Tue 8 Dec 2020

Spike in Early Enrolments

2021 looks set to be a year of change, with a sharp increase in WITT’s early enrolments compared to the same time last year.

There are 714 full-time equivalent students already enrolled for programmes starting at WITT in 2021, compared to 371 enrolled at the same time last year; a 92 per cent increase. The enrolment numbers include both international and domestic students.

WITT Chief Executive John Snook said that the growth in enrolments is clear across the board, from trades and business to nursing.

“Our community are investing in themselves; they’re taking their future into their hands and pursuing opportunities to upskill and retrain,” he said.  “We’re seeing increased demand from people at all stages of life, ready to make a career change or simply develop the skills in their kete.”

John said the Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) has helped many people make the decision to study, with free training available in key industries like construction, primary industries, plumbing, electrical, engineering and healthcare.

“There’s a surge in trades enrolments and apprenticeships across Aotearoa as a result of the TTAF, and Taranaki is no different. It’s a great initiative that will build capacity in key industries as our nation recovers from Covid-19. That’s exactly the reason WITT is here – to deliver the skilled workforce our region needs.”

This year WITT expanded its offering in South Taranaki, introducing programmes from its Hāwera campus such as Exercise, Skills for Living and Hairdressing – complete with new training salon, Ataahua.

A number of new programmes will start at WITT in 2021, including the Bachelor of Engineering Technology and Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management.

John said that while some learners have already chosen their path for 2021, there are options available to those who are unsure of what direction they want to take.

“It’s not always easy to know where to start. For those considering retraining or looking at options for professional development, we have an expert team here to help and provide guidance,” he said. “At WITT we connect people to their future, and we’re committed to lifelong learning.

“Now is the time to invest in yourself.”