No decision yet on polytech job cuts

Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic
Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic

The future of seven jobs at Aoraki Polytechnic remains unknown with feedback on the positions still being considered.

The consultation period ended last month on the proposed reduction of fulltime staff by seven at Aoraki Polytechnic, on top of 24 redundancies confirmed at the start of December.

A proposal was presented to staff by acting chief executive Alex Cabrera on December 5, which would see the corporate and campus staff drop from 40.59 fulltime equivalent roles to 33.31.

Mr Cabrera said yesterday he was still considering the feedback.

"It is not an easy decision and I want to make sure I get all the facts right," he said.

Enrolment numbers for the year were on par with last year, but it would not be until early March that final numbers would be available.

Mr Cabrera said when the proposal was released that the restructure was unavoidable.

"Since 2003, Aoraki increased employee numbers and the overhead structure grew accordingly. As a result personnel costs have increased over the last 13 years from $4.98 million in 2000 to $11.4m in 2012, with most of the increase in administration staff costs."

Since 2000, Aoraki had its largest number of students in 2004 with 3458 equivalent fulltime students (EFTS) and it employed 139 staff.

This year, with 1497 EFTS, there are 155 staff employed.

The last time student numbers were at a similar level was in 2002, with 1459, when it employed only 92 staff.

A review of the courses being offered next year and the teaching staff required was also likely once enrolment numbers were known.

The Timaru Herald