Going into BAT for admin programme

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Business administration tutor Mary-Ellen Batchelor can lay claim to teaching many former and current WITT administrative staff, launching their careers just like she launched hers by studying at WITT.

“The business administration and technology (BAT) programme is wonderful – once you have that foundation in admin you can take the skills anywhere – run your own business, charity work, private sector – you can work anywhere, for anyone,” says Mary-Ellen.

Mary-Ellen is also a WITT graduate. As a full-time stay-at-home mum she tested the waters of adult education and embarked on a fine arts programme of study.

“I took the brave step to enrol in one course.  After the first class I was hooked and enrolled in the Bachelor of Visual Arts at WITT.”

She remembers being well supported by tutors.

“I studied part-time to eventually graduate and achieve a goal I never thought was possible for me.”

Her teaching career began when she was approached to teach some community arts classes, which she did alongside working in an administration role at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. When a full-time teaching position in the Business School at WITT came up, she jumped the chance to focus on her love of teaching.

Ten years later she says what keeps her in the role is being able to help others fulfil their dreams to upskill and gain employment. 

“I enjoy learning and I belong to the ethos of lifelong learning.  I’m currently studying for a Masters in Management.”

Two former BAT students work in the Registry Team at WITT enrolling new learners and greeting visitors to the Bell Street campus. Team Leader Carla Davis says: “The BAT programme has been a great foundation for my career and when a BAT graduate applies for work at WITT we know what to expect.”

Carla’s son, Sheldon Rennie, has also completed the BAT programme and has now established his own business, Equal - Accounting and Bookkeeping Services.

Following the career journeys of her former ākonga is like a who’s who in Taranaki.

“I am proud of all my students and enjoy seeing where they pop up and what they are achieving in the workforce,” says Mary-Ellen.

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