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

 


Free tertiary fees for Pacific Island students

Media release – 5 July 2013

Free tertiary fees for Pacific Island students

Pacific Islanders keen to get into the civil construction, scaffolding or mining industries could be eligible for free training as part of a government scheme.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Certificate in Civil Plant Operation, Pre-trade Scaffold and Industrial Safety, and Certificate in Civil Construction, Quarrying and Mining programmes all qualify for the Pacific Trades Training Initiative with training starting in late July 2013 at campuses in Auckland and around New Zealand.

The government introduced the initiative to promote trades-related training for Pacific Islanders. Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Northern Operations Manager for Industry Training, Vadim Spice says it’s a great opportunity to train for a new career at no cost to the student.

“TPP already has a good number of Pacific Island students undertaking training with us and this new scheme is a fantastic way for people to get into a new industry without having to pay fees. There is national demand for skills in these fields in Auckland and all over the country so there will be jobs out there when they graduate,” he says.

“These are industries that are great for guys who like to work in the outdoors, in an ever-changing work place and as part of a team. There is a real feeling of accomplishment when you do hands-on work where you can look back every day at what you have achieved.”

Cook Islander Uru Taparau graduated from TPP’s Auckland Civil Plant Operation programme last year. He is now helping build a new Warehouse at Takanini. “In the real mans world you need qualifications I reckon. I enjoyed the course very much and would definitely recommend it to anyone, male or female, there’s good money out there,” he says.

80% of the students from TPP’s 30-week Civil Plant Operation programme get jobs when they graduate. Students learn about how to safely operate machinery, build roads, surveying, first aid and pipes and services. The 10-week Pre-Trade Scaffold and Industrial Safety qualification covers working at heights, scaffold erection, truck loading and harness training and the 30-week Civil Construction, Quarrying and Mining also covers working on surface extraction sites.

TPP is holding an open day where prospective students can learn more about the programmes and whether they are eligible for the free fees on Saturday 13 July in South Auckland at the Otara Music Arts Centre, corner Newbury Street and Bairds Road, Otara.

For more information contact TPP 0800 800 411, text 027 467 5574, e-mail info@tpp.ac.nz, visit www.tpp.ac.nz or check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcO4MGlGQJ0.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Rushing For Gold

The first section focuses particularly on the Victorian connections – commercial, legal, mining and personal, including migration statistics. But for me the most interesting chapters were in the middle sections about the people of the goldfields. More>>

Comedy Festival Review: VOTE BATT

The political campaigning in the US over the last eight months or so has provided a stark insight into how far political candidates are willing to go. This background came into focus as “former comedian” – now politician – Tim Batt ushered people up into the front seats, passing out badges and taking photographs with his not entirely adoring public... More>>

HRH QEII's 90th: New Zealand Post Birthday Stamps Fit For A Queen

New Zealand Post is celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday with a special series of stamps and a limited edition silver coin. The Queen was born on 21 April 1926. To mark her birthday, New Zealand Post has produced ‘lenticular’ or moving stamps that feature nine different images of the Queen on just three stamps. More>>

ALSO:

Anzac Day: A Time To Stand Against Hatred

The Human Rights Commission says ANZAC Day is a time for New Zealanders to remember those things our grandparents stood for and stand up against intolerance and prejudice. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news