EER Results Announced

15 Mar 2021

Improvements see jump in polytechnic quality rating A focus on quality and process improvements at Tai Poutini Polytechnic has resulted in an improvement to the institute’s NZQA quality rating. NZQA has confirmed that it is confident about the polytechnic’s educational performance and is highly confident in its self-assessment capability. Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s External Evaluation and Review (EER) outcome has resulted in an improvement in rating from Category 3 to Category 2. The report noted that new processes had “led to wide-ranging, well-embedded improvements for learners and stakeholders”. It also found that students get strong support from staff and that “…a clear understanding of, and growing connection with, the communities of the West Coast region are also evident.” TPP Chief Executive Alex Cabrera welcomed the positive rating as a reflection of the hard work and improvements the institute had made in recent times. “We introduced a Quality Improvement Plan in 2018. This work has resulted in continual and significant improvements right across the organisation and we’re extremely pleased it has been reflected in NZQA’s findings. “The Government has continued to support Tai Poutini Polytechnic in recent years, providing financial support to allow us to keep delivering training and vocational education that meets the needs of the West Coast. During that time, we set some tough goals for ourselves and everyone has worked...

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Agricultural training pilot makes it easier for West Coast students to get jobs

19 Feb 2021

Agricultural training pilot makes it easier for West Coast students to get jobs   An innovative West Coast education initiative aims to get more agriculture learners in jobs more quickly by giving them better training options. In a collaboration between Primary ITO and Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), the pilot initiative will see 12 people studying for a New Zealand Certificate in Agriculture, sharing their time between the two tertiary education providers. The pilot programme will see both organisations work together as part of the wider reimagining of vocational learning in Aotearoa. The initiative meets the objectives of Te Pūkenga, the new national vocational training body, to put learners at the centre, work together at a regional level and explore new ways to benefit West Coast learners, employers, industry and the wider community. Primary ITO Executive General Manager Andrea Leslie says the key difference to other programmes will be that learners can seamlessly move between learning at the polytechnic, to on the job, or back to the polytechnic without disrupting their studies. Traditionally, learners at polytechnics are full-time or part-time students, while trainees and apprentices learn mainly on the job with industry training organisations (ITOs). Under the pilot, learners will end up with the same qualification and have access to the same...

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Free training options contribute to TPP enrolment jump

23 Nov 2020

Free training options contribute to TPP enrolment jump   Almost twice as many people have enrolled to study at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) in 2021 compared with this time last year. As at the beginning of November 2020, enrolments for semester one 2021 programmes had reached nearly 70% of the enrolment target, compared to 40% at the same time last year. Mequa Hourston, Leader – Engagement says interest in trades training and free study options had contributed to the jump in enrolments. “There’s high demand for our popular outdoor education, ski patrol, jade and hardstone carving and digger school programmes, and we’re also seeing increased interest in other trades programmes such as carpentry and automotive engineering. The Government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) means study is free for all students across a range of TPP programmes including carpentry, civil plant operation (digger school), agriculture and mechanical engineering. Applications for enrolment in all of these programmes – and right across TPP – remain open. Whether you’re just getting started in your career or looking to change focus, there are some great study options at TPP. Give us a call, visit the website or email us to find out more. Call TPP on 0800 800 411, email or head to For more information contact: Mequa Hourston, Leader - Engagement DDI: 03 7699 405 |...

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