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Stakeholder News | May 2021

Good news this month with a range of new initiatives and events on the horizon. I’m pleased that we are able to support the revitalisation of our Greymouth town centre with the gifting of a large limestone sculpture that our students will carve throughout the year. It’s a great way to weave the community into what we do here on campus and you’ll find out more below. We’ve also got our annual Techweek coming up, with some great local events, and the West Coast Pathways Career Expo is just around the corner with some great opportunities for local students and job-seekers. I look forward to seeing you all at some of the upcoming events.

Alex Cabrera
TPP Chief Executive


Inspiring speakers to draw crowds to West Coast Pathways Career Expo

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Tai Poutini Polytechnic is excited to announce that Kiwi explorer and role model William Pike will be speaking at the upcoming West Coast Pathways Career Expo.

William Pike is well-known to many schools and parents across the region through the annual William Pike Challenge, an exciting outdoor education and community programme run in primary schools around the country. Pike is a sportsman and explorer who was trapped and lost his leg while climbing when Mt Ruapehu erupted in 2007. He has gone on to become a sought-after motivational speaker and inspiration to students and others around the country.

He is sure to draw bigger crowds than ever to this year’s West Coast Pathways Career Expo in June. With more than 40 businesses and training providers taking part, this year’s event will be the biggest showcase of career opportunities the West Coast has seen in recent years.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is leading the event along with support from the West Coast Pathways Committee, Grey District Council Mayors Task Force for Jobs, Development West Coast Upskill Project, West Coast Trades Academy, West REAP and the Ministry of Education.

The expo is the largest annual careers event held on the West Coast and is set to be bigger than ever this year.

Another guest speaker, award-winning farm manager Rachael Lind, will be on-hand to talk about what it takes to make a career on the land and show that it’s not just a job for the boys. Lind is a Dairy Farm Manager and recently won the West Coast Top of the South Dairy Awards – Farm Manager of the Year; she also took out the Top Farm Award for Pamu Farms this year.

Expo organisers are bringing local businesses, training providers and inspiring guests together under one roof to benefit West Coast locals and students. We’ve got a great line-up of participants including the Department of Conservation, Ngai Tahu Forestry, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, Open Polytechnic, Southern Institute of Technolody, NZ Defence Force, University of Canterbury, the Electoral Commission, Ministry of Social Development and many, many more!

Visitors will be able to check out training and employment options, join in on workshops and listen to speakers. The event is open to the public and schools. https://www.tpp.ac.nz/pathways/

WESTPORT
Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Venue: Pulse Energy Centre - Cnr Pakington Street and Domett Street, Westport

GREYMOUTH
Date: Thursday, 17 June 2021
Time: 9.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth


 

Students get cooking for Pink Ribbon month

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Tai Poutini Polytechnic students are cooking and serving for a good cause as they prepare to roll-out a decadent three-course Pink Ribbon Brunch.

Anyone can book a table of four for brunch, to be served in the Polytechnic’s Restaurant in Greymouth on Tuesday 25 May 2021. The special menu will include three courses – a house-made granola to start, followed by eggs benedict options, scones and house made preserve and sweet health balls to finish. There will be two sittings, 10am and 12pm, with tables for four people being offered for $40 per person.

All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer pink ribbon month fundraisers through the West Coast Cancer Society.

Cookery tutors Bradley Stanger and Evelyne Baumgartner, along with Food and Beverage Tutor Dean Thomas say this is a wonderful opportunity for students to support a good cause while honing their culinary skills.

“Our students have been involved from the outset in this event, planning and preparing the menu, developing the dishes and getting ready to welcome the public.

“These sorts of events are fantastic learning opportunities where students are challenged to deliver to paying customers. We love to watch them thrive in this environment, putting all their efforts into delivering an amazing experience for our guests. It’s also a great way to get students involved in their community and get them thinking about charity and supporting a good cause.”

The event will involve both Cookery and Food and Beverage students, working alongside tutors to plan, prepare and present the brunch.

Seats are limited – so get in now to book a table and support a fantastic cause! Dietary requirements can be catered for if raised at booking time.

Pink Ribbon Brunch Fundraiser
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Starting 10am or 12pm
Tai Poutini Polytechnic Restaurant Greymouth
To book call 0800 800 411 or visit Greymouth campus reception


 

Polytechnic sculpture to be gifted to community

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Level 3 Hard Stone & Jade Carving students Darryn Rae and Tama Coulston show the proposed sculpture concept to Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson and Left Bank Art Gallery Manager Cassandra Struve. 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic carving students are working on a limestone sculpture that will be gifted to the local community at the end of the year.

The large artwork will be part of the Greymouth Business and Promotions Association (GBPA) CBD Revitalisation Plan and is to adorn the Town Square. The artwork will be displayed in the courtyard of the Left Bank Art Gallery as part of the upgrade of the area and the conversion of the gallery garage into a West Coast Hut.

Students will work on the sculpture as their group project for 2021, beginning with talking to the gallery and business association about the design details. It will be completed by the end of the year and presented to the community ahead of the annual student jade carving exhibition in December.

Hard Stone & Jade Carving Tutor Sheree Warren says students are delighted that their work will contribute to the town’s revitalisation.

“We are focused on developing the concept for the design and students will work together on the carving throughout the year. Each year we carry out a group project as part of our curriculum and it feels right that we gift this to the local community.”

Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the project is a great way for the Polytechnic to connect with and support the local community.

