High schools pitch bright ideas to local business leaders

26 Jun 2020

High schools pitch bright ideas to local business leaders Nine West Coast high school teams put their business plans to the test today as part of the annual Young Enterprise Challenge, hosted at Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) Greymouth campus. Teams from Greymouth and Buller high schools pitched their business plans to a panel of local business leaders for The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Mid-year Pitch. Business ideas included: homemade soy-based candles, which were popular at the TPP-hosted Greymouth Market late last year; Banana Fruit bath bombs for relaxation and for the relief of sports-related aches and pains; Campbell and Rees beeswax lipbalm, a natural non-petroleum-based lip care product; Curiosity Cubed, a science experiment box targeted at schools, home-school families and gift-givers; Re-Think and iCan wooden key chains with positive messaging for mental health and wellbeing; Eco Bagz reusable cloth sandwich bags; West Coast Pest Control, selling humane instant-kill traps and advice to contribute to the goal of making New Zealand predator-free by 2050; and AromaFix, a natural pain relief product pitched as an alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers. The YES Mid-year Pitch is one of five challenges held throughout the year that contribute to team’s overall results in the business challenge programme – a year-long opportunity...

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New training considered for supported learning students

18 Jun 2020

New training considered for supported learning students  Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is seeking feedback from the community on plans to offer a new training programme that helps students in supported learning transition to work in the region. TPP has worked with the West Coast District Health Board to identify a gap in the provision of education opportunities that help students in supported learning move on to higher education or work. TPP is looking to launch a new training programme later this year which will help these students to achieve their goals. An open night is being held next week to discuss the concept with local health and social agencies, potential students and their whanau and other interested community members. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says the institute now has the ability to offer a wide range of training programmes here on the West Coast. “When we became a subsidiary of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology in April, we gained better access to a wide range of programmes being delivered at other subsidiary institutes around the country. With their support we can now offer these programmes here on the West Coast. “West Coast District Health Board member Sarah Birchfield, who is also on the CDHB/WCDHB Disability Action Plan Committee, and a mother of a child who...

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Get free training through TPP in critical industries

9 Jun 2020

Get free training through TPP in critical industries  Study for free at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) in critical post-lockdown industries with the Government’s $320 million Trades and Apprenticeships Training package to support the COVID-19 recovery.  The Government has made it easier for New Zealanders who want to train in industries where demand is expected to grow as the country recovers from COVID-19.  So, if you want to retrain to get new skills in these key areas, you can do it for free with TPP! The fund covers those training in:  Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries (including aquaculture) and forestry;  Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;  Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling and community health, including mental health and addiction support;  Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;  Electrical engineering; and  Road transport (eg heavy vehicle operator).   TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says people should contact TPP directly to talk about free training options that are available from 1 July 2020 for the next two years.  “This is a fantastic opportunity for people looking to get started in their career, or those looking to retrain and seek jobs in key industries that we know need people to start work right now....

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Cookery students offer baking “thank-you” to supermarket workers

4 Jun 2020

Cookery students offer baking “thank-you” to supermarket workers  Photo 1 TPP students V3 Dean Smith, Grant Cameron, Lisa Winter, Ocean Brooke-Breeze and Belinda Cunningham bake a special thank you to local supermarket workers.   Tai Poutini Polytechnic cookery students offered a special “thank-you” of slices, muffins and biscuits to Greymouth supermarket workers this week. The students wanted to recognise the fact that supermarket workers were on-the-job, keeping locals fed and watered during the COVID-19 lockdown. They decided to bake some special treats for the workers as a thank-you from everyone. Cookery Tutor Evelyne Baumgartner says it was the students’ own idea once they were able to get back into the Polytechnic kitchen as Alert Levels decreased. “Our NZ Certificate in Cookery is teaching students all aspect of chef training, cookery and food-related learning. As well as the technical skills they are learning, it’s fantastic to see them using their new skills to support their community and offer something special to people who really deserve a treat.” The students delivered their baking to New World and Countdown Greymouth staff on Wednesday 3 June with the message: “An appreciation coming from all walks of life for the extra mile you all went for the people of Greymouth and surroundings”.   Photo 2 New World WEB2 ...

