Fri 12 Oct 2018

Pathway course success

Secondary Tertiary Pathway (STP) programmes from schools to WITT are producing positive long-term results.

Latest data covering 2015-2017 presented to the WITT Academic Board suggests one in four school students who spend time at WITT will enrol in a full time programme– and those students are highly likely to complete with good results.

WITT provides tertiary teaching for secondary school students through STAR courses, the 3+2 programme and via a Trades Academy. More than 400 students enrolled in WITT courses after spending time in STP programmes.

Students tagged “pracademics” are given the opportunity to learn in a trades environment while still earning credits towards their NCEA.  The mix of time between the Polytechnic and School learning environments compliments student’s learnings pathway and gives them an early insight to a career in the trades.  Consequently, WITT is seeing stronger numbers of enrolments and great results.

Melissa Kay WITT’s STP manager said the indications of a 25 per cent pick up were exciting, as was the fact students progressing through the programmes had a high success rate, above 70%, once they graduate.

The 3+2 programme was first introduced at WITT last year and the figures produced to date are early – but positive.

Those enrolling lean towards Carpentry, Automotive and Engineering trades – 27% according to the current data. Also popular are foundation courses, nursing, business management and hair and beauty.

The Trades Academy Build a Bach programme, run in conjunction with Taranaki Futures, offers students the opportunity to learn building skills in the most practical way – they build a house on the WITT campus.

Warwick Foy, General Manager of Taranaki Futures, is also the national president of the Careers and Transition Education Association (Aotearoa) (CATE), which works in the field of career and transition education and has a national membership of more than 600.

“We’re delighted to see the positive outcomes from WITT but not surprised,” he said. “The STP staff have worked really hard over the last few years to develop streamlined systems and programmes that align with schools.

“We now have a comprehensive education to employment pathway where all stakeholders understand that learning and achieving can take place in a variety of settings. Students who achieve in STP and employer engaged programmes have a head start into work.  I personally congratulate all of the students who have experienced success on STP programmes.”


Pictured: Recent graduates of the WITT Trades Academy have experienced the benefits of exploring a tertiary learning pathway while still at secondary school.