Tue 18 Dec 2018

Courses for 2019

WITT has confirmed a series of changes in courses for 2019.

It is usual practice for new courses to be added and for some courses to be dropped when they fail to attract sufficient numbers.

For aspiring people wanting to work in the beauty or makeup industry there are two new programmes being offered the New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy Level 4 and a New Zealand Certificate in Makeup Artistry Level 4 and for those who want to be personal trainers, there is a New Zealand Certificate in Exercise Level 4.  In addition to these there the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design at Level 5, which replaces an existing programme.

Tutor Ged Guy will run a free portfolio and creative workshops to help potential students develop the skills needed in the Arts and Design programme and prepare a portfolio. The first will be on January 25 and you can get more information from Ged by emailing her on g.guy@witt.ac.nz.

Nicola Conley, Executive Director, People, Culture and Students, said making a decision to drop a programme which already had attracted enrolments was not taken lightly, but it was also important to make and announce the decision as early as possible.

“We have decided not to run the New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Emerging Stylist) Level 4, which we refer to as Hairdressing Year 2, in 2019.”

She said students who had enrolled in that programme could switch to the Hairdressing ITO training programme, provided they secured an apprenticeship. WITT had approached all students and was assisting those who wanted apprenticeships to find them.

Meanwhile, TIASA members at WITT have ratified a settlement which provides a 2% increase to salary rates and the living wage ($20.55) as the minimum hourly wage.

 The union, in a statement, called bargaining for the renewal of the Allied Staff Collective Agreement “extremely positive” and said it took just over four hours to conclude.

“In a sector that is currently facing many challenges, it is great to have the senior management of WITT Taranaki recognise and value their greatest resource – staff. WITT has not just talked about valuing staff, they have put their money where their values are,” said TIASA Chief Executive, Peter Joseph.

The collective agreement takes effect from October 1, 2018.