Fri 29 Jun 2018

Employers opportunity

Taranaki employers are being encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to upskill their staff on WITT courses due to start soon.

Faculty Leaders Carol Curtin and Angela Ferguson say three courses in business and hospitality stand out.

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) offers an opportunity for employers to use their professional development budget to maximum effect.

“This course is fees-free and is aimed at people who are in employment and are in a new role as a manager or supervisor, or are likely to be appointed in the near future,” Carol said.

The course is planned to run at WITT from late July and will involve three two-day workshop sessions where learners are taught how to lead operations, to lead a team and to lead productivity.

Carol says the course would appeal to employers across the board – from local bodies to small businesses.

“The fact that we are running workshops will also give learners an opportunity to study alongside other new-to-management people from other industries.”

She said WITT would build flexibility into the course.

“It may be employers want staff to concentrate on one or two of the three workshops initially.  In that case we can arrange for the student to take the other module when the course runs again.”

She said if a larger business wanted to put a group of staff through the course, she would also look at moving the training onto that company’s site.

The course, which was developed by the Institute of Management New Zealand, has just been completed in Hamilton, run by the WITT owned NZIHT. It catered for staff from engineering, road constructions and regional council sectors.

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Taranaki’s hospitality industry is populated by an army of WITT graduates and Faculty Leader Angela Ferguson hopes to see the trend continue with graduates from the soon-to-start Level 3 Bakery and Level 4 Food and Beverage courses.

The Level 4 course sets staff on their way to earning a manager’s certificate.

It focuses on beverage and food management and teaches the history of beer and provides an understanding of wine and also comes with a City and Guilds qualification.

“For someone who has been in the industry for a while, this can be the next step to a supervisory role,” Angela said. “It is effectively a full-time 17-week course so it will suit people who are now working part-time in the industry.”  

The Level 3 Bakery course will be taught in WITT’s modern kitchens.

The course will give students knowledge and skills required to launch a career in cheffing, restaurants, cafés, catering and fast food operations.

 “It is also as stepping stone to Level 4 Cookery or getting a baking apprenticeship – and that’s a great career option.”

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