More than 20 careers advisors and senior staff from 13 Tai Tokerau Northland schools enjoyed a lunch engagement at NorthTec yesterday (4 November).
The group took part in the annual luncheon hosted by NorthTec, to celebrate the partnership with the region’s secondary schools in assisting learners into tertiary education.
Sam Kelly, NorthTec’s Acting Director, Products and Delivery welcomed the group and spoke to them about the advantages for learners who chose to study locally. These included a lower cost of living, flexibility, success in completing their qualifications and remaining close to whānau. They also benefited from NorthTec’s strong links to local industry.
He told the group: “We are here, we are local, we are the major tertiary provider for the region – and we offer high quality study programmes.”
Lyn Cheyne, Marketing Manager, addressed the impact of Covid-19 on regional industries. She said that even those most affected, like the tourism industry, taught transferable skills which would assist graduates into other sectors such as retail and customer service.
She said that some sectors, such as agriculture, horticulture and forestry were benefiting from Government investment and their workforces would grow as a result.
The group watched videos highlighting the personal journeys of NorthTec students, before enjoying a buffet lunch prepared in the on-site Apprentice Restaurant by NorthTec cookery students and served by hospitality students.