Perfect packages of upskilling: why micro-credentials work for today’s fast-paced environment

Professional development isn’t just a ‘nice to have’. In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s a necessity that allows you to remain relevant and continue to create solutions that deliver value to the business, community or organisation you work with.

But squeezing learning into a busy schedule can feel challenging.

That’s why we designed a range of new micro-credentials. Perfect packages of high quality learning that are delivered in manageable and practical formats. Think of them like a ‘crash course’ on the future – bringing you up to speed on what matters today but also what’s critical for a thriving future. 

Delivered online, with a combination of self-directed learning and live-online weekly sessions – these courses are accessible from wherever you are.

For an educational breakdown on what a micro-credential is, read this interview with our National Academic Manager, Hayley Sparks (links to our sister organisation The Mind Lab).

“The idea of professional development is both exciting and a necessity.”

Frances Valintine, Founder & CEO of Tech Futures Lab and The Mind Lab
Frances Valintine, Founder & CEO of The Mind Lab/ Tech Futures Lab on why it’s worth taking on a micro-credential.

What’s on offer

At Tech Futures Lab & The Mind Lab, our range of micro-credentials support professionals and educators to plug in areas of expertise that level up your capabilities and fast track your career. You’ll leave these short format courses with sound understanding in a specific area and an NZQA and industry recognised credential.

Disruptive Technologies: Gain a broad view of current and emerging disruptive technologies to understand impact on industries and how they can reinvent your workplace. 10 weeks, part-time. Learn more.

Internet of Things for Sustainability: Understand how the Internet of Things can support sustainability goals in business, communities and organisations. 10 weeks, part-time, Learn more.

Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools: Know how to get the best out of software technologies, and teams, to deliver successful, sustainable technology solutions. 15 weeks, part-time, Learn more.

Entrepreneurship: Learn what it takes to be a future-ready entrepreneur as you discover, develop and drive forward your business ideas. 10 weeks, part-time, Learn more.

Our sister organisation, The Mind Lab also offers micro-credentials in Digital Skills for the Workplace, Digital and Collaborative Teaching & Learning and Leading Beyond Sustainability.

Why do a micro-credential with us?

Learners are at the heart of everything we do at Tech Futures Lab – we live by this with our teaching and learning strategy Te Ara Kōtihi (the pathway to success) and through the learning experience being underpinned by kaupapa Māori values. So while we are dedicated to supporting people to refresh their skills and extend their capabilities with contemporary knowledge and practices, we also understand it needs to fit in and around life. 

“Make sure your career will progress forward.”

Frances Valintine

Micro-credentials are ideal for today’s busy lives. Comprising both self- directed learning and weekly live-online class sessions, our schedules recognise the need to balance work and wellbeing.  

Frances Valintine on why we’re expanding our micro-credential options.

Our strong industry network and focus on applied practical learning means all our micro-credentials have been designed in collaboration with the real world. There’s no outdated theory based learning, no textbooks and no long winded lectures. And because of their short, sharp, deep learning nature, you’ll gain that satisfaction of being able to apply your new knowledge immediately.

They’re also a perfect way to get back into the professional development journey. Our contemporary micro-credentials offer bite-sized learning at its best. Highly interactive and engaging, we use leading digital tools for maximum collaboration with your cohort.

“Take one, build on it. Sign up for a number and stack them.”

Frances Valintine

And our micro-credentials are stackable too. That means if you’re loving the learning, you can cross credit into one of our postgraduate programmes. Or finish one and sign up for the next. Once that door is open, you’ll be hungry to keep refreshing your knowledge and collaborating with others who are enjoying the learning experience too.

“Get upgrades of knowledge that’s changed over time.”

Frances Valintine
Frances Valintine on how you’ll benefit from a micro-credential

Get back into learning with our micro-credentials. Contact us today about the skills you want to develop and the goals you have for your career and future.

Disruptive Technologies
Internet of Things for Sustainability
Understanding Software Development Processes and Tools

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