First polytechnic with Rainbow Tick
Otago Polytechnic is gearing up to celebrate its Rainbow Tick.
It is the first Institute of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) in New Zealand and one of the first organisations in the South Island to gain Rainbow Tick certification.
The Rainbow Tick accreditation allows organisations to understand what they are doing well in regard to their Rainbow personnel (LGBTTIQ: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, intersex and Queer). The programme also offers ways to improve.
To gain certification, Otago Polytechnic showed, against a number of criteria, that it is diverse, open and inclusive as an employer. That includes strategies and policies that specifically mention inclusion; reporting on inclusion at all levels, including governance; and training offered to staff.
Stuart Terry, Otago Polytechnic Organisational Researcher, says Otago Polytechnic has great employment opportunities, and now everyone knows they’re welcome. “This certificate tells us what we already know – Otago Polytechnic is a wonderfully inclusive place to work and has been for years. The Rainbow Tick is about showing we are welcoming, regardless of your background or culture. We are leading the way in the south.”
Brewing up a qualification
Otago Polytechnic Central Campus in Crowell is planning a new programme in brewing beer.
Marketing Manager, Melanie Kees, says the new qualification would begin when Central Campus' new purpose-built facility is completed in about three yeras.
Ms Kees believes it would be the first qualification of its type in the country - adding to Central Campus' mantra of offering unique experience in a unique place.
"Why would you want to be anywhere else?"
Read about the brewing qualification in the news.
Lifestyle learning at Central campus
The picture-perfect scenery and work-perfect study at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus are drawing more and more people seeking a lifestyle change.
Student numbers are increasing steadily year on year, with 110 onsite students this year, plus another 40 distance learners.
Another 65 people will study with the Seondary Tertiary College - where senior high school pupils study at the polytechnic one day a week.
In this Otago Daily Times article, Marketing Manager, Melanie Kees, says the international student programme continues to thrive, accounting for 27% of the Central Campus students.
Central campus offers a welcome scenic change
Paul Newman was over Auckland's fast-paced life. He needed a change, and decided that would be at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus.
The 59 year-old geologist and IT specialist has moved to Bannockburn, and will study the two-year New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry).
More and more people are opting out of big cities for a quieter life, and Otago Polytechnic offers further training and education to fit around lifestyles.
Read more about Mr Newman's move south in this Otago Daily Times article.
Otago Polytechnic Central Campus leading by example
Otago Polytechnic Central Campus Marketing Manager, Melanie Kees, is leading by example, and is hitting the books ... again!
Melanie already has a New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations) and a Bachelor of Applied Management, and now she's enrolled for a Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.
In this Otago Daily Times Article, Melanie explains that she is part of one of the target markets for Otago Polytechnic Central Campus, and she praises recognition of prior learning.
Read more about the Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Practice.
Otago Polytechnic welcomes 2017 Otago Secondary Tertiary Students
Otago Polytechnic’s Central and Dunedin campuses are welcoming over 120 new students to the Otago Secondary Tertiary College.
Previously known as the Trades Academy in Central Otago, the Otago Secondary Tertiary College (OSTC) is a training college which gives secondary school students a head start to achieving career-based qualifications while working towards their NCEA at school.
This year Central campus is welcoming students from Wakatipu High, Mount Aspiring College, Cromwell College, Dunstan High and Roxburgh Area School. The students are offered subjects including Level 3 Cookery, Hospitality, Automotive and Carpentry studies.
For more information on the Otago Secondary Tertiary College visit: https://central.op.ac.nz/trades-academy/otago-secondary-tertiary-college/
Ni-Vanuatu building skills
Otago Polytechnic Senior Lecturer in Carpentry, Brian Turner, spent every weekend at the end of last year, teaching local orchard workers from Vanuatu how to build.
In March 2015, Cyclone Pam levelled many homes in the Pacific Island nation.
Locals are still rebuilding their lives, and Brian, who's visited Vanuatu since the cyclone, wanted to help.
He taught the workers at Otago Polytechnic's Central Otago Campus.
They concentrated on techniques and skills they could use with limited resources.
The scheme was a collaboration between Otago Polytechnic and local vineyards and orchards.
Dry stone walling short course 1&2 April 2017
Build a free-standing wall from foundation to capping using schist stone and basic masonry tools in this weekend course.
Working with food?
Our next Food Safety course runs on 9 March 2017. This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business.