Preparing students for the future

  • Unitec prepares students for the future

With the construction and technology sectors set for growth in the coming years Unitec is proud to be contributing to the workforce needed to tackle the big jobs ahead.

This week 2,228 Unitec students have donned cap and gown for graduation ceremonies, marking the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

The Government has identified the construction, technology and health sectors - where Unitec specialises - as areas of future growth.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says the economy is set to grow by 3.6 per cent in the next year, driven significantly by the construction and technology sectors.

"This year almost a quarter of our graduates, 566 in total, are from building and civil engineering courses including construction economics and management, plumbing, gas fitting, architecture, carpentry and surveying, among others," says Executive Dean of Unitec’s Faculty of Technology and Built Environment, Graham Hodge.

MBIE figures show construction was strong in the 10 years to 2012, with the construction services and residential building sectors seeing particular growth.

In that time the number of firms in construction services grew from 25,948 to 30,683, and residential building firms grew from 11,160 to 15,626.

Those sectors are expected to remain strong as the country works on the Canterbury rebuild, the continued growth of Auckland and the on-going repair of leaky homes.

"With a growing demand for qualified trades-people, technicians and managers, our graduates are well placed to embark on a great career path towards well-paying jobs and the opportunity to influence the future of Auckland City," says Hodge.

North Shore man Avi Estrin graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology and says he is happy to be able to be able to take advantage of a "booming" construction sector.

A combination of course work based significantly on real world situations and Unitec- facilitated practical experience have set him up well, he says.

Estrin started with consultants Harrison Grierson in November working on jobs like the development of Hobsonville Point.

"Unitec had really good connections with industry, that’s what I liked," he says. "The lecturers had quite close relationships and knew what was going on and were teaching real things. It made the transition into work much easier."

Other graduates head into the world also equipped for important work, including:

  • 30 with a Bachelor of Computing Systems
  • 48 with a Bachelor of Social Practice majoring in social work
  • 36 with a Bachelor of Teaching majoring in early childhood education
  • 18 with a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in biodiversity management
  • 42 with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing
  • 51 with a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts majoring in graphic design and animation.

Unitec also congratulates the 122 students completing level two and three certificates in Foundation Studies and wish them well for their future education.