CHIEF EXECUTIVE' S FOREWORD
Focus on Priority Groups Engagement with youth continued to be a key priority for 2015. The Wellington Trades Academy moved to a part-time model allowing 181 secondary school students to study three days a week at school and two days at WelTec or Whitireia. Participation of Māori at WelTec continued to increase with 21% of SAC funded students identifying as Māori. This compares to 13.5% of Māori in the Wellington population. For Pasifika 12% of SAC funded students identified as one of the seven Pacific nations. This compares to 8.4% in the population.
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) continued in 2015 with 120 EFTS delivered to 142 students. The Wellington Consortium, which includes Ngati Toa, Te Atiawa, Pasifika Churches, WelTec and Whitireia and employer representatives, provides governance to the initiative.
Left: Hector Rurehe and Paul Kereopa at the opening of the Whanau Ora Centre. The hard work of 2014 Māori Trades Training students was celebrated at the opening of the Kokiri Puketapu building at Waiwhetu Marae. Named in honour of Kaumatua Kara Puketapu, the Whanau Ora centre provides a range of health services, The celebration also recognised the 55th birthday of Waiwhetu Marae, the hub of Te Atiawa, which has a Memorandum of Understanding with WelTec that outlines our shared commitment to education.
Left: Nigel Phillipson with Corrections Officer Bronson Blake at graduation ceremony, Rimutaka Prison.
Above: Māori student orientation at Waiwhetu Marae.
Delivery at Rimutaka Prison’s trade and technical training workshops continued in 2015. Through these programmes, 56 students were able to achieve a tertiary qualification in either construction or engineering trades with WelTec. The Department of Corrections supports our delivery at Rimutaka Prison and is seeking to expand this in 2016 as part of its goal of lowering rates of recidivism through the provision of meaningful educational opportunities for prisoners.