Course strength­ens re­la­tion­ship

Whangarei Report - - SPORT - with BRENT EASTWOOD chief ex­ec­u­tive, Sport North­land

Last week I wrote about the 2017 de­ci­sion by Northtec to dis­es­tab­lish their Sport and Recre­ation Course, and their sub­se­quent de­ci­sion ear­lier this year to re-in­state it af­ter a swift and def­i­nite re­sponse from the North­land sport and recre­ation sec­tor.

Sport North­land and Northtec have since strength­ened their part­ner­ship (al­ready in place due to the course be­ing op­er­ated out of Sport North­land's ASB Leisure Cen­tre) through the sign­ing of a State­ment of Shared Ob­jec­tives (SOSO) agree­ment re­cently.

The SOSO fo­cuses on op­por­tu­ni­ties for Northtec and Sport North­land to work col­lab­o­ra­tively for the ben­e­fit of the course and ul­ti­mately for the fu­ture qual­ity of the sport and recre­ation sec­tor work­force.

De­vel­op­ing new lo­cal learn­ers of sport, recre­ation, health and well­be­ing and im­prov­ing qual­ity em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties within North­land's sport­ing in­dus­try were two key ob­jec­tives of the agree­ment.

At the re­cent sign­ing of the doc­u­ment, Northtec di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment Phil Alexan­der­craw­ford said: “We are all stake­hold­ers in de­vel­op­ing our re­gion and help­ing our peo­ple achieve bet­ter lives through ed­u­ca­tion. This is an­other key re­la­tion­ship that Northtec Tai Tok­erau wananga val­ues, and to­day's sign­ing for­malises our com­mit­ment to work to­gether to sup­port each other's shared ob­jec­tives for the well­be­ing of our stu­dents, grad­u­ates, in­dus­try, Treaty part­ners and the Te Tai Tok­erau re­gion as a whole.”

From Sport North­land's per­spec­tive, the agree­ment fur­ther ce­ments the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity of the Northtec Sport and Recre­ation course. While it is hugely im­por­tant for the sport and recre­ation sec­tor in North­land to have a fu­ture work­force that is trained and skilled, it is ob­vi­ously even more ben­e­fi­cial to have North­landers study­ing and gain­ing prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in the sec­tor right here in their own back­yard — that way we are more likely to keep them here work­ing in the sec­tor that they love.

As part of the agree­ment, Sport North­land will also part­ner Northtec to en­sure the con­tent of the course is rel­e­vant, up-to-date and in line with in­dus­try re­quire­ments to en­sure that grad­u­ates en­ter the work­force with the right skills and knowl­edge to be suc­cess­ful.

I urge any school leaver in North­land who has a pas­sion for work­ing in the sport and recre­ation sec­tor to con­sider Northtec as their first op­tion for study­ing — as Northtec say in their slo­gan “stay close, go far”, and that's ex­actly what the ma­jor­ity of Northtec Sport and Recre­ation grad­u­ates have done.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

Northtec’s Bree Davis (left), and Phil Alexan­der-craw­ford with Brent Eastwood and Brent Mark­wick at the sign­ing of their new part­ner­ship agree­ment.

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