Tolley meets Canterbury Tertiary College students
Education Minister Anne Tolley met with Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) students to discuss their training experiences at CPIT’s Trade Innovation Institute yesterday.
Students were enthusiastic about CTC which allows them to stay in school while gaining practical skills and trade qualifications.
Ryan O’Neill, a mechanical engineering student, described CTC as “a lot more hands on” than school, with a focus on trade training that gave students a head start on their careers.
Students thrived on being treated like adults and the support they received during their CTC training. The courses prepared them for further study, an apprenticeship or entry level employment.
The CTC model has been working well at CPIT. Tolley was impressed with the focus “on learning as part of a student’s career path” and with tutors using different teaching methods to ensure that students achieved their goals.
The meeting came after Tolley’s announcement that CTC places will treble in the next year. CPIT is the leading provider for CTC and currently has 148 places for secondary students to study a variety of trades such as carpentry, electrical engineering and automotive. This capacity will be expanded to provide more subjects and places for 550 students next year in partnership with Aoraki Polytech, Tai Poutini Polytech, Southern Institute of Technology and Lincoln University.