A signing event at NorthTec’s City Centre Hub in Whangārei brought together representatives from Sport Northland, Creative Northland and NorthChamber to prepare for ongoing collaborative working.
Senior staff from each organisation signed a series of Statements of Shared Objectives (SoSos) with NorthTec on Wednesday (3 February). The formal agreements were originally signed three years ago and have now been extended and updated to reflect the current situation.
The SoSos are aimed at enabling NorthTec and its partners to support tertiary and vocational education in Te Tai Tokerau. As part of the New Zealand Tertiary Education Strategy, they set forth renewed aspirations for employer-aligned activity and greater community engagement.
Under the terms of the agreements, each organisation will work to promote career pathways within the relevant industries, support recruitment of new learners to NorthTec, and enable engagement with sector trends and developments.
Jon Smith, Acting Chief Executive for NorthTec, said: “It is exciting to begin the process of developing new shared initiatives for the benefit of education and employment in Te Tai Tokerau.
“It’s important for NorthTec, as the region’s major tertiary education provider, to work collaboratively with industry organisations. These Statements of Shared Objectives both formalise our partnerships and put into practice a number of practical steps, in terms of activities organised between our industry partners and our academic pathways.”
Brent Eastwood, Chief Executive for Sport Northland, said: “Sport Northland has a long history of partnership with NorthTec and in particular the Sport and Recreation course which is based at McKay Stadium on Kensington Park. NorthTec continues to play a huge role in providing quality graduates who become key employees and volunteers for the sport and recreation sector in Northland and we are proud to continue this partnership into the future.”
Hinurewa te Hau, General Manager for Creative Northland, said: “We are delighted to be renewing this SoSo agreement with NorthTec in light of the reform of vocational education and supporting the next ideation of vocational needs for the creative, culture and digital sectors.
“The SoSo enables us to work with NorthTec to build industry relationships and provide advice and advocacy that is directly relevant to the changing needs of the workplace and the unique needs of all learners. It also means our projects remain collaborative and relevant for the region.”
Steve Smith, Chief Executive for NorthChamber, said: “NorthChamber recognises the critical need to develop and retain our future leaders and entrepreneurs. We recognise the value of a strong ongoing partnership with NorthTec. Facilitating conversations between our business networks and key tertiary provider is critical to planning for future workforce needs.
“The professional skills and intellectual property driven from this element of our community will create a pathway for the ongoing development of Northland. NorthTec’s success and growth is of critical importance and NorthChamber will continue to provide all it can to ensure its goals are met.”