Fri 23 Feb 2018

Engineering spots open

With more than 950 full-time equivalent enrolments at WITT for 2018, it will be a busy Monday for staff next week.

The increased focus on trades has been a feature of enrolments and work is soon to start on WITT’s new carpentry block.

­WITT's programme manager, Trades and Engineering, Kyle Hall, has been in the news recently discussing the opportunities for people to enter trades.

So most classes will be pretty full when the first semester starts on Monday.

But there is a notable exception.

Kyle says there is room for more students to study for a Level 4 Certificate in Engineering Technology and he is hoping publicity around that will encourage more to come forward.

The course is focussed on mechanical engineering and pathways into a New Zealand Diploma of Engineering.

Through collaboration with secondary schools and the engineering sector, WITT provides a pathway to that Level 6 qualification in engineering from a first rung for Year 11 secondary school students.

The Government promoted Engineering Education to Employment (E2E) programme, an initiative to increase the number of students enrolling in engineering qualifications, has seen almost a dozen students put their names forward at WITT.

The programme sees students spend three hours each Thursday at WITT and has attracted 11 students, including two female students.

Engineering tutor Yusuf Khan says there are still some spaces in his Level 6 New Zealand Diploma in Mechanical Engineering class for 2018.

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