WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
Outcome 5 Contributing to the Growth of the National Economy WelTec contributes significantly to the Skilled and Safe Workplaces and the Infrastructure components of the Government’s Business Growth Agenda2. The associated high-level goals of these are detailed below.
Skilled and safe workplaces The Business Growth Agenda (BGA) reflects that a highly skilled workforce, safe and flexible workplaces and sensible regulation help make New Zealand an attractive place for businesses and workers. New Zealand needs to further develop an innovative, adaptable and inclusive education system that provides the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly globalised labour market and to make this country a real hub of talent and ideas for the Asia-Pacific region. The BGA focus is on lifting achievement for every student, improving information and pathways for learners, increasing the relevance of tertiary education and building effective links between education and employment. This will ensure our education system provides the skills that businesses and workers need. Building skills to ensure workforce success for Māori and Pacific peoples, and supporting people moving from benefits into the workplace, are important elements in equipping all of our people to participate and succeed in our economy and society.
The 2015 results show that 92% of employers agreed or agreed strongly that WelTec graduates have the skills required.
WelTec’s provision is closely aligned to the objectives of making New Zealand’s workplaces more skilled and productive.
Development work was also undertaken for the provision of a NCEA Level 2 Vocational Pathway for the manufacturing and technology sector in 2016.
WelTec graduates are well-equipped for employment and work productively throughout New Zealand. Their skills have enabled them to contribute to the New Zealand economy including the rapid growth of the Auckland economy. WelTec graduates are also involved in Wellington regional infrastructural activities such as the MacKays to Peka Peka roading project and the Canterbury rebuild.
In 2015, 63 of our Trades Academy students gained a trades related qualification.
WelTec plays a critical role in getting at-risk young people into a career (Priority 2: Tertiary Education Strategy 2014 -19). In 2015, we provided learning opportunities to 4,979 students aged under 25. Our Trades Academy provided learning opportunities for 139 secondary school age people in partnership with the student’s school.
Perhaps more importantly in an era of rapidly changing technology, 93% of employers agreed or agreed strongly that WelTec graduates are able to acquire new skills readily. WelTec contributed to the achievement of two key Better Public Service results in the area of boosting skills and employment, namely: Increase the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification. In 2015, WelTec delivered 3 NCEA Level 2 Vocational Pathway programmes in 2015 for the: • • •
Increase the proportion of 25 to 34-year-olds with advanced trade qualifications, diplomas and degrees (at level 4 or above). WelTec has significant offerings of advanced trade qualifications, diplomas and degrees at Levels 4-7. Excluding ITO students, 939 students aged 25-34 were enrolled in such qualifications in 2015. WelTec awarded 405 Level 4-7 qualifications to students aged 25 -34 (and another 671 to people aged under 25 and 571 to people aged 35 and over). In addition, 398 ITO students aged 25-34 received tuition from WelTec during 2015.
WelTec surveys employers annually to ensure that its graduates are meeting employers’ needs and expectations.
Construction and Infrastructure Sector; Service Industries; and Social and Community Services Sector;