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Techweek 2020 schedule focuses on pandemic recovery

25 May 2020

Techweek 2020 schedule focuses on pandemic recovery.    Techweek organisers have shifted focus, delaying and rejigging the national event to help businesses and communities use technology to support the COVID-19 recovery.  West Coasters are invited to play a role in this year’s event, and there’s still time to get involved. If you’ve got a great topic for a webinar, want to host an online discussion or have an idea that might appeal to others – let us know now.  Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) supports Techweek each year by hosting and organising events that are relevant to the West Coast. All events will be held online this year, and we’re taking ideas and suggestions now from people who want to get involved.  TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says businesses and individuals get involved in Techweek for lots of reasons.  “Some people host events to share information and innovation, others are looking for networking opportunities and some want to bring people together to talk about ways to address regional issues.  “Hosting an event is easy and it’s a strong platform for businesses to reach greater audiences with their ideas and innovations. National events already confirmed for this year include a “speed dating” session with various experts to support new businesses, a women...

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Education partnerships create opportunities for West Coast

18 May 2020

Education partnerships create opportunities for West Coast. Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s (TPP’s) latest partnership with The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Ltd is bringing more education and training options to the West Coast. A recent agreement between the two institutes will see Tai Poutini Polytechnic Ltd offer a tailored version of four Open Polytechnic programmes on the West Coast – the NZ Certificate in Business (Administration & Technology) (Level 3), NZ Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4), NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4) and the NZ Certificate in Exercise (Level 4). TPP Leader Engagement Mequa Hourston says the institute has been looking to broaden the training options available on the West Coast for some time, by pursuing partnerships with other providers. “With the establishment of the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology, the concept of building partnerships to offer more training options locally has become easier than before. By working with other providers around the country, we’re able to offer West Coasters a greater range of training options with different learning and delivery choices that work for learners." “We’re starting by targeting the training areas that address the employment needs of local businesses and the community and we’ll be looking at more areas in the future." “We have the opportunity to offer any Open Polytechnic...

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TPP offers new training to meet changing business needs

15 May 2020

TPP offers new training to meet changing business needs   Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) wants to hear from local businesses and the community as it prepares to launch training programmes for the second half of the year. The COVID-19 lockdown has had a significant impact on the local economy. As we gradually shift out of pandemic restrictions, our work or study needs are changing. TPP is supporting local businesses by providing training options that meet changing needs. We want to hear about your situation and so we can look at delivering new programmes that provide staff the skills needed to keep businesses up and running. With the establishment of the NZ Institute of Skills and Education, TPP now has greater access to resources and opportunities to meet the training needs of our region. TPP Leader – Engagement Mequa Hourston says TPP can be an integral part of the change that’s happening in our community right now. “We also want to hear from members of the community who are interested in upskilling in certain areas or are looking for a change in career. There are some real options available and we’re always here to talk through opportunities with individuals as well as businesses.” Alex Cabrera Chief Executive says TPP has been working...

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NZIST Establishment Board Announces TPP Board of Directors

17 Mar 2020

NZIST Establishment Board Announces TPP Board of Directors Tai Poutini Polytechnic welcomes the appointment of the Board of Directors for NZIST Subsidiary Tai Poutini Polytechnic from 1 April 2020, announced today by the NZIST Establishment Board. TPP Board members have been appointed from across the region, they are: Rebecca Keoghan – Chair Rob Caldwell – Deputy Chair Kara Edwards (Ngāi Tahu) Renee Rooney The Board of Directors replaces the Tai Poutini Polytechnic Council under the new national training model. Read the media release from the NZIST Establishment Board here: https://www.istestablishment.ac.nz/news/tai-poutini-polytechnic-subsidiary-board-of-directorsappointed/[https://www.istestablishment.ac.nz/news/tai-poutini-polytechnic-subsidiary-board-of-directorsappointed/] TPP Chief Executive Alex Cabrera says it is good to welcome the new board members, who will offer strong regional advice and governance to the new national institute. “Myself and the staff at TPP look forward to working with the new Board of Directors as the new national system of vocational training is rolled out. I’d also like to thank our outgoing TPP Council members for their commitment to the delivery of quality tertiary education on the West Coast and all their hard work in recent times. “While the new institute comes into effect on 1 April this year, we do not expect students and the wider community to see any immediate changes. It will take several years for the new system to become fully operational and we will work with our new...

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