World Class Education
Prime Minister John Key visited WelTec’s house building site at Otaki today.
Linda Sissons, WelTec Chief Executive welcomed the Prime Minister and Hon Nathan Guy, MP for Otaki to the building site which comprises WelTec’s Certificate in Carpentry programme. “These are our students and this house shows what they have learnt,” said Linda Sissons. “These are the people you need to be looking to for the Christchurch rebuild effort.”
John Key explained to students that New Zealand needed skilled crafts people. The Prime Minister was speaking to students who had just completed their Certificate in Carpentry at WelTec’s house building site at The Clean Technology Centre in Otaki. The Prime Minister said New Zealand will need many more skilled people in the construction industry to rebuild Christchurch and to fix the country’s leaky homes.
The Prime Minister went on to congratulate WelTec and Whitireia for investing in trades training in the region and for working together to offer world class education locally.
Don Campbell, Whitireia Chief Executive explained the advantages of having two Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics working together to provide trades training on the Kapiti Coast which was now more available compared with 18 months ago.
For one WelTec student, Chris Aitken it was day one on the job with Northface Construction. His boss, Chris Beggs said having a local tertiary level training programme where students learn by building a house was invaluable.
“House building is a busy industry on the Kapiti Coast. We need young people with the right skills and attitude and employers are now more willing to take them on - it helps our business and the economy to grow. Most importantly young people are given an opportunity to learn a trade and be set up for a future in the building and construction industry. When I started out I didn’t have an opportunity to learn like this. This is a great initiative which has my support. The opportunities with the Christchurch rebuild mean that young people like Chris should seriously think about this industry for a future career.”
Press Release - 10 October 2012
Photo: Standing in front of house built by WelTec students from left to right: Hon Nathan Guy, WelTec/Whitireia Councillor Ron Wilkinson, WelTec Head of Construction Neil McDonald, WelTec Chief Executive Linda Sissons, Prime Minister John Key, WelTec Carpentry Tutor Richard Carter, Whitireia Chief Executive Don Campbell.
Photograph by Ross Setford.
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