Enrolments open for 2023 West Coast training programmes

8 Sep 2022

Enrolments open for 2023 West Coast training programmes Tai Poutini Polytechnic is encouraging West Coasters to start looking into local learning options for 2023 as the institute prepares to become “Te Pūkenga” in the new year. Enrolments are now open for all of Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s popular training programmes in 2023, including outdoor education, trades, cookery, tourism and hospitality, jade carving, agriculture, the NEW Horticulture programme and many more. Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says there’s been a lot of work underway in recent months as the roll-out of the new national vocational training model gains momentum, but learners should not notice significant changes at the outset apart from a change in name. “We’re working closely with our community and with Te Pūkenga on the detail of the new system to ensure the needs of the West Coast’s employers and learners are met. But, apart from a name change from next year, learners will go on learning as they have previously. “We understand the changes can raise questions or cause confusion for what this means locally – we’re reassuring West Coasters that programmes will continue running just as they always have, as long as we have people enrolling – which has always been the case. “Clearly there are some questions being...

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New Westport trapping programme supports predator free goal

2 Sep 2022

New Westport trapping programme supports predator free goal  West Coasters can contribute to New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 goals by taking part in a short course in predator trapping methods being offered in Westport in September. Developed by the Department of Conservation and Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Tai Poutini Polytechnic and the Buller District Council are teaming-up to bring the two-day workshop to the West Coast through the new West Coast Conservation Training and Employment Hub. The workshop focuses on rats, stoats and possums, educating students about the problem these predators pose to native species. Learners get out in the field to learn how to effectively trap predators and covers technical work includes technical information and advice on creating and implementing an effective predator control plan. Tutor and NMIT Conservation Field Skills Team Leader Becs Gibson says the training will be beneficial to those with a little or a lot of predator control experience. “Predator trapping is a skill, and this training aims to hone those skills – whether you are a beginner or have years of experience in the field. Developing a predator control plan, based on best practice and understanding your target predator are key to saving our native species and creating an environment that provides...

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Strong interest TPP mining and quarrying programmes

14 Aug 2022

Strong interest TPP mining and quarrying programmes A record number of students from around the South Island have enrolled in Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s second‐semester mining and quarrying programme as they prepare for future management training. The recent course on regulatory requirements as they apply to mining and quarrying operations was so oversubscribed that it was split it into two separate classes. The successful completion of this course is a key step on the journey to becoming a mine or quarry manager in New Zealand. Infrastructure Tutor Johannes Annandale says while the second‐semester training is usually busy, there could be a number of reasons for the significant jump in this year’s numbers. “We always have strong interest in our mining and quarrying programmes, both from individuals and from companies looking to upskill their staff and get them trained for mine or quarry management positions. “It’s clearly a reflection of the industry right now and, given pending changes in legislation that will place greater requirements on mine and quarry operations to have employees with A‐grade or BGrade certificates of compliance, there’s a growing demand for training in this space. “We know that the industry is growing and employers are keen to see additional staff trained in health and safety and regulatory requirements. The recent high number of trainees could also be...

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