WelTec offers free engineering degree to fill job shortages

WelTec’s Free New Zealand Engineering Degree (NZDE) provides work-ready graduates to fund local infrastructure projects.

Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce chief executive Patrick McKibbin said that in 2021, the chamber identified that 66% of businesses in the Hutt Valley expect it to be harder to find jobs. qualified or specialized employees.

“The talent shortage is the main conversation we are having with companies right now, including engineering companies. We support initiatives such as WelTec’s engineering program, which provides much-needed skilled personnel to support employers in our region.

Engineering graduates are in high demand around Aotearoa, with highly qualified WelTec students being sought after by employers upon completion of their two years of study.

Mary-Claire Proctor, director of WelTec’s School of Innovation, Design and Technology, says the school is making more and more progress with its new emphasis on innovation.

“This new approach allows students to learn through a contemporary lens and gain valuable skills aligned with growing industry needs.

“Our country has a strong infrastructure development pipeline and a desperate need for engineers. WelTec has a well-established curriculum with connections to employers, making job opportunities for graduates strong and diverse,” says Mary-Claire.

WelTec’s NZDE graduates continue to support a range of nationwide initiatives. Recent graduate Tim Tarbotton, 27, is using the specialist skills he acquired in hydrology and wastewater to assess the consequences of flooding in the Canterbury countryside as part of his job at Tarbotton Land and Civil in Ashburton.

“I learned all the practical ins and outs at WelTec, and it’s really satisfying to put them into practice now in my job,” says Tim.

Tim always wanted to become a civil engineer and WelTec offered him the opportunity to learn the necessary skills in just two years and for free through the Targeted Training and Learning Fund.

“I loved the smaller class sizes and the access to tutors. The tutors really got to know us individually which allowed us to ask questions and engage.

“I was able to learn in a way that was right for me, which meant trying things out, rather than sitting in a lecture hall with a hundred other people,” says Tim.

“It’s great to see talented young engineers making their way into the industry,” says Stuart Tarbotton, director of Tarbotton Land and Civil. “There is a lot of work to be done and with the border restrictions in place, there are jobs to be filled.”

It’s not too late to study WelTec’s New Zealand Engineering degree 2022 for free. Take the first step towards an exciting career in a thriving industry. Register now at whitireiaweltec.ac.nz
or speak to the friendly advisers on 0800 935 832.

The Targeted Training and Learning Fund (TTAF) runs until December 2022. Free options available for students re-enrolling for 2023.

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