While students will be based at WITT they will complete the practical-based elements of the programme at TOPEC and will be involved with running the project E Hoki Ana Hei Kaitiaki - Return to Guardianship.
Combining education with nature means the Return to Guardianship E Hoki Ana Hei Kaitiaki Collaborative Project will restore and recreate an ecosystem to escape to, learn in and learn from. The endpoint will see the health of the ngahere and awa reflected in the well-being and participation of the community; not as occupiers, but as kaitiaki.
Justin Bigwood Lead for Education and Teaching said it’s exciting to see WITT expanding their programme offerings in the environmental space.
“The addition of the environmental management programmes means that students are now able to pathway from the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Conservation (Level 4),” he said.
Justin said the programmes are for anyone who has a keen interest in the natural environment and loves to be outdoors.
“The Taranaki region provides a rich and accessible learning environment for students as well as exciting opportunities for graduates alongside local projects like Predictor Free 2050.”
“The environmental management programmes are the equivalent of the first and second year of a Bachelor of Science degree, setting students up with the skills to help save the planet,” he said.