A Tutor credited with giving 110% to help learners finish their apprenticeship has, this year, scooped the top prize at the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ) Awards.

Raymond Trancel, currently a tutor at The Electrical Training Company (Etco), a PTE (Private Training Establishment) that also operates a group apprentice employment scheme, took out the 2022 Ako 
Aotearoa-sponsored ITENZ Supreme Award for his exceptional contribution to learners and their surrounding community.

In giving the Supreme Award to Raymond, the judging panel recognised how an exceptional tutor can make a vital contribution to an organisation and support learners to achieve excellent results.

Raymond was also the recipient of the 2022 ITENZ Tutor of the Year Award.

Raymond Trancel (centre) with Ruth Peterson (Ako Aotearoa) and Steve Exley (Tribal Group)

The annual ITENZ awards, recognise, encourage, and celebrate excellence in independent tertiary organisations. The awards provide opportunities for organisations to showcase what they do best, to share good practice, and for students and staff members to be rewarded for achieving excellence.

Two awards in total were presented at the two-day ITENZ 2022 Annual Conference
   • Tutor of the Year Award – Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)
       • Highly Commended – Jude Robinson, Pacific Coast Technical Institute
   • Supreme Award– Raymond Trancel, Electrical Training Company (Etco)

More about the Award winners:

Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award

The judging panel has conferred the Supreme Award in 2022 on the recipient of the Tutor of the Year Award, Raymond Trancel.

This award is made in recognition that a category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners.

Raymond is a tutor par excellence, his passion for the sector and for teaching is unparalleled. In addition, he is committed to his own lifelong learning.

Unusually, perhaps, Raymond left a management role to return to full-time teaching.  Results have included the development of Zoom programmes for apprentices in remote locations and the seamless continuity of learning throughout periods of lockdown. He is committed to increasing the number of qualified female electrical inspectors in New Zealand and is passionate about Etco’s foundation programme to enable those who don’t have the necessary NCEA credits to enter an apprenticeship. His contribution to the wider environment has resulted in other registered electricians considering teaching as a career. Raymond uses innovative assessment approaches and makes changes based on feedback and reflection.  Congratulations Raymond on being a well-deserving recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Supreme Award, for 2022.

Tutor of the Year Award – sponsored by Tribal Group

Raymond Trancel from the Electrical Training Company (Etco) is awarded Tutor of the Year.

‘You can train someone to teach but there is one thing you cannot train into someone and that is passion, and Raymond has bucketloads of passion for learning and imparting teaching.’ This is from Etco’s General Manager Learning.

Many student comments demonstrate Raymond’s wide range of teaching strategies and techniques including, ‘Raymond has great techniques for getting people to understand. Once he was explaining power factor unity to me – and used the example of a pint of beer and the froth on top to help me understand’.

Raymond’s teaching and learning practices are respectful of gender, inclusive of learning environments, build positive and authentic relationships, and use formative assessment to monitor what his students can do and what they need to build on. “Raymond is the reason I was able to finish my apprenticeship. I was struggling but Raymond was always there, willing to give 110 percent to help me and others – and he got us across the line”.

At the Electrical Training Company (Etco) Raymond hasn’t just made changes to his teaching approach as a result of reflection on feedback, he’s led changes to the feedback process itself, developing more accessible online surveys so that all can learn from them.  That has resulted in much richer feedback from all sorts of students.

Background on the Awards

The aim of these prestigious awards is to recognise, encourage and celebrate excellence in independent tertiary organisations. The awards provide opportunities for organisations to showcase what they do best, to share good practice, and for students and staff members to be rewarded for achieving excellence.

The nominations and portfolios for the ITENZ Awards in 2022 have been of an exceptionally high standard. As a result, this year, ITENZ have additionally provided a Highly Commended award.

The Supreme Award supported and sponsored by Ako Aotearoa

This prestigious and significant award- was inaugurated in 2017. It is supported and sponsored by Ako Aotearoa and carries a prize of $2,500.

Ako Aotearoa is New Zealand’s national centre for tertiary teaching excellence. The organisation is focused on building educational capability for learner success and supports the tertiary sector to raise the standard of teaching and learning practice, so that all learners can benefit and be successful.