And the Cook Islands Tertiary Institute (CITTI) trades faculty has a new face at the helm, with electrical tutor Ina George excited to take up the position.
“It’s exciting but nerve-wracking; I’m looking forward to putting all our new plans in place.”
George has been the electrical tutor at CITTI for the past two years, and has extensive experience as an electrician in Canada for 18 years, leading teams of up to 300 men.
The faculty provides programmes in automotives, construction, electrical, and plumbing as well as a number of community education courses.
Most courses are night courses, which allows for working tradesmen to attend and upskill or complete their full trade qualifications.
Then during the day George manages a group of Tereora College pupils.
“These are guys who are more comfortable with a hammer in their hand rather than a pen – and it’s really great to see them focused and motivated.”
George said the course, where students gain NCEA credits, is a great platform to launch into a career in their chosen trade.
And over in Turangi, head of the hair and beauty faculty Sara O’Keefe is excited for another year of providing internationally-recognised City and Guilds qualifications.
O’Keefe said it is amazing to see the difference in the young women who attend her courses.
“They learn a lot about time management, confidence, even just simple things like how to answer the phone, it’s great.”
O’Keefe also provides high quality training in hair cutting, colouring, nail art and everything in between.
O’Keefe has mentored a number of young women who have gone on to be successful hairdressers in the community – earning significant amounts for wedding services.
“It’s great and it’s a flexible career especially if they have children.”
The courses, which start at a beginning level but also go through to the full qualification, allow students to discover what they are passionate about.
“If they decide to go in a different direction or further their studies we can help and support them through that decision.”
CITTI director Owen Lewis left the role last month, and a new director is set to be announced shortly.
All CITTI tutors in trades, hair and beauty and hospitality encourage prospective students to get in touch with them, visit the campus and enrol for 2016.
To contact the trades faculty in Arorangi call 21471 and to contact the hair and beauty and hospitality faculties call 22628.