CPIT awarded for inspirational leadership

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23 Sep 2011

CPIT was proud to be recognized by the Champion Canterbury Awards last night for its rapid response to post-earthquake challenges and for ensuring successful delivery of its 2011 programmes.

At a cocktail party attended by 1200 people, including Prime Minister John Key, CPIT was acknowledged in the category of “Inspirational leadership of business in a time of crisis”.

The Champion Canterbury Awards have been recognising and celebrating business excellence, passion and success for the past nine years, but due to the challenges caused by earthquakes the event focused on business resilience, creativity, leadership, exporting solutions and staff wellbeing.

“This award recognises the huge efforts by CPIT staff to get the institute back up and running in difficult circumstances” CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles said. “After the February earthquake, CPIT’s Madras St Campus was in the city emergency cordon. Staff at our Sullivan Avenue campus immediately responded by establishing this centre as a management and administration hub. From this base, we re-commenced our programmes in at least 10 venues, including Lincoln University, and reinstated almost all courses within six weeks of the quake. This has meant that our students could achieve their academic outcomes for 2011.”

Canterbury Employers’ Chamber Chief Executive, Peter Townsend was thrilled with the turnout at the event. “It shows that people understand the interrelationship between community wellbeing and a strong prosperous business community. It’s a key reason why acknowledging our business community is so important”, he said.

CPIT is playing an integral role in the recovery and rebuilding of the city and is committed to leading initiatives and responding quickly to industry and employer’s needs by creating both short and long term training and education solutions that are relevant, flexible, specialised and aligned to Recovery Canterbury initiatives.

23/9/11