Student success is the aim at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT). It doesn’t matter if you are a returning student, settling back into study to increase your skills, or straight out of high school and entering your first experience of tertiary study. At SIT, students come first and we want you to experience a personal learning programme which allows you to feel comfortable extending yourself and gaining knowledge and experience in your chosen field.

For students that finished school before completing NCEA Level 2, SIT has the option of Vocational Pathways courses which will help you get up to speed for entry into Level 3 programmes. This doesn’t mean a repeat of your high school experience; you can gain Level 2 credits doing what you are interested in, as there are various courses available including Construction, Collision Repair, Automotive, Engineering, Hospitality, Digital Media and Salon Skills.

To be eligible for the Vocational Pathways courses you must be over 16 years old when the course is due to start, or 15 years old with a school leaving certificate. You need to have proficiency in the English language (both written and spoken), but numeracy and literacy skills can be built on within your course too. If you discover after finishing that that’s not the area you want to specialise in, you can still branch out into something else as your Level 2 credits count towards getting into any Level 3 course, no matter what the subject.

SIT’s Chief Executive Penny Simmonds, on announcement of the new Vocational Pathways courses stated that, “we’re very pleased to be offering a broad range of Vocational Pathways Awards this year. SIT has always worked closely with industry to meet their training needs, and the Vocational Pathways fit very well with our aim to give students the opportunity to prepare for work with the skills that employers have asked for. We hope that many people will take up this opportunity to study towards a qualification and go on to a job or further study.”

The Vocational Pathways course in Digital Media is a step in the right direction for any student who thought further study in the creative sphere was not an option. 

One student who has excelled in the Creative Arts is George Borrie. Graduating from SIT with a Bachelor of Applied Media Arts (Visual Media) – now known as the Bachelor of Visual Arts – George experienced the highs of graduation along with the lows of missing his Arts classmates.

Having come a long way from the fresh high school kid who kept leaving the lens cap on his camera, George has now had one of his photos featured on the front cover of New Zealand Apparel Magazine. The fashion shoot that resulted in this impressive photo inspired him to continue studying in 2017, taking the Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction. This is another first for George as he had never touched a sewing machine before the semester started.

George’s experience in the Arts department was an overwhelmingly positive one. 

“I loved being at the Arts campus, everyone interacts and you get to know each other really well. It was all very communal and interactive which was great and something you wouldn’t be able to get at a larger institute with huge class sizes.”

SIT is focused on the student experience and the smaller class sizes mean that you get a personal experience while still enjoying life on campus and interaction with your classmates. Follow your dreams at SIT and start your student experience today!