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WelTec launch new Technology Cadetship Scheme

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3 November 2006

WelTec launch new Technology Cadetship Scheme

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) has launched a new Technology Cadetship scheme designed to encourage young people into technology related careers and to help businesses recruit and retain highly skilled staff.

Under the new scheme, young people will study towards a Diploma or Degree while also receiving training in the workplace. Students will gain first hand experience of industry by working on real projects for their sponsor company.

Cadetships were partly developed in response to a nationwide shortage of professionals in mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, construction management, digital media, IT, software engineering and architectural technology.

WelTec’s CEO Linda Sissons explains, “Attracting new professionals into these high tech, creative, innovative work environments is crucial to the success of the local and national economy. We must work in conjunction with the business community to ensure that our ‘skills offer’ is closely aligned with the requirements of industry.”

Head of WelTec’s Centre for Creative Technologies, James Brodie, said: “Businesses are crying out for talented individuals that possess solid skills, the ability to solve problems, develop new ideas and learn from experience. The Technology Cadetship scheme aims to equip young people with the highly versatile skills required for modern day industry. Cadetships are an excellent means of gaining valuable work experience as well as industry recognised qualifications.”

WelTec has a number of cadetship opportunities available for next year and is currently seeking further opportunities from employers and welcomes enquiries from people seeking potential Cadetships to apply for the programme. For further information contact WelTec on 04 9202400 or email information@weltec.ac.nz

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