Cementing Waikato as New Zealand’s hub of engineering excellence should be a focus for the sector following news of a major tertiary training shake-up.
All 16 New Zealand polytechnics will merge into a single entity under a massive overhaul of the sector proposed by Education Minister Chris Hipkins.
Waikato Engineering Careers Association manager Mary Jensen said the region’s engineering sector is well placed to benefit from a proposed vocational education system overhaul.
“Our sector already provides robust training from pre-employment to trade, diploma, technology and professional degrees across several co-ordinated educational platforms. This training is all informed by an association of employers which sets Waikato apart as a New Zealand Centre of Engineering Excellence. Our educational institutions work well together to achieve practical results for industry and our ITO representatives have been doing a “sterling job” of looking after apprentices and trainees in our region.
“This organised and informed approach means cementing Waikato as New Zealand’s hub of engineering excellence is a next logical next step.”
Mary said if handled well the education overhaul will result in better streamlining of courses and training, as well as making it a lot easier for students and whanau to navigate the skills and technology education sector and its plethora of courses.Read more