WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
Equal Educational Opportunities WelTec has a number of strategies to attract and meet the needs of potential and enrolled students from underrepresented groups or from groups that are disadvantaged in terms of their ability to attend a tertiary learning organisation.
WelTec has a number of programmes and services that support students with special needs or who may be disadvantaged in terms of their ability to attend the institution. These are: •
students with long-term illness, injury or learning disability: - Programmes – Certificate in Community and Vocational Learning Skills, and Certificate in Vocational Skills. - Support services and Ability Support specialists
transitions from secondary school: - Wellington Trades Academy including level 1 programme - STAR and Gateway
Foundation level programmes: English, Maths and Communication; including Foundation programmes in particular areas: Construction, and Engineering.
In 2015 the WelTec Learning Team, which consists of Learning Advisors, Mentors and Ability Advisors supported 2,379 Students. 8,848 interactions were held over 10,000 hours using a range of medians including classes, groups, drop-in sessions, individual (face to face), phone, text and email. Ability Advisors provided high levels of information and support to students who required assistance and/or advised of a disability on enrolment. In 2015, eight staff, provided 471 sessions, with over 400 of hours of note-taker, reader-writer and peer tutor services to help improve participation, retention, completion and progression of 82 students who required these services.
These programmes provide an opportunity for learners to increase their literacy, language and numeracy competence through the application of a complex web of reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, problem solving, numeracy skills and communication technology so that they can achieve their own goals in a meaningful social, cultural, vocational and/ or learning contexts.
Left: Neil McDonald and students at Whanau Ora Centre, Waiwhetu Marae.
To address the under-representation of Māori students in many programmes across the organisation together, the Runanga and WelTec support Tamaiti Whangai, a unique model of student support where concepts of Manaakitanga and Awhina frame services to help rangatahi achieve their goals. The principles enshrined in this model guide and inform how WelTec is developing services, systems and partnerships that put students’ needs at the centre. In 2015 a total of 654 Support Plans were completed for a total of 280 students. Some students
had multiple issues/support throughout their course of study. Over recent years, this partnership has delivered a range of projects focused on improving outcomes for learners, including students in the carpentry programme constructing the Whanau Ora centre at Waiwhetu marae; the Runanga convening various events to promote the value of vocational education including Te Ra o Te Raukura – an annual festival held at Te Whiti Park; collaboration on the design
of facilities such as the new creative technologies and arts campus in Cuba Street Wellington; and the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative.
In 2015 a total of 654 Support Plans were completed for a total of 280 students