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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to visit our roadshow in recent weeks – and we can’t wait to see more of you as we hold the final events across the region. Getting out and about in our community is important to TPP – especially as we all adapt to changes since the lockdown. As well as the roadshow, we’re reaching out to local businesses through an online survey to find out more about how the region is managing and where TPP might be able to offer support with training initiatives. Don’t forget – the Government is now funding free training in critical industries, so the time is right to consider upskilling or a change of focus. Your input, thoughts and feedback are always welcome; I look forward to hearing from you.




Business and job seekers benefit from Roadshow

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Around 40 local business owners, job seekers and students made the most of the first information session in TPP’s West Coast Training and Employment Roadshow at the end of July.

TPP, along with Development West Coast, the Ministry of Social Development, Department of Conservation and representatives of the civil construction and primary industries are touring the West Coast to talk directly with people about study and job opportunities.

The Roadshow kicked‐off in Greymouth on 21 July, and will be visiting Hokitika, Hari Hari, Franz Josef, Westport, Karamea and Reefton.

TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says it was great to have so many people at the first session. “It was a really good opportunity to talk about what’s going on around the region, for us to outline some of the new free training options now available and for other organisations to talk about opportunities for job seekers and employers.”

Feedback from those attending was positive and people were encouraged to attend upcoming sessions.

Roger Devlin, owner of RB Devlin Auto Electrical, said the Greymouth info session was the “most beneficial” he’d attended at TPP.

“I found the information very valuable and it was a very well conducted event. I was disappointed there weren’t even more business people in the room as I feel business owners would have benefited from attending.”

Tania Washer, Development West Coast Upskill Project Manager, said the Roadshow was a good opportunity to collaborate with the community.

“It was a fantastic networking opportunity where we could all hear about upcoming training options at TPP and employment initiatives throughout the West Coast. Already, directly from Tuesday night’s roadshow I have met with several business owners with a view to supporting them with funding for staff development. Together we are all working towards providing support and creating new job opportunities and develop business here on the West Coast.”

The roadshow sessions include:

  • An overview of new training options available
  • Details of what’s included in free training options under the Government’s Targeted Trades and Apprenticeships Fund.
  • How TPP can work with local businesses to offer new training opportunities
  • TPP’s new ways of working as part of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology – and what this means for access to more training options on the West Coast.
  • Speakers from Coast Connect, DWC and MSD on opportunities and support for our region.
  • Opportunities to speak with TPP, DWC and MSD staff about individual and business needs postlockdown and talk about options for support.

Remaining sessions are:

Hari Hari

Combined School / Community Event – Tuesday 4th August

South Westland Area School

Starts: 1:00PM

Franz Josef

Stakeholder Session – Tuesday 4th August

Full of Beans

Starts: 6:00PM


Stakeholder Info Session – Monday 10th August

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Westport Campus

Starts: 5:30PM


Combined School / Community event – Tuesday 11th August

Karamea Area School

Starts: 1:00PM


Stakeholder Info Session – Dates to be confirmed

See tpp.ac.nz for more info or call 0800 800 411.



Reaching out to local businesses


There’s still time to take part in TPP’s West Coast Business Survey – let us know how you’re managing post-COVID-19 and how we might offer support.

The survey link has been sent to local businesses, or you can find it online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/XGZ8KKZ - we’re keen to hear from you! The lockdown has had a significant impact on the local economy. As we gradually shift out of pandemic restrictions, our work or study needs are changing. TPP is supporting local businesses by providing training options that meet changing needs. We want to hear about your situation and so we can look at delivering new programmes that provide staff the skills needed to keep businesses up and running.

With the establishment of the NZ Institute of Skills and Education, TPP now has greater access to resources and opportunities to meet the training needs of our region.

We want to find out more about your current situations, plans for the future and where TPP might be able to help by providing targeted training programmes or short courses that upskill your staff.

And remember - the team at TPP is here to talk anytime about skills needs and training on the West Coast, so please give us a call any time to talk (0800 800 411).



Techweek offers online opportunities

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West Coasters made the most of Techweek 2020’s range of online seminars and events during July and August.

The annual technology event went completely online this year due to Covid-19, with a range of free webinars, tutorials and information sessions for anyone to join. The event ran from 27 July to 2 August, with both national and local options for people to join.

TPP supports the event every year by helping bring sessions – or in this case, setting up online events – for people around the West Coast to take part.

This year, the event was also supported by Development West Coast and the West Coast Technology Trust, who delivered events alongside TPP. The events were well-attended, with topics including session on doing business online, building your business brand, Facebook for community services and small business, and an introduction to Photoshop.


Study for free at TPP (TTAF) 

There are plenty of free training options available at TPP under the Government’s new fund to support critical industries post-lockdown.

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) offers free training for student in critical industries. TPP already offers a range of programmes that are included in the free training scheme, and can offer more programmes if there is demand.

Free training covers those training in: 

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries (including aquaculture) and forestry;
  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;
  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling and community health, including mental health and addiction support;
  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;
  • Electrical engineering; and
  • Road transport (eg heavy vehicle operator).

For a full list of programmes covered by the fund, visit https://www.tec.govt.nz/funding/funding-and-performance/funding/fund-finder/targeted-training-and-apprenticeship-fund/qualifications-and-programmes/
Or call TPP on 0800 800 411.



West Coast educators discuss collaboration

WC Educators Lunch

Coming together to discuss initiatives to support West Coasters get into training and jobs was the aim of TPP’s careers lunch in July.

The initiative, which brings together careers advisors, educators, and people working in employment and skills training to discuss trends and opportunities, was started last year by TPP. The latest event was delayed due to the lockdown, but there were plenty of issues to discuss at the July session.

Hosted by TPP Coast Connect Career Hub Coordinator Maree Thomas, and catered by TPP’s cookery students, the session was attended by around a dozen representatives. Guest speaker Mark Rowbottom, of the NZ Police, spoke to the group about career opportunities within the New Zealand police force.

Maree Thomas says the event is a good opportunity for West Coasters working in the skills and employment industries to connect and consider initiatives and how to support each other.



Civil Plant students contribute to community project

Marae Powhiri

TPP’s Auckland Civil Plant students helped-out the community recently by lending a hand at the marae neighbouring their campus.

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae, which runs a programme teaching organic food production using traditional Māori values and ethics and provides the community with fresh organic certified foods grown at the marae, needed a new leveled pad to hold a fish processing container.

The students were eager to help out and, over four days, cleared and prepared the site and created the pad, getting hands-on work experience and learning more about community activities.

Students were welcomed by powhiri and were humbled to be a part of the valuable community project.



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