Fri 22 Feb 2019

Trades numbers boom

As WITT gears up for Orientation Week, enrolments in trades courses are eclipsing previous years – and applications in the automotive sector have hit a five year high.

The increased numbers come on the back of WITT working with schools and the ‘Got a Trade? Got it Made!’ promotion.

Orientation Week at WITT will feature powhiri at the New Plymouth campus on Monday and Hāwera on Tuesday. About 2180 students are enrolled at WITT for the first semester.

The last of four information sessions for incoming students will also be held at WITT’s New Plymouth campus from 9am to 1pm tomorrow.

More than 150 of those students will be enrolled in trades.

Trades Faculty Leader Angela Ferguson said that by yesterday (Thursday) afternoon there had been 63 application in automotive, 32 in construction, 48 in electrical and 18 in mechanical engineering.

School students who have an interest in the trades find their needs are well catered for by transition programmes through WITT’s Secondary Tertiary Pathway department.

For 2019 WITT introduces a new programme under the Secondary Tertiary Pathway umbrella for year 12 and 13 students with an interest in Engineering.  The programme is aligned with Industry and incorporates one day a week work experience and a trailer building project at WITT one day a week.  This was recently announced with partners Taranaki Futures and Engineering Taranaki Consortium. 

“There are still spaces available on this new and exciting programme,” Angela said.

It was clear that awareness of the courses had increased, and that students were understanding the message of the “Got a Trade?” programme.

“Our Trades Academy, for example, is oversubscribed this year,” she said.

“There is a bevy of options available, and there will be more in July.”


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