Polytech optimistic with lift in students

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 12/03/2014
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Timaru's Aoraki Polytechnic

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Student numbers are tracking above budget for Aoraki Polytechnic.

That is a welcome piece of positive news for the institution, which has weathered student and financial losses over the past three years.

Chief executive Alex Cabrera said he was cautiously optimistic about the enrolment figures.

"As at February 28, we had approximately 747 equivalent fulltime students (EFTS), against a February budget target of 685 EFTS. It is still too early to confirm what our enrolment numbers will be for the rest of the year.

"We are still taking enrolments and we need to keep in mind that within the first few weeks, students may withdraw or change programmes.

"We have some programmes that have not started yet, with start dates in March and throughout the year. There are also several programmes with a mid-year intake."

Last year the institution announced the redundancy of 30 full-time positions. In February 2013 there were 242 staff, or 142 full-time equivalent roles. Last month there were 30 fewer staff at 212, equating to 125.09 full-time equivalents.

The disestablished roles were; Corporate services director and deputy chief executive officer, executive director, finance and planning manager, finance office manager, management accountant, payroll officer, accounts payable, accounts receivable, executive officer, planning and analysis officer, compliance and audit officer, marketing and communications, customer services manager, executive administrator, campus managers in Ashburton and Oamaru and campus administrators in Ashburton, Christchurch, Oamaru and Dunedin.

Under the new structure four separate schools within the polytechnic will be combined into one.

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- The Timaru Herald

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