Fri 16 Feb 2018

The students return

Students new to WITT have been stepped through their new environments this week and given a clear picture of the resources available to them.

A series of powhiri have helped the students familiarise themselves with the New Plymouth campus.

Among them were 170 Trades Academy students, from Years 11 and 12, who will study at WITT one day a week to learn skills in their chosen field.

Another 12 EE2E (Engineering Education 2 Employment) students began yesterday and 72 Year 13 students started studying at Level 3 to gain NCEA credits.

Those 72 students study under the 3+2 government initiative for Year 13 students who have completed NCEA Level 2.  They will be at school for three days a week and at WITT for two.

WITT Trades Faculty Leader Angela Ferguson said the numbers enrolled on the programmes were pleasing.

“These programmes encourage students to return to school while we are able to support them in their pathways. Among the students we are seeing are some who were with us last year in the Trades Academy and have moved to the next level.

 She said school and teacher support for the programmes had been excellent.

 Maori and Pasifika students who gathered yesterday at Te Piere on WITT’s New Plymouth campus were given a pep talk by Kaitakawaenga Allana Prestney.

“We’ve all had journeys,” she said. “We have been stereotyped – it’s about saying that’s not right. You must be well, positive and know what direction you want to take.

The first term for WITT students officially starts on February 26. Orientation days are on February 26 in New Plymouth and February 27 in Hawera.

Chief executive Barbara George said WITT has enrolled more than 900 full time equivalent students – on target for 2018 and slightly up on 2017.