Otago Polytechnic

Staff development 

Staff training and development

We strongly encourage our staff to upskill and develop themselves both professionally and personally. We even allocate funds to assist you. You will find out more once you have started working with us or ask your manager for more information about professional development.

Compulsory training

Otago Polytechnic has two organisational staff days per year which are compulsory; one in the first week of February - the All Staff welcome back day and the other is a Staff Development day in October. At the February day, any new staff members who have commenced working with us in the last year, are invited to stand up and introduce themselves and say where they work, what they do and how long they have been here. Don’t be afraid and if you want to get creative – feel free to have some fun with it! Attendance at these days is compulsory. 

Other required training includes:

  • Treaty of Waitangi (two-day workshop) within first 12 months
  • The OP Way - Staff Induction (three hours) within first four months
  • Health and Safety
  • Managing Performance (for anyone with direct reports) within first 12 months
  • Recruitment and Selection – available to anyone (compulsory for anyone with direct reports within first 12 months) and needs to be completed before you can be on an interview panel.

How to find professional development training

  • Go to Tuhono
  • Click on the My Learning link to view a catalogue of development learning and training.

People and Culture Team

The Staff Developers in the People and Culture team are here to work with all staff, to build expertise and support professional development. We do this through:

  • Recognising and building on strengths
  • Exploring pathways for capability development
  • Enabling development opportunities.

The team will send you a welcome email once you commence work and an appointment will be made for you to meet with one of the team to discuss your professional development needs and the development opportunities available at Otago Polytechnic.

Email: PCTdevelopment@op.ac.nz

Teaching qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (GDTE)

To help us reach our goal of leading our sector in the achievement of educational excellence, the Leadership Team has resolved to ensure that all our academic staff have an appropriate higher level teaching qualification, so that you are as knowledgeable and skilled in teaching as you are in your professional area. To ensure this, Otago Polytechnic, through Capable NZ, will:

  • Suggest an appropriate pathway to complete the GDTE
  • Enrol you in the GDTE (120 credit, Level 7 programme)
  • Fully subsidise the cost of the programme
  • Depending on your terms of service, offer you a reduced teaching schedule during the first year to enable you to study.

Already have teaching qualifications (e.g. Secondary Teachers Diploma)?

Some credits may be given for teaching qualifications, enabling you to fast track through the GDTE.

No formal qualifications, but many years’ experience as a teacher of adults or tertiary students?
Discuss the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway, which takes this experience into account.

Master of Professional Practice

Otago Polytechnic offers the Master of Professional Practice (MPP) with a tertiary learning/teaching focus. The MPP is only available to experienced teaching staff who do not yet hold a tertiary teaching qualification; or to teaching staff who hold one of our lower level teaching qualifications and would like to upgrade to a masters. The MPP is a work-based learning programme which focuses on enhancing the learner’s practice. It is personalised to the learner through a significant project which adds value to the learner and the Polytechnic. Projects could include things like programme/course development or implementing new learning, teaching or assessment strategies.

If you have an interest in the MPP, please contact Capable NZ in the first instance to register that interest. You will then be contacted by a Capable NZ facilitator to explore whether or not this is the programme for you.