Six more polytech jobs gone

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 08:07 14/02/2014
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Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic

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A further six fulltime positions at Aoraki Polytechnic have been axed, it was announced yesterday.

The job losses are on top of 24 redundancies confirmed in December and have come on the back of financial losses and a drop in student numbers during the past three years.

Aoraki has also formed collaborations with CPIT and Lincoln University.

Aoraki Polytechnic chief executive Alex Cabrera said the new structure combined some roles, and as a result the campus and corporate structure reduced from 40.6 fulltime positions to 34.7.

"I am sincerely sorry that some individuals will be affected, it is never easy to have to face this sort of change," Mr Cabrera said.

"However, these changes are necessary for the future of the organisation.

"My intent is to do everything possible to mitigate the impact on staff, although some positions have been disestablished and some new positions have been created," Mr Cabrera said.

"We will attempt to recruit internally for the new positions where possible. I realise this is an unsettling time for everyone, and I'm hoping to soon have a complete structure including new appointments."

The Aoraki structure change establishes some key new positions, including a new chief financial officer, and a new grouping of client services under which Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru administration will be combined.

The deputy chief executive and executive director roles have been disestablished.

Aoraki Polytechnic recently made some key appointments such as the academic director and teaching and learning director, both positions filled with internal applicants.

Tertiary Education Union organiser Kris Smith said the cuts had been too deep.

"A certain level of infrastructure is needed. It has been dragged on too long and should have been one review instead of two. Staff have been unimpressed and there are concerns about the viability of the institution and good staff have left."

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- The Timaru Herald

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