Polytechnic plans new culinary programme

11 Dec 2015

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is redeveloping its culinary programmes to bring a new, uniquely West Coast flavour to its cookery training. General Manager West Coast Operations Rob van Lent says the aim is to provide a new suite of courses that reflects the vibrant West Coast tourism market, meets the expectations of visitors and the local demand for skilled chefs. “This is a great opportunity to work with our community partners and develop a training programme that will meet the needs of the local community, the wider industry and our students. “We are planning to create a high quality programme that is recognised and valued by students and industry, not just on the West Coast, but nationally and around the world. We want a programme that has synergies with other TPP developments that aim to build on the West Coast brand, our growing international relationships, and our focus on excellence in customer service and visitor experiences. “We want to get the new programme up and running as soon as possible, but we will take some time to research and plan to make sure we get it right,” Mr van Lent says. To ensure that this develops quickly and innovatively, Mr Ian Hooker has agreed to lead the development team. He...

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Polytechnic programme in demand with US students

29 Sep 2015

Polytechnic programme in demand with US students Demand is high for the next planned venture between Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) and a top United States business school. Last summer, TPP hosted 14 students from the prestigious Wharton Business School to take part in a New Zealand “Coast-to-Coast” themed leadership training course. Every year as part of their training, Wharton students take part in a series of “ventures” in locations all around the world. Director Experiential Leadership Centre Dave Ritchie says the venture was so successful that 110 Wharton students have already joined the waitlist for the next TPP-led course. “We have developed a great working relationship with Wharton Business School and they tell us that our NZ-based venture has received more interest from students than any other on offer. “It is great to know that we are making an impact on this globally recognised business education provider. We will continue to develop our partnership and welcome more Wharton students to New Zealand.” Read the full press release here. 

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Polytechnic partners with China tourism research institute

22 Sep 2015

Polytechnic partners with China tourism research institute Tourism training on the West Coast has been given a boost, as Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) announces a new partnership with the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI). TPP’s Lead Innovation Consultant Zane Smith says the partnership is important to TPP’s International Strategy, giving access to the latest information on what outbound Chinese tourists are doing around the world. “TPP has been working with COTRI on a number of projects over the last two years, most recently co-presenting a seminar at the China Outbound Tourism and Trade Market in Beijing. “The exclusive partnership we have set up with COTRI means we now have at our fingertips the latest detailed information on what’s happening within China and with Chinese people traveling globally. We can use this information to tailor our training to the needs of the market.” TPP plans to integrate tourism training programmes with COTRI and is offering Chinese Tourists Welcoming (CTW) training programmes within New Zealand. These programmes are designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the Chinese market and concentrate on maximising product offerings and providing the high quality service to this important source tourism market. TPP and COTRI are also working on a range of services specific to the...

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14 Sep 2015

Allegations of short changing student learning time on its search and rescue courses and enrolling staff as “ghost students” are baseless says Tai Poutini Polytechnic. These allegations have been made against Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) by the Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand (SARINZ), a private search and rescue training company, which has a commercial history with TPP. The Polytechnic has contracted SARINZ to deliver training programmes in the past but this commercial relationship ended in 2013 when the Polytechnic started delivering the training directly.   Over the years the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have independently investigated a range of complaints from SARINZ against TPP, and found them to have no foundation. TPP stands by its search and rescue delivery and works closely with New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) – the national coordinating body for the search and rescue sector – to ensure that all training delivered is appropriate and enhances the safety of the sector. The Polytechnic continues to refute the most recent claims made by SARINZ, through Labour MP David Cunliffe, which are addressed specifically below: “Ghost enrolments” – all student enrolments require passport or birth certificate verification to qualify for funding. In addition all search and rescue-related enrolments...

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Carpentry house up for charity auction

8 Sep 2015

Carpentry house up for charity auction Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) will auction this year’s student-built carpentry house to the public, with the proceeds less direct costs of materials being donated to charity. Every year, TPP students work on a new home as part of their carpentry training. The home, which is built under real quality and consent conditions, is usually offered for sale to members of the public through a ballot system. TPP Facilities Manager Doug Griffin says this year the Polytechnic has partnered with West Coast  Coastguard and will put the house up for public auction, with the net proceeds going to the charity which is raising funds for a new vessel. “We are doing things a little differently this year and offering the public a great opportunity to bid for a brand new, quality home. We are also excited to be partnering with West Coast Coastguard and hope we can make a solid contribution to the charity.” read the full press release here. [sitetree_link,id=673]

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Polytechnic welcomes industry leader to School of Mines

29 Jul 2015

Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) new Director – School of Mines, Peter O’Sullivan, plans to use his industry contacts and professional connections to ensure TPP is the mining trainer of choice in the wider New Zealand minerals industry. Peter is recognised as a leader in New Zealand’s minerals industry and brings a wealth of experience in environmental safety, regulation development and industry professional standards to his new role. “I am really looking forward to this role and utilising my extensive networks to develop the mining training programmes on offer at TPP so that it becomes the mining trainer of choice across New Zealand.” Read the full press release here.

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