Kia ora koutou,
You may be aware that as of 31 October, EIT will amalgamate with all polytechs in NZ under the Te Pūkenga banner. EIT will be rebranded Te Pūkenga so you will see a change to our name and logo over coming months. The Primary ITO are also joining Te Pūkenga. All our programmes for fruit production will continue next year as usual. However, there will be changes going on to unify all fruit production programs around the country, and new courses be made available. The goal of Te Pukenga is to provide consistent qualifications, flexible learning to suit the student, and be based on industry input through regional groups, such as the Regional Skills Leadership Group. We still have the same team that will continue to provide education and training to the fruit industry through 2023 and we look forward to your continuing support.
Level four students have just completed the Fruit Crop Management course, and have only three more classes this year. Please encourage them to attend every tutorial to get assessment work completed. Level three fruit production students have crop health over the next 6 weeks, and will be completing the codling moth trap assessor in class. We have a new cohort of year ones starting this month, making our first year group over 40 students!
There is a workplace assessors course running at EIT on 20/21st September (fee = $624). This course is helpful for staff who are supporting trainees and interested in education. If you have anyone interested please email Diana, email@example.com.
Wishing you a dry, sunny Spring, noho ora mai.
Clare Buckner – EIT