App takes paperwork out of apprenticeships

Otago Polytechnic graduate Mark Henry trials the ITAB App for apprentices. PHOTO: HAYDEN PARSONS
Otago Polytechnic graduate Mark Henry trials the ITAB App for apprentices. PHOTO: HAYDEN PARSONS

Keeping tabs on apprentice learning just got a lot easier thanks to a new app modified at Otago Polytechnic.

The Otago Polytechnic Itab App allows apprentices to record text and photos while they work, then report directly back to their employer.

Until now, they have had to laboriously complete paperwork every night.

Otago Polytechnic online learning designer Matt Thompson said the app would be a great help for apprentices.

‘‘It’s another tool to make life easier. They can record their evidence of learning and it’s far more accurate and quicker than trying to recall it at the end of the day.’’

The app was designed by Wellington developer Josh Galuszka. Data is stored in the cloud. Employers have access to it at any time and can give instant feedback.

Mr Thompson said it was important the app was userfriendly.

‘‘Some employers aren’t that technically savvy. The app had to be really simple so they could access information easily.’’

Otago Polytechnic graduate Mark Henry is trialling the app.

‘‘It’s so much quicker and easier than filling out paperwork. It definitely saves heaps of time,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not very good with computers, so it was important to me that it was straightforward.’’

Otago Polytechnic carpentry staff are also using the app so they can give feedback to apprentices.

The app is free and available to any builder who wants to follow their apprentice’s evidence of work.

Mr Thompson is hoping to add video to the app too.

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