Director Caroline Medway-Smith says this year her expectation is that CITTI will meet the needs of all students.
“We want to provide programmes with the best course of study and offer opportunities for locals to pursue further education locally, which reduces the need to go overseas for further study,” she said.
To kick start the year, an open day was held as a part of CITTI’s collection of recruitment drive initiatives.
Through radio slots, newspaper adverts, Facebook updates and “taste a trade”/ “join a trade” initiatives, the open day was well attended.
“There was a distinct buzz that evening which was most pleasing,” Medway-Smith said.
This year, CITTI are offering a range of different courses including the new leadership and management course.
Medway-Smith says CITTI’s plan is to increase the levels of education they offer from midway through the year.
“Students can then go onto higher levels of learning through either USP or other overseas papers.
“This gives Cook Islanders more scope for professional development,” she said.
Most often, course enrolments are taken up by people who are already in the workforce, however CITTI are offering a range of subjects that provide qualifications each person may need for their current job.
Medway-Smith says in a lot of cases, people have been working with no qualifications.
“We are changing this culture by being able to get Cook Islanders qualified whilst in employment.
“And they don’t need to leave the island, their family, or community to get this,” she said.
Medway-Smith says CITTI aim to offer the very best for Cook Islands people.
“We take pride in ensuring that our tutors are equipped to deliver quality programmes and that they deliver to the highest degree,” she said.
Each course or programme has different delivery times and Medway-Smith says this can be discussed when students enrol.