CPIT and Vodafone announce new Technology Scholarship

CPIT and Vodafone announce new Technology Scholarship

CPIT and Vodafone have signed an agreement to provide up to five engineering students a year with fully funded fee scholarships for the duration of their two year programme at CPIT.

"Vodafone's support for our students shows how highly industry values our programmes and the skills of our graduates," says CPIT Head of Engineering and Architectural Studies Dr Michael Edmonds.

Scholarship students may also have the opportunity to participate in internships to gain work experience at Vodafone and real life practical skills at the telecommunication's company while they study.

"The industry is constantly changing and we believe young people need the opportunity to experience today's work environment so that they can meet whatever challenges they face after they complete their qualification. This is what vocational tertiary education is all about, and Vodafone is supporting our students to achieve this. This is great news for Canterbury and great news for CPIT," Edmonds says.

The scholarships are intended to grow Canterbury's talent pool and attract exceptional students to study electrical engineering with data communications as a specialisation.

"This scholarship really puts CPIT on the map. Vodafone's support means that talented young people can now receive an internationally recognised qualification that gives them great access to industry and jobs for free," Edmonds says.

CPIT's New Zealand Diploma of Engineering has a practical hands on focus, training specialists for technical engineering roles."Our graduates can design, maintain and install electrical systems. The diploma has a general design and problem solving focus which is crucial for work in the industry."

The New Zealand Diploma of Engineering was designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector and includes core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology.

Students eligible for the scholarship must:
*    meet the entrance requirements for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)
*    be a New Zealand permanent resident or citizen at time of making the application
*    intend to be a full time student
* have graduated from a Canterbury high school within the last 24 months

The scholarship is designed to give talented students a step up and so applicants need to demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed in this field, and that they are likely to experience serious financial or personal hardship which might deter them from entering tertiary study.

For more information about New Zealand Diploma of Engineering (Electrical)