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EIT apprenticeship training in demand

A total of 130 students have enrolled in free trades training courses at the Tairawhiti EIT campus, taking advantage of two government support packages to help in the recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) and the Apprenticeship Boost (AB) have raised the demand for eligible EIT programmes, following a national trend.

“To date we have almost 500 learners enrolled in TTAF eligible programmes that have just started in July,” EIT portfolio and performance executive director Patrick Jones said.

Of those, 130 are enrolled at the Tairawhiti campus.

The semester two enrolments are spread across all TTAF eligible programmes but there is particularly high demand for primary industries (agriculture and horticulture), construction and electrical engineering offerings. The School of Trades and Technology for instance has initiated a second electrical engineering cohort to support the growing numbers.