New programme aims to curb national shortage of engineers
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