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Record graduate numbers as EIT rolls increase

Tairawhiti has contributed to education provider EIT' recording the largest number of graduates in its history.

EIT Tairawhiti, along with regional learning centres in Ruatoria, Tokomaru Bay and Wairoa, lifted its number of graduates from 787 in 2018 to 791 last year.

The number of Auckland's EIT graduates increased from 1327 in 2018 to1580 last year while the Hawke's Bay regional learning centres experienced an increase from 540 in 2018 to 789 in 2019.

The growth in graduate numbers reflected the growth in student numbers, said EIT chief executive Chris Collins.

While the rest of the sector experienced a decline in enrolments and graduates, EIT enrolled a record number of more than 5000 equivalent full-time students.

On April 1, EIT merged into a national body — the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).

EIT's chief executive Chris Collins has been appointed interim chief executive of the NZIST.

During the three-month period, EIT's human resources director Mr Bill Kimberley will step into the role of acting chief executive at EIT.

Gisborne's Kim Ngarimu of Gisborne — fa ormer EIT council member and former deputy chairwoman of the NZIST establishment board — is now deputy chairwomanof the NZIST council. Hilton Collier is also a board member.

The change will not impact on students' learning or programme of study. For more information visit www.istestablishment.ac.nz.