IRL and Unitec collaboration to bolster high-tech workforce
15 November 2012
A closer working relationship between Industrial Research Ltd and Unitec aims to deliver more and better work-ready high-tech workers to New Zealand industry.
IRL and Unitec signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday that will see us collaborating closely for the benefit of the high-value manufacturing and services sector.
IRL General Manager of Industry Engagement Gavin Mitchell says the mutually beneficial collaboration will not only provide IRL with greater access to the skills and capability existing within Unitec, but also provide Unitec students with real-word experience on industry projects, as well as deliveringmore and better work-ready graduates to industry.
“By working more closely with Unitec, IRL will get to link New Zealand industry with a greater level of training capability, and a student-base with a highly desirable skill-set for project work,” he says. “The collaboration will also provide IRL with access to a broad range of technical skills complementing those in the CRIs and the universities.”
Dr Rick Ede welcomed the initiative, saying “Unitec is excited about the opportunities that collaboration will bring for the two organisations in the areas of material science, product development, engineering and building productivity. Working with IRL will give our students unprecedented access to real industry projects, providing them with the valuable opportunity to work alongside researchers and industry in a constructive learning environment.”
The MoU between IRL and Unitec is the latest in a range of initiatives IRL is pursuing with New Zealand universities and polytechnics aimed at ensuring the effective deployment and growth of R&D services as well as providing industry with the appropriate skills for high value manufacturing.