Tue 19 Feb 2013

It's not too late, but be quick!

Even though the demand for WITT’s courses this year is high the good news is that several programmes still have places available.

For many intending students, they need to complete their study contract.

“Until they do that, they haven’t actually completed their enrolment – it’s that simple,’’ says administration manager Nicola Conley.

To be accepted to study at WITT, applicants must first complete the enrolment process. There are two steps; the first is to complete and submit an application form. The second is to complete and return a study contract form.

“A number of students have completed the first, but not the second, and with time running out I’d urge them to do it as soon as possible. It’s quite simple and won’t take much time, but it is essential,’’ she says.

Near the end of February a number young and not so young people are deciding their future, with many accepting they need  more training and qualifications to ensure they can get the jobs they want.

Witt’s new academic year starts on March 4, but there is still time for anyone to enrol, Nicola says.

“I want to make it clear that the process couldn’t be easier. Anyone thinking about studying at WITT but not sure what programme is best for them only needs to make one phone call, 0800 WITTWORKS (0800948 896) and our trained operators can advise you how to go about it and what’s the best pathway for you.  

“Or you can go to WITT’s website wwwWITTWORKS.ac.nz orEmail us at info@witt.ac.nz.We cater for pretty much everyone and we can have you enrolled within a week at the most.’’

Nicola stresses there are a number of courses which cater for those wanting a career in the building industry.

“Skills courses continue to be popular and trades level one courses are a great way to start. With the engineering and construction sectors offering plenty of work in rebuilding Christchurch, the opportunities are unlimited.

“We have some excellent skills programmes on offer, with a very practical application. It’s offered in association with G&H Training a leading NZQA registered and accredited private training provider.  They specialise in delivering quality training for trades and there are a number of courses on offer.’’

Many potential students are unaware that WITT offers several introductory courses, in which NCEA credits are incorporated.

“Don’t worry if you didn’t do well at school, not all students are suited to that environment and we have courses that can incorporate those NCEA 1, 2 and 3 levels, so you’re on your way.’’

The diversity of the courses on offer is huge.

For some, WITT’s Taranaki Rugby League Education Academy, is a great example. It’s all about empowering people, and students learning social skills.  The results  speak for themselves.  In 2011 for example, no fewer than 24 of the class of 28 graduated, while the other four obtained fulltime jobs – something that wouldn’t otherwise have happened. ‘’

Other courses popular with new students include the hospitality courses, with  coffee making in demand, while the performing arts , Maori language courses and Taratahi, specialised agricultural training all have places.