Kia ora koutou,
Our year is drawing to a close, with final classes this month for all years. The first years will be in for a Taster Day to get a picture of what study will look like next year – they have become familiar with a lot of small group practicals but next year, classes are very different, with a bigger theory component, and assessment work that has to be completed away from EIT. Next year we will be asking students to use our Record of Work App to capture evidence of their practical work, and hope that this is a step towards students using more digital tools as they progress at EIT, as well as making some assessment work more achievable.
Level 3 Fruit Production have one more class for Irrigation, and Level 4 have their final Growing Environment class. There are two more tutorials to help students complete their assessments. We need to confirm by 18th November whether students are going to complete everything this year . . . . please discuss this with them and let us know..
L5 fruit production are working through the second labour management assessment which considers the labour resources needed for an orchard season, how to recruit, train and manage. Some level 5 students will be presenting their research project this week. Some great ideas around pruning, shading and harvest quality. They are all feeling the challenge of speaking to group of people.
The Post Harvest students had an informative visit to Compac, hosted by Derek Batchelor. Its great to get out and meet a range of people involved in the packing industry.
Next year there will be fees. Each employer has a different way to manage this. If you are covering these fees, then an Employer Declaration must be completed and returned. These will be sent through to HR and yourselves in the next week. It is important students know what their situation is regarding paying fees, as they need to complete this on their enrolments, so please have this discussion with them.
Wishing you a successful, low stress thinning season.
Noho ora mai, from EIT