New pro­gramme aims to curb na­tional short­age of en­gi­neers

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Win­tec has teamed up with Waikato sec­ondary schools to ad­dress the na­tional short­age of en­gi­neers by mov­ing more young peo­ple to­wards a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.

To­gether, they’ve de­vel­oped a pro­gramme – the first of its kind in New Zealand – which aims to pro­vide sec­ondary school stu­dents with a path­way into engi­neer­ing.

From Fe­bru­ary 2016, around 30 Year 12 & 13 stu­dents from Hamil­ton’s Fair­field Col­lege and Fraser High School will spend two days per week dur­ing the school year tak­ing part in engi­neer­ing cour­ses with learn­ings that will ap­ply to me­chan­i­cal and civil engi­neer­ing path­ways at Win­tec.

Dur­ing the other three days, their maths and physics school sub­jects will be specif­i­cally con­tex­tu­alised to­ward engi­neer­ing. A Win­tec engi­neer­ing tu­tor will work with the schools to in­cor­po­rate projects into their curriculum which teaches the the­ory through hands-on ap­pli­ca­tion.

“At the end of the year, the stu­dents will have the nec­es­sary cri­te­ria to en­ter into and suc­ceed in Win­tec’s New Zealand Diploma in Engi­neer­ing,” says Win­tec chief ex­ec­u­tive, Mark Flow­ers. “New Zealand needs more engi­neer­ing grad­u­ates and pri­mar­ily at the level of engi­neer­ing tech­nol­o­gist and tech­ni­cian, but there’s a pub­lic mis­un­der­stand­ing about the breadth and depth of the in­dus­try. There are a range of cred­i­ble engi­neer­ing roles that don’t re­quire a four year univer­sity de­gree, but that open up great ca­reer op­tions for some pretty

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