“We’re really excited that the artwork will be on display for everyone to see and that the gallery will include it in its collection. Working alongside the GBPA beautification project has been a great opportunity for us to strengthen our ties with the local community.”

Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson says it’s fantastic to see the community coming together to contribute to the revitalisation of the town centre.

“Public artworks are a great way to connect people to places and I know that the community will be excited to see what the students are designing. I’m really looking forward to watching the artwork progress during the year and would like to offer a big thank you on behalf of the town to the Polytechnic and the students involved for sharing their work with us all.”

Justine Donaldson, GBPA Deputy Chair and CBD Beautification Project Lead, says it’s fantastic to have the support of the Polytechnic.

“We’re really looking forward to working with students on a design that works for our town centre. The beautification project is all about creating a town centre we can be proud of and attracting more people to visit, so artworks like this are fantastic to have. We can’t wait to watch the design emerge throughout the year as the students work on the piece, then have it unveiled in the heart of town.


 

National news from Te Pūkenga

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Work on the development of the Te Pūkenga operating model is progressing, with feedback now closed on proposed service concepts that will guide the way the organisation works.

The operating model, which is due to be presented to the Minister for consideration by the end of the year, will cover what the new organisation does and how, who it is there to serve, processes and policies to govern activity, necessary staff capability, and delivery and monitoring. The concepts it is focusing on are:

  • Adaptive Skills Framework + Lifelong Learner Record – learners’ ability to plan for their future based on learning across a range of providers.
  • My Teacher, My Way – flexible, learner-focused delivery
  • Mātauranga Innovation Hub – physical and virtual spaces where mātauranga (Māori knowledge) inspires and drives creativity, collaboration, and design of Māori futures.
  • Te Pūkenga Rovers – a remote support service team that travels the regions.
  • Every Step of the Way – a focus on proactive support for learner wellbeing.
  • Digital Cooperatives – a space for employers and others to come together to share resources and knowledge.
  • A Good Place to Work – standards within Te Pūkenga to support all learners.

Work-based learning subsidiary to be established

Progress is being made on the transition of work-based learning to the Te Pūkenga with a new subsidiary focused on work-based learning to be established soon.

Earlier this year, four Transitional Industry Training Organisations signed Letters of Intent to transition some or all of the arranging of work-based training functions to Te Pūkenga before the end of 2021. That includes Competenz, Connexis, BCITO and MITO. The details of the transition, and future of work-based learning, are currently being worked through.

The establishment of the new work-based learning subsidiary is a necessary step which Te Pūkenga needs to put in place as part of the legal arrangements to transition those TITOs who have indicated they would like to transition to become part of Te Pūkenga.

Find out more about the reimagining of vocational learning at www.tepukenga.ac.nz


 

Get amongst Techweek on the West Coast!

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Make the most of the free local events on offer during Techweek at the end of May. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is once again getting behind the national event to help bring Techweek to the West Coast.

Techweek is a nationwide series of events, running from 22-30 May 2021, showcasing and celebrating New Zealand innovation. The event provides a platform for everyone to meet, share ideas and create connections to enhance our future world. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is the local coordinator supporting the event by helping host a range of events right here on the West Coast.

The week is jam packed with a wide range of events that have a digital or technology focus.

Whether you want to gain an insight into website design and search engine optimisation, digital marketing 101, digital drop-in clinics right through to podcast collaborations and even beginners vlogging. The majority of events are free and all you need to do is register.

Come join us for Techweek 2021. To find out more visit www.tpp.ac.nz/techweek


 

A career in trades is not just for the boys

Our latest monthly blog from Coast Connect Employment and Career Hub Coordinator Maree Thomas

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More and more women are seeking out jobs in traditionally male-dominated trades industries like building and mining and finding out that these are fantastic industries for everyone.

Right now there are jobs on the West Coast across a range of trades industries and we’re seeing more women interested in getting started in a hands-on career. There are no barriers for women in these jobs, with diversity in the workplace expanding across many sectors.

We recently had a local tradie in to talk with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s budding carpentry students, and four of the students in the room were women. They are excited by the job opportunities out there right now and are finding out that it’s a great industry for everyone. There are plenty of women doing great things in areas that were once thought of as “for the boys” and we want to encourage people to consider all options when thinking about their future.

Right now, women make up 51% of the population but only 19% of construction roles and just 2.6% of all people in trades-based roles. There’s plenty of room for that number to grow, especially as New Zealand’s construction industry is experiencing a nationwide skills shortage. We know there are jobs out there and there are lots of reasons that women can fill these, bringing diversity and a broader range of experience and knowledge to the industry.

Here at the Coast Connect Employment and Career Hub (at the Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus), we’re available to help anyone with guidance and advice for enrolling in training and looking for a career in trades.

With more women showing an interest in trades-related training, we’re also considering setting up some focused community meetings where women in leadership roles in our community can share their stories, hear from others and offer encouragement and support.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of inspiration, ideas and support to be had for women pursing new and interesting careers options on the West Coast. You’ll find some great info from Women in Trades, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes trades and trades training for woman to pursue their career pathways and to support employers on hiring, supporting and developing woman in trades roles – visit here. CareersNZ also offers information on trades-related pathways and great stories about people working in the industry – visit here.

And don’t forget, you can always drop into the Greymouth Coast Connect Employment and Career Hub or coastconnect.co.nz to find out more.


 

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