Otago Polytechnic has launched a programme with the hope of
filling an engineering shortage.
The new Certificate in Foundation Studies will be launched
next year and act as a bridging option for students wanting
to study towards an engineering diploma or degree, making
entry into engineering study easier.
Open entry means applicants do not need a formal academic
background to qualify. School of Architecture, Building and
Engineering head John Findlay said it had introduced
open-entry requirements in response to a shortage of
engineers in New Zealand.
''There is presently a significant scarcity of trained
engineers particularly at diploma and three-year degree level
and this is expected to become more acute in the short term.
This is our response to the market demand,'' he said.
He was confident career prospects would be bright.
''Both [the diploma and degree] qualifications are
internationally benchmarked and engineering graduates and New
Zealand-trained engineering graduates have a good reputation
worldwide,'' Mr Findlay said.