As at February 2019, 112 employees (or 42% of our staff) have completed the G-REG (Core Knowledge) (Level 3) qualification, with a further 53 due to complete before the end of 2019. That’s an impressive achievement considering most of the organisation were only officially introduced to the G-REG qualifications in April 2018.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) first became involved in the development of a suite of new NZQA approved regulatory compliance qualifications back in 2015 as part of a cross-agency working group, back before the Government Regulatory Practice Initiative (G-REG) even existed.
When CAA Chief Executive Graeme Harris joined the G-REG Chief Executives Group in 2015, it was obvious to Graeme that the new qualifications would be an excellent way to improve regulatory knowledge and practice of the organisation. “Our role at CAA is to keep New Zealand skies safe and secure. G-REG fits in perfectly with our Regulatory Craft Programme (RCP), which aims to help us all become better regulators,” said Graeme.
Graeme and his Executive Leadership Team (ELT) led from the top as part of the pilot group for the G-REG Core Knowledge Programme, alongside the newly formed Learning & Development team and other subject matter experts. He also commissioned the initiative as part of the organisation’s Regulatory Craft Programme (RCP).
In March 2018 the ELT approved the recommendation from the Learning and Development team to promote the programme to existing staff and to make it compulsory for all new staff as part of orientation.
The pilot group were awarded their certificates at an internal RCP event in April 2018, which laid the foundations for them to support the wider organisation. The prominence given to the initiative generated a great response from a wide range of staff and managers and a total of 110 employees (of approximately 265) signed up at the end of the event!
Since then staff continue to enrol and a further two graduation ceremonies have been held to recognise their achievements and demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the organisation to this important initiative.