Kia ora koutou,
You may have heard the EIT campus is starting to open up – we will continue delivering from Hastings this year, with the odd exception, as the majority of our students are this side of the Bay, and travel remains a headache.
All of our programs are well underway. We are having more classes over this time of year, and Level 4 have completed three of the six courses already – this is a big year of study, please check in with them to keep them on track. Level 3 is split into two groups to manage, and they too are about half way through the study days.
We have the English language course for orchard workers starting 17th July, please support this pilot course with any staff whose English needs help, so that we can ensure this runs again in the future. The group will be of mixed skills, with a view to building confidence, and empowering workers to improve their language skills.
Most Year 2 Students have completed the written work for the Growing Environment course and have shown a high standard of work. They are now working on their on-job soil modification workplace assessment which is due 3rd August.
Year 3 students have completed the Pruning and Training Systems class. We visited 4 training systems and researched how they grow and how we manage the structure over their life time. The students also engaged in communication and team tasks to present their findings to the class. We would like to thank the hospitality of Todd at Rock-It, Michael at Mr Apple and Tom & Deanna at T&G. Their enthusiasm for fruit growing inspired the students to show detailed presentations and really grasp the commercial realities for the various systems. This assessment is due 27th July and the workplace assessment is due 3rd August.
Noho ora mai,