The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) is cutting at least one course from its programme for the coming year, with another two at risk.
WITT Chief Executive, Barbara George, told Stuff that the certificate in photography would be cut due to low enrolments. Teaching in the topic will now be part of the general creative arts course.
Courses in marae catering, fitness training and computing are also under threat.
George wrote to the TEU in December outlining how the changes may affect staff.
Staff reductions, the letter said, would first be managed through resignations and retirements, as well as the non-renewal of fixed term contracts.
George told Stuff that in addition to the four members of staff that had taken voluntary redundancy, there may be some impact on staffing levels.
The TEU is working with WITT to ensure the best possible outcome for staff. Commenting on this, TEU Organiser at WITT, Lawrence O’Halloran, said
“WITT is Taranaki’s largest tertiary education provider. Every effort must be made to ensure the public provision of a wide range of courses continues in the region. We are working with WITT to ensure that the number of staff affected is kept to an absolute minimum. Where changes are necessary, staff must be given every opportunity to retrain or take other roles at WITT.”