Wed 6 Mar 2019

Be Part of the Boom

Over 2000 students have completed their first week of study with WITT – but make no mistake: we still have room for you!


2019 is seeing a big upturn in enrolments at WITT as students jump on the new trades band-wagon, where enrolments have leapt up a record 22% - and there are consistent jumps in enrolments across the campus. WITT chief executive John Snook said this was the result of a concerted effort to provide the right mix of courses, liaise with industry and promote WITT’s brand internationally.

“I would like nothing more than to see every potential student in Taranaki who has not enrolled in a course contact us and look at their options,” he said. “We are entering a strong period of growth in construction, there is a huge demand in the engineering field – and our short courses have already engaged with more than 570 participants this year. Come and join us.”

WITT executive staff members echo those views. Over 2000 students have completed their first week of study with WITT – but make no mistake: we still have room for you. Nicola Conley, Executive Director, People Culture and Students, is delighted to see overall enrolments up on this time last year and emphasises the fact that classes are filling – but not all are full. “Trades enrolments are booming - but we still have places and it’s not too late to enrol.” There are options for those who can’t study full time. as well. “Potential students thinking about studying but who just want to tackle one paper can do just that and complete a Certificate of Proficiency. There are so many options available such as Business courses or Engineering courses.”  Nicola says there are also plans to offer some interesting short courses in the arts space, including painting and printmaking.

Trades Faculty Leader Angela Ferguson says there is a “wonderful buzz” on the WITT campus in New Plymouth. “Our Secondary School Trades Academy programme is oversubscribed for 2019. This programme helps with future students finding out what WITT has to offer and the variety of career options available to them, especially around the trades,” she said.

“There are still some spaces available for 3 + 2 which is a programme for Year 13 students who attend WITT two days a week and school for three.

“My message for those who think it’s too late to join this semester is: it’s not. We want to provide as much opportunity to the community and those that want to study, so give us a call, pop in or jump on the website  -”

Kyle Hall, General Manager of the WITT owned New Zealand Institute of Highway Technology, says 150 students are enrolled in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering, Civil, and there have been 23 new international enrolments into the Graduate Diploma in Engineering, Highways. NZIHT is also increasing its work with the Department of Corrections to provide training. “We pride ourselves on delivering quality training to civil engineering, roading and associated industries – and we welcome all new enquiries and enrolments,” he said.

Last week WITT announced the recipients of two $5000 Bachelor of Applied Management scholarships -while preparing other students for further study through Certificate in Foundation Skills classes. As the WITT website says: Certificate, degree or diploma - you can be one of 1300 graduates every year who become Business Leaders, Managers, Mechanics, Nurses, Accountants, Beauty Therapists, Engineers, Technicians, Chefs and more. 


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