Employers and Industry

WITT values industry partners and input from employers to ensure our courses meet local business needs and our students graduate work ready to make a positive impact in our communities.

Being connected to industry is important to us at WITT, and the partnerships we build with local employers contribute to great outcomes for our graduates.  Our qualifications are designed to complement the needs of the Taranaki region, and we continue to build and maintain relationships to ensure our students are graduating with the most relevant skills.

Industry placements and projects

Support a student to gain work experience and get help with a project.

WITT Bachelor of Applied Management and Graduate Diploma in Applied Management students are seeking organisations to host them for a work placement where they can undertake a project looking at a business issue, problem or opportunity.

The project needs to be related to the students major.  Previous examples include:

Project Management - Planning, running & reviewing an event; using MS Project to document and plan a specific project; audit compliance to a business’ project management framework and make recommendations for improvements.

Operations and Production Management - Audit the supply chain and logistics for a produce supplier and recommend improvements; review a total preventative maintenance strategy and suggest improvements.

Human Resources - Review health & safety systems for an organisation and make recommendations; review recruitment & onboarding practices for an organisation and make recommendations.

Accounting - Review procedures for collecting and recording client information on new software; analysis of accounts payable process and internal controls and make recommendations

Key points:

  • students do not require payment for their placement
  • the student typically attends the workplace for 20 hours per week over 10-20 weeks depending on their course and is usually during the semester
  • the project must relate to the course the student is studying.  In addition to the project, students can be “hands-on” in carrying out tasks for the host organisation
  • The student is suppported by a WITT tutor.  The project is assessed and a grade is given.

Benefits for Employers: 

  • Students bring fresh perpsectives and up to date knowledge while applying their learning to a real-life situation
  • Students are keen, enthusiastic and eager to impress by adding value to your organisation
  • Gaining a free resource to tackle a project that may be have been on the back burner
  • the opportunity to identify future employees and raise the business brand and profile amongst the student cohort
  • the opportunity to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required in their industry sector
  • satisfaction gained from giving back and helping someone on their career path

Employ a student or graduate

Whether you have a fulltime, part-time or holiday job vacancy or work experience or internship opportunity, WITT can promote your opening to students and recent or upcoming graduates.  

Contact Jo Syme on industry@witt.ac.nz

WITT Job Fair

To be held Thursday 14 November, 3pm – 5pm.  More details to come but register your interest with Jo Syme industry@witt.ac.nz

Professional Development for your Staff

Stand Alone courses

WITT offers great value stand-alone 15-week courses that are accessible to people in the workforce.

Workplace Upskilling

If you have a group of employees needing upskilling, WITT tutors can customise a course to meet your needs and deliver it onsite.