Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


West Coast polytech doubles in size – record year

West Coast polytech doubles in size – record year

One of New Zealand’s smaller but fastest growing polytechs, Tai Poutini on the West Coast, has had its best year ever, chief executive Don Campbell said today.

The Greymouth-based polytech had 900 equivalent full time students (EFTS) in 2002 compared to 1800 this year.

Mr Campbell said the polytech was planning for 2800 students next year making Tai Poutini one of the larger employers and income generators on the Coast.

``This is quite a jump from 500 (EFTS) when I first came here in 2000,’’ he said.

“We’ve doubled in size in terms of students numbers over the last year and will produce our third record financial surplus in a row this year.’’

Much of the growth comes from courses offered out of the district but there has been growth on the Coast on the back of Tai Poutini’s no fees approach.

The push to expand courses has seen the opening of a campus in Reefton in conjunction with leading goldminer, GRD Macraes. Two 24-week heavy machinery courses were offered with excellent results and job placements. Two students from the first course are now earning $48,000 a year as operators of heavy equipment.

``A new agreement in 2002 with Search and Rescue New Zealand has resulted in training for volunteers in a range of skill areas. The programme is already helping to save lives,’’ Mr Campbell said.

``A successful project to help train staff at the Stockton Mine, north of Westport, is a further example of Tai Poutini Polytechnic working with industry partners to deliver quality training on the Coast.’’

It’s also been a bumper year for pre-employment carpentry and automotive programmes with interest stimulated by the building boom and the no fees. The students built a project house during the year.

The live-sound course offered in Auckland, and in Christchurch for the first time in 2004, has an outstanding reputation with all graduates placed in employment by direct approaches from employers. The key gig is the Smokefree Rockquest competition with 19 of these live-sounded by students in 2003.

Also new on the Coast this year has been an eco-tourism course taking advantage of the Coast environment to meet the growing needs of sustainable tourism.

The niche jade carving programme in Greymouth attracted its share of success with five students having work accepted for the 10th national pounamu and jade exhibition. Nearly half the entrants were past or present students from Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Chef students attend the Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika to support the festival’s New Zealand Wildfoods Chef of the Year competition. Outstanding job placements are also a feature of this programme.

Other courses include scaffolding and rigging, industrial rope, crane training, fall arrest training, hazard management, rural fire, construction health and safety, mining, snow blasting, explosives and forklift training.

Mr Campbell said they want more people to know about Tai Poutini Polytechnic and their no fees courses in Greymouth so they might ``study in this incredible Coast environment.”

Copyright 2003. Word Of Mouth Media NZ

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news