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EIT geared to help East Coast skills shortage

January 7, 2019

There will be over 2800 new jobs created each year for the next four years on the East Coast, and EIT graduates will be well placed to fill them.

Infometrics data is used by the tertiary institute to help inform the development of its programmes. Engagement with local industry ensures that what is offered is in line with what employers need.

In addition to the new jobs being created each year, it’s expected that over 2600 current jobs will need filling as people leave their roles.

New job growth in the Hawke’s Bay region is forecast to be strong among health and education professionals and construction workers. The horticulture sector is also poised to expand its workforce considerably in the next four to five years – see separate story.

In Gisborne, while construction growth is not significant, farming, forestry and garden workers provide a large portion of new jobs.

Hospitality and food trades are also predicted by Infometrics to have stronger new job growth between now and 2022.

Mark Oldershaw, EIT’s deputy chief executive says EIT uses a raft of economic information to inform its programming, with Infometric information being a key source.

“Our aim is to support students to succeed in their chosen fields and part of that is to ensure we are providing programmes that meet future demand, both for roles needed and the skills those roles require,” Oldershaw says.

Business and specialist services will be among the new job openings out to 2022 in Hawke’s Bay. EIT’s business and computing suite of programmes, from digital skills entry level to Bachelor degrees, bode well for delivering the 86 new positions created on average each year.

Likewise, demand for health and community services and educators will be well served by EIT programmes.

“These are sectors that we have strengthened with more programmes at varying levels, new staff appointments, and generally stronger focus,” Oldershaw says.

“We also recognise that self-employment through business start-ups is a growing trend for graduating students. We’ve been doing a lot of work around entrepreneurship at EIT with various networking and workshops available for people wanting to strike out on their own.”

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