Electric car making nano degree offered in micro-credential pilot

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One of the micro credentials being piloted is a course teaching how to be a self driving car engineer.

If you’re looking at a career change and fancy yourself as a bit of a mechanic – a self driving car engineer nano-degree might be for you. 

The so-called nano-degree is being offered under a pilot of micro-credentials by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. 

Recently Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, announced micro-credentials would be introduced into the tertiary sector to allow people to upskill or retrain with more ease, adding flexibility to the current system.  

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Paul Goldsmith, New Zealand’s Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, says

Micro-credentials are smaller units of learning that can be delivered online, at work, or at training institutions. If they are introduced, they could make it easier for people to retrain, without committing to longer, formal qualifications.

The pilot offers three sources of micro-credentials, one being a nine-month programme teaching students to be driverless car engineers through American-based company Udacity.

Another will come through The Otago Polytechnic and its EduBits, which allows people to learn new skills while working. 

The third is the Young Enterprise…

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