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Sikandar Hirani enrolled in the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) to gain technical knowledge and grow professionally.

He works for Auckland Council as a Regulatory Support Officer, processing building consents for the southern region.

“I always wanted to specialise in a given field. After joining Council, I realised my passion and strength lies in residential and commercial building,” he says.

Sikandar is one of a group of domestic students studying construction alongside internationals at our city campus, Otago Polytechnic’s Auckland International Campus in partnership with Future Skills Academy.

He says he enrolled in the programme to gain technical knowledge of construction process and management, and to gain a recognised qualification.

“The combination of theoretical study from class and applying those concepts and principles in my current role is assisting me in developing an understanding of the wider consenting functions.”

Sikandar says construction qualifications are in huge demand throughout New Zealand and across the world with an average salary high compared to other industries.

He’s enjoying the programme, which he’s currently studying online due to COVID-19 restrictions. That’s working well as he likes being digitally connected with classmates through online learning activities.

Sikandar recommends the programme to both domestic and international students.

He says lecturers are experienced and both academic and support staff take a genuine interest in student wellbeing and implement feedback from students.

“Anyone who is already in the construction industry or has a passion and desire to learn about the practices should enrol,” he says.

It’s also suitable for those with an engineering background and high school graduates with building mindsets.

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