Mon 18 May 2020

WITT sets up with Chamber in CBD

WITT and the Taranaki Chamber of Commerce today announced plans to work more closely than ever, with an extension of their existing partnership agreement that will see them working together in the Chamber premises on New Plymouth’s Egmont Street.

Chief Executive John Snook said that operating from the CBD premises will provide the community with better access to WITT from the downtown location.

“Working closely with the Chamber helps us to better serve the community,” he said.  “Having a place in town gives WITT more interface with the public, to provide study information, career advice and help with enrolments.”

As well providing a place for the community to call in and explore study options, WITT will offer some of its stand-alone courses from Chamber House that will start in July. There are also plans to introduce initiatives such as drop-in Te Reo Māori immersion sessions, a B2B professional development series, as well as one specifically tailored to not-for-profits.

John said the agreement with the Chamber is part of a bigger picture, aligning to Te Korowai Mātauranga o Taranaki, WITT’s 2020-2024 Strategy, as well as stepping up to assist in Covid-19 recovery.

“WITT now has a home in the CBD, and operating strategically alongside the Chamber means we can work better together to assist with the community recovery plan.

“We’ll also be closer to our colleagues at Taranaki Futures and the Engineering Taranaki Consortium, who are also located in Chamber House, and Venture Taranaki on the same block. It provides an opportunity for Taranaki to come together for the recovery of our region.”

John said that as a pillar in the Taranaki community, the Chamber is instrumental in promoting and protecting the local economy.

“The Chamber plays a hugely important role in Taranaki, even more so in the current climate,” he said. “By building on our existing relationship with the Chamber and with its members, we are strengthening what we can offer our region.”

Chamber CEO Arun Chaudhari said as the nation recovers and rebuilds towards a different kind of future, it is a prime time to train and educate ourselves.

“The Taranaki Chamber of Commerce plays a major role as a training facilitator for businesses. We see this new partnership with WITT as an ideal opportunity for everybody in Taranaki to view Chamber House as a place of learning to add to their business and life skills.

“Education is the passport to the future. We are delighted that with the help of Taranaki’s largest tertiary provider and an understanding landlord, Chamber House can now be a place where education and business support can be delivered together. An investment in knowledge pays the richest dividends.”

WITT is expected to set up in Chamber House next week.