Thu 31 Aug 2017

This weeks news briefs

Exhibit Bee...

Watch out for an exhibition by Spotswood College following an art workshop run by Ged Guy last week at WITT. A total of 23 Year 10 students spent three hours  in a collage and paint workshop that concluded with them learning about the wax encaustic process (originated from the Egyptians) of heating a thin layer of coloured beeswax and applying it over their final collage layer. Spotswood hope to hold a mini exhibition of their artworks (one of which is pictured) during October.

Employment data

WITT’s Academic Director Rod Bentham says the institute is pleased with its results in a comprehensive release of “provider level employment outcomes” data on Wednesday by the Tertiary Education Commission. The Ministry of Education has been compiling the data since 2013 and it plots the destination and median earnings of students who leave tertiary education organisations. The information is on the Ministry of Education website.

Promoting Local

The Engineering e2e Programme, which has been established to tackle a shortfall in the number of students enrolling for engineering qualifications offers some excellent information on its website – and has recently profiled a WITT success story. Check it out at


Check it out

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Admin & Technology) Level 3 and the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery at Levels 3 to 5 are among programmes being offered by WITT at half price. Check out what’s available at And if you have missed stories in earlier editions of WITT News, there’s a good chance you will find them there too.

 Where’s the cup?

A mixed WITT team is preparing to defend the polytech’s netball honour. Kura Kaupapa Maori, from Rangiatia, South Rd, threw down the gauntlet recently, reminding WITT of a netball rivalry which has been largely forgotten in recent years. WITT’s team manager Allana Prestney, informed that WITT held the trophy, ordered a search for the missing cup this week.

Employer talks

WITT students were given more good advice on getting into the workforce this week.   Brent Clement, from Clem Electrical spoke about  the importance of first impressions, of  following  up with a phone call after cold-calling with a CV and the areas for development for apprentices once they get signed up.  Next week, WITT ’s own  Nikki Truman (careers advisor) and Vicki Bouterey (Human Resources) will discuss  CV preparation and human resources roles.