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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TPP to meet demand for support learning on the West Coast

18 Sep 2020

TPP to meet demand for support learning on the West Coast   In response to significant demand across the West Coast, Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is planning to launch a new programme in early 2021 that helps supported learning students transition into tertiary study. Right now, there are no post-high school training programmes available for supported learning students on the West Coast. TPP has been speaking with educators, whanau and social services for several months about bridging the gap. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says it’s clear from the feedback received from across the community that access to tertiary training is an issue for supported learning students. “We intend to start with a pilot training programme that will offer foundation skills and basic training with a hospitality focus for supported learning students. We realise that the demand will be high for the programme and we’ll be taking a staged approach to rolling out more training options in the future. “We held an information evening earlier this year with educators, families and support services to get an idea of the need. We’ll be inviting people back later this year to discuss what we’re offering in 2021 in more detail, as well as hearing from them what additional support services we...

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