Connecting educators with industry has always been a vital part of our work at WECA, and, as a region, these connections are becoming stronger. Our two major tertiary providers - the University of Waikato and Wintec - are always keen to support our efforts to foster a vibrant and sustainable engineering sector by attracting and developing engineers for the future, and they are well represented on our board, by Professor Mark Dyer (University of Waikato) and Shelley Wilson and Craig Malins (Wintec).
It's great to see Wintec stepping things up further with their recent appointment of Klaus Reiter into a newly created Director of Industry Engagement role. Klaus will provide strategic leadership for design and delivery of education-to-employment value networks and industry teaching partnerships and implementation of its customer promise. Wintec tutors spend at least three days a year on industry secondments, and management is looking at ways to increase industry teaching partnerships, including guest lecturers from industry and site visits.
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