Students get career taste

Senior secondary school students around Marlborough were nudged along in their career decision-making at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology open day in Blenheim on Friday.

About 90 students from Marlborough Boys' and Girls' colleges, Kaikoura High School and Queen Charlotte College found out about course options, qualifications and career paths in a range of fields including aviation, aquaculture, viticulture, business administration, music and media.

NMIT operations manager Sarah Wheldale said the open day had attracted a "steady number" of students.

Stalls set up onsite in Budge St offered "taster workshops" for skills such as vine grafting or hair dyeing to give students an idea of what various courses offered.

The whole campus had been opened up to students to provide them with a glimpse of the environment and a chance to talk to tutors and staff.

Hairdressing tutor Tracy Pannell said about 80 students went through the salon, nine of whom had their hair dyed, streaked or foiled by her trainees.

This year, 11 students were enrolled in the certificate of professional hairdressing (level 3). Open days typically brought in anywhere between five and 10 applications for the course each year, Ms Pannell said.

Queen Charlotte College year 12 student Dimpy Yadav won the draw for a $2500 scholarship in association with The Edge radio station, to study at NMIT.

However, she still had to decide what to do with it, having already enrolled for a certificate in business administration (level 3) covered by the Tertiary Education Commission-funded Youth Guarantee programme.

The Marlborough Express