Wed 4 Apr 2018

Second carpentry course for WITT

WITT has announced it will run a second carpentry course this year in response to high demand in Taranaki.

Academic Director Rod Bentham said the second pre-trade course would start in October and enrolments are being taken immediately.

“We are confident of demand  - the regional labour market statistics showed strong growth in positions in the construction industry both nationally and in Taranaki and it makes sense to ensure we  are providing trained people into the market.”

The first course, which started in February “maxed out” with 30 students, he said.

WITT’s carpentry course produces graduates with skills to go straight on to a building site and at the level to begin an apprenticeship.

Rod Bentham said the course would provide access to work for students, who could find jobs either in Taranaki or outside the region.

WITT News reported at the beginning of February in a story titled “Riding the Building Wave” – subsequently pickup by Stuff and Radio New Zealand – that WITT has promoted its New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) Carpentry programme this year by approving the construction of a 264 square metre carpentry workshop on its New Plymouth campus.

Work on the workshop is underway and students should be using it by May.

WITT had enrolled about 120 students in electrical, automotive, engineering and carpentry disciplines when the first semester began this year.

The graduates from this year’s carpentry courses will have a range of options for work – the Government plans to build 100,000 new homes over the next 10 years and there are significant building projects on the drawing board in Taranaki as well as Manawatu/Whanganui.