Aoraki courses lead to work

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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Trade graduates from Aoraki Polytechnic are being snapped up as a labour shortage begins to bite.

Carpentry, automotive heavy engineering and general engineering graduates have all had positive employment outcomes with most graduates getting jobs, in or near, the industry. All nine graduates from the diploma in outdoor education have got jobs.

Polytechnic communications manager Bronwyn Hargraves said graduates were in high demand.

"Of 16 graduates in 2012 from the certificate in general engineering, 13 have already gained employment or apprenticeships with local engineering firms. Parr and Co have taken on four Aoraki students this year, two as apprentices and a further two on trial.

"The units delivered on the certificate in general engineering are wide-ranging and comprehensive. Given the varied nature of engineering business in our region and the variety of different types of apprenticeships that the engineering industry offers, this ensures a good lead in coverage to any apprenticeship."

All 11 graduates have gained employment from the certificate in automotive heavy engineering, a reasonably new programme to Aoraki, only in its second year of delivery in 2012.

"Fifteen of the 18 students who completed the certificate in carpentry programme in 2012 have got jobs either in the trade or near the trade."

Twelve were working for builders, one for Mitre 10, one driving a tractor on a farm and one was at the freezing works.

"The Aoraki pre-trade course can take one year off a standard apprenticeship, by virtue of gaining up to 120 credits towards the requirements of the National Certificate level 4. This means that apprentices go straight into year two and do not need to do the year one correspondence, year one block course and year one work placed assessment requirements. This leads to a huge saving in cost for a potential employer."

All nine outdoor education third-year graduates have jobs. Most have been employed as instructors at Tongariro, Taranaki, Tauranga, Motutapu Island and Peel Forest. One has been employed as a guide for blackwater rafting at Waitomo, two as instructors for Outward Bound in Australia and another for the Outdoor Education Group. Of the second-year students seven are employed.

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- The Timaru Herald

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