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CHIEF EXECUTIVE' S FOREWORD

WelTec’s Industry Partnership Committees (previously industry advisory committees) continued to meet in 2015. They provided valuable input to our academic programmes and advice on employment trends. The Chairs of these Committees from WelTec and Whitireia met with the Council on 19 August 2015. The meeting focused on identifying ways in which the institutions could better serve the Wellington region by industry connections.

A range of activities to promote engineering and IT including hosting trade shows and other industryfocused events;

Creative technology degree and graduate diploma students held two student exhibitions highlighting their talent to Wellington's creative community;

Competing in the Nestle Toque d’Or competition in Auckland with WelTec students achieving Culinary Gold and Front of House Silver medals, and a WelTec student achieving a City and Guilds Medal of Excellence for Patisserie;

Engineering, architectural technology, applied management and IT students showcasing their final year projects to industry; and

Programme delivery to the Ministry of Social Development to prepare people for employment or tertiary education study.

WelTec’s six Schools covering Business and IT, Construction, Creative Industries, Engineering, Health and Social Services, Hospitality were involved in numerous industry activities and student focused events in 2015. •

Expanding industry relationships with the ANZ including internships and encouraging diversity through the awarding of the top achieving female IT student;

Running training programmes responding to employer demand including for Fletchers at MacKays to Peka Peka;

Hairdressing and makeup artistry students applying their skills at the World of Wearablearts show for the 10th year running;

Working with American film producers to encourage movie projects to be undertaken in Wellington with the involvement of students;

W2 entered into a partnership with REANNZ (Research and Education Network) connecting the wider tertiary education sector;

Two WelTec students competed on the world stage at the International Culinary Cooking Competition at Johnson Country Community in Kansas USA in June 2015 and took out the top prize. Ryan Bloomfield from Wellington and Daniel Baird from the Hutt Valley spent ten weeks preparing for the competition. They travelled to USA with WelTec chef tutors Ray Morrell and Scott Campbell. New Zealand has now won the ICCC twice in the last four years.

Left: Scott Campbell, Daniel Baird, Ryan Bloomfield and Ray Morrell.

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2015 WelTec Annual Report