No Aoraki lay-offs planned in Otago

Alex Cabrera
Alex Cabrera
Aoraki Polytechnic is not expecting to lay off any Otago-based staff, even though it will scrap two roles at each of its Oamaru and Dunedin campuses.

The Timaru-based polytechnic this week announced a new organisational structure that would combine the administration services of campuses in Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru.

The structure would also remove the campus manager and administrator positions in Oamaru, as well as the campus administrator and school office manager positions in Dunedin.

However, new roles of community liaison officer and teaching and learning administrator would be created in Dunedin, and the new role of client services manager created in Oamaru.

A new role of liaison manager, which would act between both Oamaru and Dunedin, would also be created.

Acting chief executive Alex Cabrera said he expected new positions would be filled internally.

''The new structure establishes a new grouping of business areas aimed to improve efficiencies and avoid duplication,'' Mr Cabrera said.

''The new client services team will see Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru administration working more closely. The structure also takes into account the collaborative working model Aoraki Polytechnic is currently developing and implementing.

''We have created a liaison manager position (Dunedin/Oamaru) and a community liaison officer role (Dunedin), which will incorporate high schools and community liaison, events management duties, particularly those events focused on student recruitment, and representing the organisation externally. These positions have been designed to better meet the requirements of local communities and high schools and to recognise the breadth of coverage required across a wide geographical region.

''The current campus manager role (Oamaru) will be disestablished and some of the duties from this position will transition into the liaison manager role. ''We have also created a client services officer role (Oamaru) to provide administrative support to a wide range of internal business activities. The role will also provide a point of contact for our students on campus. As a result, the current campus administrator role will be disestablished.''

The institution, which has campuses in Oamaru, Dunedin, Ashburton, Timaru and Christchurch, said in December it would cut 38 support positions and replace them with 14 positions, following a staff consultation period.

Another seven redundancies were proposed later that month, including one position in Oamaru, and cuts to hours and possibly one staff position in Dunedin.

However, following a four-month consultation period with staff, Mr Cabrera said some changes had been made to the original proposal.

''I am sincerely sorry that some individuals will be affected. It is never easy to have to face this sort of change. However, these changes are necessary for the future of the organisation. My intent is to do everything possible to mitigate the impact on staff ... We will attempt to recruit internally for the new positions where possible.

''I realise this is an unsettling time for everyone, and I'm hoping to soon have a complete structure including new appointments.''


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