MIT-Unitec board highlights 30 June 2022
Publised on 6 September 2022
Matua Vince Hapi opened the meeting by acknowledging the recent passing of leaders including tumuaki and kingmaker Anaru Tamihana of Ngāti Hauā, as well as the new beginning afforded to us all by Matariki.
The Board’s regular meeting took place before sessions with MIT Rūnanga, MIT Pacific Community Komiti, and Unitec Fono Faufautua Committee.
Reengaging learners Post-COVID
Recent disruptions to secondary education caused by COVID-19 have led a significant number of students in south Auckland to disengage.
The Chair told the Board disengagement was a nationwide issue, urging vocational education in Tāmaki Makaurau to see itself as having an important role to play in helping with re-engagement.
During the ensuing discussion, it was emphasised that a greater understanding of the issues facing this cohort needs to be developed. Some of these students are now in full-time employment and may be best re-engaged through Work Based Learning.
A plan was made to meet with local school principals to gain increased insight into how Unitec and MIT can assist.
The tight labour market is also having an impact on staffing levels at MIT and Unitec. Both institutes are experiencing significantly higher turnover rates than this time last year.
Staff are being attracted to both private and public sector roles offering considerable pay increases. While the overall shortage of skilled workers makes filling vacancies harder, especially in areas like IT support and plumbing where demand from industry is strong.
Institute leadership was advised some retention strategies are in place with others are under development.
The Board was advised there had been an increase in EFTS at both MIT and Unitec with Semester 2 campaigns in the market.
Te Pūkenga continuing Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund until June 30 next year has been welcomed by our schools.
Staff had been redeployed from other areas to help the enrolments team convert interest into applications during this busy period.