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Having accrued an impressive record working with industry and within our sector, Liz McKenzie says she can’t wait to continue her mahi as Otago Polytechnic’s Head of College of Work Based Learning.

“I’m excited about the possibilities of building and strengthening relationships with industry representatives, employers and the local community, and being able to meet their needs through a variety of work-based learning models,” Liz says.

A strong advocate of the benefits of on-job and apprenticeship training, Liz regards her new role as an opportunity to help ensure the successful elements of the current industry training model are not lost through any Review of Vocational Education (RoVE) changes.

“I’m looking forward to helping Otago Polytechnic, as part of Te Pūkenga, deliver nationally consistent outcomes at a regional level that are relevant and meaningful for industry, employers, and work-based learners.

“I want to see the best parts of industry training and the best parts of provider training be brought together for a better learner experience – no matter what the setting.”

Despite enjoying the independence and flexibility of being a self-employed contractor/consultant for the past 15 years, Liz leapt at the chance to join Otago Polytechnic.

“This role seems to have been created to perfectly match my skills and experience.

“I’m looking forward to being in a team environment again, too.”

Outside of work, Liz values spending time with her family.

“We like to spend as much time as possible relaxing at our wee crib in Naseby – and love having family and friends come and join us. 

 “My daughter is in her high school curling team, so I’ve spent a bit of time on the ‘sidelines’, both in Naseby and in Dunedin, and this year have agreed to be the team manager.”

She also likes to keep fit – usually by walking, swimming, or at the gym.

“I completed the 10km event of the 2019 Dunedin marathon. This was a proud accomplishment for me after what could easily be described as a life-long aversion to running.

“That said, it was probably a one-off!”



Published on 19 May 2021

Orderdate: 19 May 2021
Expiry: 19 May 2023