Strong interest TPP mining and quarrying programmes

14 Aug 2022

Strong interest TPP mining and quarrying programmes A record number of students from around the South Island have enrolled in Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s second‐semester mining and quarrying programme as they prepare for future management training. The recent course on regulatory requirements as they apply to mining and quarrying operations was so oversubscribed that it was split it into two separate classes. The successful completion of this course is a key step on the journey to becoming a mine or quarry manager in New Zealand. Infrastructure Tutor Johannes Annandale says while the second‐semester training is usually busy, there could be a number of reasons for the significant jump in this year’s numbers. “We always have strong interest in our mining and quarrying programmes, both from individuals and from companies looking to upskill their staff and get them trained for mine or quarry management positions. “It’s clearly a reflection of the industry right now and, given pending changes in legislation that will place greater requirements on mine and quarry operations to have employees with A‐grade or BGrade certificates of compliance, there’s a growing demand for training in this space. “We know that the industry is growing and employers are keen to see additional staff trained in health and safety and regulatory requirements. The recent high number of trainees could also be...

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New café skills programme responds to West Coast demand

9 Jun 2022

New café skills programme responds to West Coast demand Strong demand from learners and employers, and the expectation that border re-openings will stoke the West Coast tourism industry, has prompted Tai Poutini Polytechnic to offer a new café skills programme through the West Coast Trades Academy. The programme will start in June and offer students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work in the busy café and hospitality industry. Tai Poutini Polytechnic is the largest provider of training options through the West Coast Trades Academy which gives secondary students options to start vocational training in different areas. Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Manager Teaching and Learning Moira Todd says the programme is being offered in the second half of this year due to strong interest from learners keen to get started in the café business, and demand from local employers for skilled staff. “At Tai Poutini Polytechnic we aim to be flexible and responsive to the local industry in order to meet the training and employment needs of the West Coast. We’re excited to offer this hands-on programme to high school students through the Trades Academy and we know it will help them get started on a career in hospitality. “Covid-19 has had an impact on business right around...

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Horticulture programme contributes to green economy focus

30 May 2022

Horticulture programme contributes to green economy focus A new horticulture training programme, aimed at those looking to turn their interest in growing into a career, is one of the first to be offered by Tai Poutini Polytechnic through the new West Coast Conservation Training and Employment Hub. The Westport‐based programme starts in July and offers flexible learning options in partnership with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Covering the basics for growing plants from seeds, propagation, soil management, pest and weed control, pruning and landscaping, the programme is aimed at those looking to start a career in the horticulture industry, or people who want to improve their skills and knowledge. And even better: learners enrolling in the programme are eligible for free fees under the Government’s Covid‐19 recovery fund. Manager Teaching and Learning Peter O’Sullivan says it is a ideal learning option for those who are looking to begin their learning journey or to become more self‐sufficient or feed themselves and their whānau off their own land. “The new programme is linked to our Conservation Training and Employment Hub, which supports the evolution of a nature centred economy on the West Coast. With issues of climate change, geographic isolation and the cost of living all having an impact on West Coasters, the idea of becoming more selfsustainable is gaining...

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