More learners seek futures through on-campus skills training

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Interest in on-campus vocational education is on the increase with Tai Poutini Polytechnic receiving 29.5% more full-time student enrolments so far in 2024 compared to the same period last year.

This is part of an overall growth in equivalent full-time student (EFTS) enrolments for campus-based and online divisions of the training sector, with a 7.4% increase recorded nationwide.

“As always the Outdoor Education programmes have been extremely popular, however we have mostly seen good trends in programmes across the board, and our accommodation is full once again” says Tai Poutini Polytechnic | Interim Operations Lead Vanessa Rankin.

Open Days and Drop-in sessions have been held throughout January and February to allow prospective learners the opportunity to get to know more about the programmes available, to meet kaimahi (tutors), tour the campus and receive support with applications and study link questions.

“We know learners want to connect in person on campus to find out more about how learning can fit around their lives and the lives of their whānau,” says Te Pūkenga Tumuaki |Chief Executive Gus Gilmore.

“Whether you’re currently in-work and looking to expand your horizons or a school leaver who wants to connect with a rewarding career, very often this first experience of being welcomed on to a campus is the beginning of a really strong and successful student journey,” says Mr Gilmore. 

Tai Poutini Polytechnic has welcomed learners in both Greymouth and Westport with a mihi whakatau. A number of activities were run during the first week with shared kai (food) being especially popular.  Mau Rākau is offered as a new activity by Te Whare Pū Rākau Matamata Te Tai o Poutini in partnership with Te Hono o Ngā Waka.  The regular breakfast club and free fruit Tuesdays are also about to begin.


Published 26 February 2024