Wed 22 Aug 2018

WITT importance underlined

New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young and National’s deputy leader Paula Bennett were given an insight into hospitality and construction programmes at Witt this week.

The visit included a tour of the kitchen facilities where Paula Bennett was able to chat with domestic and international students - and commented that the “amazing” smell of Moroccan Braised Beef they were cooking. 

The new construction facility, The Shed, was officially opened last week and the Deputy Leader met with the lead tutor Chris Gibson who also showed her through the pair of three bedrooms houses being built on site.

Witt has readied its building site with a permanent footprint and fencing to respond to increased demand and Paula Bennett commented that The Shed was an impressive space and a great facility for the region. 

WITT chief executive Barbara George discussed the regional need for a skilled workforce and demonstrated how the polytech was responding to demand from both students and employers.

The current cohort of construction students will graduate in November and it is expected most will enter apprenticeships.

Paul Bennett is also National’s spokesperson on tertiary education, skills and employment. She told Stuff it was important to have WITT in the region. The Polytech had a “fantastic relationship with employers” and its return from a category 3 to a category 2 polytech was "progress".

The MPs also visited the Taranaki Careers and Training Expo at TSB Stadium.


Pictured: Paula Bennett, pictured with, from left, Kyle Hall, Jonathan Young, Barbara George, Ken Taiapa and Robin Brockie, was shown WITT’s new carpentry block, The Shed.