The Government is sponsoring a big push for more enrolments in Level 6 and 7 engineering courses in the country’s institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs), Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says.
Mr Joyce today launched a new Engineering - Education to Employment (E2E) initiative to promote engineering as a career to students, with bridging courses, work placements, and scholarships.
“Since we boosted our investments in engineering provision in Budgets 2012 and 2013, we have seen a very good pick up in enrolments at the professional level in universities,” Mr Joyce says.
“The big challenge now is to grow more enrolments at institutes of technology for people wanting to become engineering technologists and technicians.
“Unfortunately many people still think the only option for becoming an engineer is as a university graduate. While having more graduate professional engineers is very important, companies are telling us there is a real need for engineering technicians and technologists that have studied to diploma or degree level at Institutes of Technology.”