WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
Responding to Industry Vocational education and training by its very definition is about delivery of applied skills to students. This is what differentiates ITPs to universities and is demonstrated in the skills and attributes of our graduates. WelTec programmes include work experience or work placement components which means that students can apply what they have learned in an academic setting to the real world before they graduate. WelTec works with industry in many ways including through formal Industry Partnership Committees that focus on sectors of the economy that are important to Wellington’s economic and social success. Seventeen Industry Partnership Committees representing 118 companies and industry associations operated in 2015. These committees, that also include representatives from secondary school principals, Industry Training Organisations and peak sector bodies have a direct input into the shape and delivery of WelTec’s programmes. Employers were again surveyed for their views of WelTec graduates and the relevancy of WelTec qualifications to their workforce requirements. 91% of employers surveyed said graduates had relevant qualifications and 89% reported WelTec graduates were work ready. 75% of graduates overall reported they had gained employment or were going onto further study. The employer survey provides a snapshot of the quality of WelTec graduates. An ICT Graduate School was announced for Wellington. During 2015 the Government confirmed that the Wellington Graduate School would operate from 2016. The Wellington School is a partnership between Victoria University of Wellington, WelTec and Whitireia with strong involvement from a number of Wellington ICT firms, start-ups and leaders in the capital’s technology eco-system. WelTec’s specialised workplace literacy and numeracy programmes flourished in 2015 with demand exceeding available funding. These programmes significantly benefit business, their staff and communities. There are more than a million New Zealand adults without the reading, writing, maths and communication skills they need at work and low levels of workplace literacy have a significant impact on productivity.
A refurbished School of Engineering was opened by Hon Steven Joyce Minister for Tertiary Education and Economic Development. Scores of engineering employers attended the opening in March. Sir Neville Jordan, Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington addressed the audience on the government’s Engineering to Employment (E2E) initiative which aims to increase the number of engineering graduates by more than 500 each year. WelTec wishes to acknowledge the financial and moral support provided by Wellington’s engineering community which provides equipment, materials, expert advice and around $50k in fees scholarships each year. The Hutt City Council provided scholarship funding of $25k in 2015. WelTec is grateful for this significant contribution which aims to increase the number of engineers studying in the Hutt Valley.
Above: Wellington Trades Academy Industry Partnership Committee. Grant Jones, Principal Newlands College. Julia Davidson, Principal Wellington Girls College. David Hibberd, Manager Wellington Trades Academy. Ross Sinclair, Principal Hutt Valley High School.
Below: Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce presents scholarships at the opening of our new Engineering School.