Todd Muller welcomes new Polytechnic for Bay of Plenty
The merging of Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is a welcome step forward for better vocational outcomes for the region, says local MP Todd Muller.
The two institutes will be disestablished and merged into a new institution from May 2016 that will better service the tertiary education needs of the whole Bay of Plenty region.
“We’ve seen remarkable job growth in the Bay this year with hot demand for more workers. This merger will help develop a skilled workforce for our key industries”, says Todd Muller.
Centres of Excellence will be established based around key courses and qualifications. The Centres will be linked to key industries in the region including tourism and hospitality, forestry and wood processing, marine and aquaculture, and transport and logistics.
“By better meeting the needs of industries, businesses and communities across the whole region we will be able to drive the skill development sought in the new Bay of Plenty Tertiary Strategy and the Bay of Plenty Regional Action Plan”, says Todd Muller.
The new institution will maintain an equitable distribution of leadership, corporate and academic functions across the two existing hub campuses in Rotorua and Tauranga. Impacts on staff will be minimised.
Until a name is confirmed for the new institution, the interim name will be Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
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