CHIEF EXECUTIVE' S FOREWORD
Academic Highlights WelTec continued to update its portfolio of programmes and academic systems during 2015 to make sure that it delivers the vocational education and training employers and students need. This included 20 new programmes of study, 76 amended programmes and 22 training schemes. The Combined Academic Board (CAB) oversaw a significant milestone for WelTec in 2015 with approval and accreditation for its first Masters programme, the Master of Professional Practice, targeted at health and social practice professionals wishing to advance their practice and their careers. The Masters and associated Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Professional Practice focus on the development of interdisciplinary thinking and leadership in a diverse and complex world, and were developed in partnership with Whitireia. WelTec also received accreditation for its second Masters programme, the Master of Information Technology, and Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology. This new Masters programme will be part of the portfolio offered by Wellington’s ICT Graduate School, which is a shared initiative between Victoria University Wellington, Whitireia and WelTec, in conjunction with Wellington’s ICT industry. WelTec was formally recognised by an independent panel convened by the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) as having qualifications that met two international standards. The NZ Diploma in Engineering and the Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree were successfully recognised as respectively meeting the requirements of the Dublin Accord, with seven member
countries, and the Sydney Accord, with nine member countries. Growing New Zealand’s engineering capability is a key part of the government’s strategy to transform New Zealand into a high tech, innovation-led economy and WelTec has a key role to play in the Wellington region. Achieving this world-class status greatly increases the prospects and mobility of our engineering alumni. WelTec prides itself on its long-term commitment to upskill and recognise with formal qualifications the experience of those working in the construction industry, including higher level roles. In 2015, two new programmes were approved, the NZ Certificate in Construction Related Trades (Main Contract Supervision) and the NZ Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. The School of Hospitality successfully launched nine new programmes for delivery in 2015 as result of the Targeted Review of Qualification (TRoQ), with more under development for 2016. The New Zealand Diploma in Funeral Directing and New Zealand Diploma in Embalming were reviewed by NZQA for consistency of graduate outcomes.
This is a new quality assurance process that all New Zealand programmes will be required to undergo on a regular basis. WelTec provided NZQA with a report detailing how WelTec’s graduates for these programmes met the Graduate Outcomes, and backed this up with ‘real world’ evidence. During the year, the CAB initiated a consultation on its future and committee structures to achieve more effective integrated decision-making across WelTec and Whitireia. Following feedback, a new Academic Board, Terms of Reference and Committee structure was approved by the Council in December 2015. Four new committees have been established. They are Research, Evaluation, Programme, and Portfolio, with an aim to improve how effectively both institutions deliver outcomes for students and employers, and provide a more strategic approach to programme delivery and successful postgraduate activity. WelTec thanks Dr Peter Coolbear for his services as Chair of the Combined Academic Board over the four years since the establishment of the strategic partnership with Whitireia. From 2016, the Combined Academic Board will be Chaired by Chief Executive Chris Gosling.
New Combined Academic Board (WelTec and Whitireia)
A large group of students received the Bachelor of Youth Development for the first time in 2015 at graduation. This cohort included four members of WelTec’s Tamaiti Whangai team – a fantastic achievement and one supported by Te Runanganui o Te Atiawa ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Inc (Te Atiawa).
Left: David Lomax, Hinemoa Priest, Susan Luke and Rangi Luke.