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


IRL and Unitec Collaboration To Bolster High-Tech Workforce

IRL and Unitec Collaboration To Bolster High-Tech Workforce

A closer working relationship between Industrial Research Ltd and Unitec aims to deliver more and better work-ready high-tech workers to New Zealand industry.

IRL and Unitec Institute of Technology today signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organisations collaborating closely for the benefit of the high-value manufacturing and services sector.

IRL General Manager of Industry Engagement Gavin Mitchell says the mutually beneficial collaboration will not only provide IRL with greater access to the skills and capability existing within Unitec, but also provide Unitec students with real-word experience on industry projects, as well as deliveringmore and better work-ready graduates to industry.

“By working more closely with Unitec, IRL will get to link New Zealand industry with a greater level of training capability, and a student-base with a highly desirable skill-set for project work,” he says. “The collaboration will also provide IRL with access to a broad range of technical skills complementing those in the CRIs and the universities.”

Dr Rick Ede, Chief Executive of Unitec welcomed the initiative, saying: “Unitec is excited about the opportunities that collaboration will bring for the two organisations in the areas of material science, product development, engineering and building productivity. Working with IRL will give our students unprecedented access to real industry projects, providing them with the valuable opportunity to work alongside researchers and industry in a constructive learning environment."

The MoU between IRL and Unitec is the latest in a range of initiatives IRL is pursuing with New Zealand universities and polytechnics aimed at ensuring the effective deployment and growth of R&D services as well as providing industry with the appropriate skills for high value manufacturing.

About IRL
Industrial Research Ltd’s purpose is to increase the contribution of the industrial manufacturing and associated sectors to the New Zealand economy by empowering industry to drive innovation in manufacturing and services. Its wide capability of science and engineering expertise serves sectors as diverse as pharmaceutical manufacturing, specialist food processing, and energy and power systems and enables it to act as the R&D arm of New Zealand industry. For more information visit:

About Unitec
Unitec is the largest Institute of Technology in New Zealand. With 23,000 students enrolled in 165 courses, Unitec is committed to the delivery of vocational and applied education and practically orientated research. Unitec believes in the transformative power of education. Their lecturers are a mix of working professionals who are authorities in their fields, industry specialists with in-depth knowledge of their subjects and professional academics undertaking research in their areas of expertise. Unitec’s focus on real world education provides work-ready graduates with highly sought after professional and vocational skills. For more information visit:


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    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>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news