Hau Taki Haere | Tertiary Update Vol 25, No 10
Te Hautū Kahurangi | Tertiary Education Union is excited to welcome Pam Fleming and Drew Duncan into newly created roles as Te Pūkenga Union Liaison Officers.
Funded by Te Pūkenga but working out of TEU offices in Hamilton and Wellington, respectively, the Liaison Officers will provide personal and approachable links between Te Pūkenga staff and management; and enable a genuine two-way flow of information as the new vocational education provider continues to take shape.
In their internal communication to staff welcoming Pam and Drew, Te Pūkenga said ‘both roles are key in enabling staff representation in the reforms of vocational education and will be available to engage TEU members from across the network through to December 2022’.
TEU National Secretary Sandra Grey is quick to point out that these roles didn’t come about by accident,
‘We won these positions through our lobbying and the strong working relationship we have built up with senior management of Te Pūkenga. Their establishment is a clear signal that the legislated requirement to empower staff is being taken seriously and it’s a way-of-working other employers in the tertiary sector would do well to learn from’.
Pam Fleming, who has previously taught business at Toi Ohomai, sees her latest role as a way to ‘promote TEU members’ interests through facilitating involvement in the transformation of our vocational education network. I’m particularly looking forward to being able to interact with our members in their spaces, encouraging involvement, and either answering questions or finding out the answer’.
Drew Duncan is employed as an IT lecturer at WelTec/Whitireia and sees the biggest challenge ahead as ‘convincing staff to engage in what are very genuine requests to have their voices heard and acted upon’. He’s also looking forward to the empowerment aspect of his new role – ‘Helping people feel listened to and valued and ultimately to have their feedback turned into positive actions’.
All TEU members who work in vocational education are encouraged to connect with Drew and Pam via the contact details below.
Pam: 021 914 922 and [email protected]
Drew: 021 915 830 and [email protected]
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