Whitireia Wellington Campuses’ open day is on 30 August ’13 #media #performance #film #IT

Friday 30 August 2013 is Wellington Campus Open Day – it’s a great opportunity to see and talk to people in the Film and TV, Whitireia Performance Centre, Computer Power Plus and Media Centre campuses, in Wellington CBD.

Whitireia Open Day map, our Wellington campuses.

Whitireia Open Day map, our Wellington campuses.

If you are thinking of studying to work in publishing, radio, film, television, the media, acting or performance or a range of computing and IT industries, call in and have a chat with tutors on site. All Whitireia Wellington campuses are open on 30 August from 9am to 3pm. A large copy of the map (above) is available on the Whitireia website – you can also search there for qualification information.

Two days inside Whitireia Music, photos of rehearsal and performance days.

Students from the music, DJ and live sound programmes work on a gig, captured here in photos set to music, on YouTube.

A new way of studying and collaborating delivers rural paramedic needs.

Rural medical emergencies and farm accidents cut to the core of a stretched paramedic service in New Zealand. Beyond the easy reach of big city helicopter services are the rugged hills, coasts and sprawling farms of real New Zealand. It’s committed individuals who make medical services happen here, with the support they get from their communities.

Annabel Taylor is a paramedic based in Taieri, Otago. She has seen her fair share of rural accidents and farm medical emergencies. Her work day might include connecting with the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter, to transfer critically or severely injured people to hospital services after stabilising and evaluating an injured person. The rural team is the first response for the Dunedin ambulance service. “I believe the rural sector is deserving of the most highly educated and skilled health professionals available, whether this be in the form of a rescue helicopter crew or a metropolitan ambulance meeting a rural crew on the side of the road to help in a crisis.”

Annabel joined the paramedics with a nursing qualification. Rural Women NZ/Access have awarded her a scholarship to tailor her skills for paramedic work. The scholarship will help cover Annabel’s expenses as she studies for a year-long Postgraduate Certificate in Speciality Care, Advanced Paramedic Practice, at Whitireia New Zealand. The course includes distance learning and she’ll also be flying to Wellington during the year for block courses. Access CEO, Graeme Titcombe, says, “Annabel was chosen for her academic excellence, professional dedication in providing medical care to remote and isolated rural communities, and for the potential benefit her study can bring to the rural sector she serves.”

Annabel was chosen from a strong field of 30 applicants. She is absolutely delighted to be awarded the scholarship. She knows there are plenty of challenges and surprises ahead, for a rural, intensive care paramedic.

by Tim Renner
August 2013

The world health simulation industry users group learns lessons at Whitireia

Every two years Laerdal Simulation Users Network (SUN) representatives from around the globe gather to review the latest research in health simulation training. At the newest sim suite facility in the world, delegates worked with student teams in the new $18M health centre at Whitireia New Zealand, from 18 to 20 July.

Whitireia staff assist in a surprise simulation incident t the SUN conference at Whitireia New Zealand

Whitireia staff assist in a surprise simulation incident at the SUN conference at Whitireia New Zealand.

Whitireia students participate in a surprise paramedic activity for the SUN delegates

Whitireia students participate in a surprise paramedic activity for the SUN delegates

The first day started with an unannounced simulation exercise involving paramedics, nurses and Doctors and was intended to highlight the importance of inter-profession communication and collaboration.

Over 80 delegates were present and attended lectures and workshops around the use of simulation and presentations from plenary speakers from the USA and Australia. Laerdal are the major worldwide industry providers for simulation equipment and were delighted to sponsor the conference at Whitireia. It provided an opportunity to showcase superb simulation facilities and teaching strategies. Delegates were very taken by the impressive facilities and also the taching and learning work being undertaken by Whitireia New Zealand utilising simulation technologies.

by Tim Renner
August 2013

Media Centre graduates talk about the future.

2013 Whitireia Media Centre graduates talk about their plans in this 2 minute clip.

Changes in the building industry and spiking growth indicate staff shortages ahead.

Capentry student working on a Habitat for Humanity house at Whitireia New Zealand.

Capentry student working on a Habitat for Humanity house at Whitireia New Zealand.

Its an interesting and fluid environment in the building trades at the moment. Recently published reports talk about ‘massive upturns’ in industry activity, referring to the growth in Christchurch and Auckland building consents, issued in the last quarter. It seems likely to industry spokepeople, that staff shortages are imminent.

Certified Builders Chief Executive Grant Florence describes the New Zealand building industry as dominated by businesses with less than 20 employees. With licensing introduced to the industry recently, a restructuring is occuring as old heads in the industry decide to continue, move overseas or retire.

This follow a prior downturn in the sector, which saw many workers move offshore. While lower growth regions struggle to keep builders in region, the spikes now see industry bodies encouraging trade qualified builders to take on apprentices where they can.

A long term view to even out the needs of the country is now required. Coordination between training providers and building businesses to provide continuity of skills, in a new era of licensed and mobile builders, is now needed to meet the needs of New Zealand.

by Tim Renner
August 2013

Employers are only able to fill 30% of these well paid jobs – is it you?

If you join the dots on employment reports for Wellington region, it quickly becomes clear that both infrastructure and regional business development are facing a significant challenge to fill IT positions in key areas. Networking, system development, programming IT staff, shortages in these jobs are a world-wide phenomenom. As technology developments outstrip regional businesses resources and new business opportunities appear, the pressure to find key IT people to support existing infrastructure as well as ‘grow the knowledge economy’ is now immense. Indicators in Wellington imply recruitment success in only in the “30% band” for successful recruitment of IT staff!

It sounds counter-intuitive, in this economically challenged period to suggest there is such a large candidate shortage. But consider our Whitireia experience – graduates last year, with hands on Android development experience, were snapped up before graduating. And almost all of them were employed by one out-of-region employer.

While regional agencies seek to come to terms with the labour market report data, which is muddied by national sets of information like ‘locations of head offices’ and other areas of confusion, Wellington City is pushing ahead with The Wellington Digital Strategy. Inside its first goal (of three), the strategy states it will “foster education in innovative digital sectors and link to industry needs”.

So what does an ‘education…. link to industry needs’ look like? Is it academically worthy study into theoretical models or is it on-the-job work-experienced graduates with an entry level skill set? Or somewhere inbetween? Perhaps its a bit of everything. Until such time that the labour reporting machine provides the answers, we can only speak for our experience, which in line with the needs of the Wellington Creative Digital Strategy, sees a large demand for roles in software and network development and all the skills that support infrastructure and new IT business.

by Tim Renner
July 2013


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