:
Mechanical, Process and Chemical Engineering
Building and Construction
Police, Military, Emergency, and Security Services
Social work and Counselling
Nursing and Healthcare.
The Vertical Horizonz NQA team was lucky enough to receive an office visit from the New Zealand Ambassador where the ambassador could see the first hand New Zealanders in action helping to improve Adult Education and training for the UAE.
Vertical Horizonz would like to thank NQA for this opportunity and will continue to provide top tier industry professionals to ensure the qualification development project is a success for the UAE.
Pictured: Vertical Horizonz Director and CEO pictured with the NZ Ambassador and UAE National Qualifications Authority.