WE LTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2015
BUSINESS PLAN PERFORMANCE Goal 1
Academic Excellence: WelTec will be a leader in applied learning and educational outcomes by creating a more highly skilled and knowledgeable society with equitable representation of priority groups.
Economic Growth: WelTec will be a driver of economic growth linking skill development to job creation.
The number of Equivalent Fulltime Students (EFTS) enrolled in 2015 are detailed in the Statement of Service Performance Section. Throughout the year strategies were implemented to improve learner success with a particular focus on priority learners, making use of available qualitative and quantitative data to identify students who would benefit from additional support. Specific action plans for courses with results below 60% successful completion were tabled with the Board of Studies, Executive Management Team and Academic Committee. The results of this effort is reflected in the year’s course completion results in the Education Performance achievements in the Statement of Service Performance section. The Pacific Action Plan was implemented. The Memorandum of Understanding with Waiwhetu Marae continued to provide a mechanism to support both student and staff development through the Tamaiti Whangai approach. The Kaiwhakahaere Māori and Tamaiti Whangai staff provided cultural and pastoral support to both students and staff where and when appropriate. LN (Literacy and Numeracy) is embedded for all students at Levels 1-3. The end of 2015 Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) report showed that assessment compliance exceeded both TEC expectations and the national averages. Educational technology developments have included a consolidation of staff training and flexible learning strategies. Collaborative business planning with the Whitireia Online Learning Centre has resulted in a shared 2016 business plan. 40
The scoping of a two-year initiative was completed establishing research leadership and forward planning within WelTec. The Business plan for the first year of the resulting strategy was successfully implemented.
2015 Strategic Priority: Develop and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with Industry to ensure we are delivering the most relevant programmes to enable skilled graduates to find jobs A number of systems for engagement with industry were developed and tested with industry in an effort to provide consistency across the organisation. Forty five Industry Partnership Committee meetings were held. The Committees provided critical input to programme content as well as forward future planning. A series of industry focus groups were also run by the business partnership manager. Progressing the creative technologies and applied arts campus has been a focus for the year. Industry-led fora identified how businesses and the creative and arts sectors want to associate with WelTec, Whitireia and the new campus. These focus groups also identified a number of potential new courses that industry are expressing a need for. Our Jobs Brokers worked closely with many recruitment companies and employers, especially those involved with MacKays to Peka Peka, Transmission Gully and the railway yards as well as other professional businesses. We hosted numerous employer-led events and saw an increase in the number of referred vacancies as a result of these activities and a buoyant Wellington economy. Local builds such as Rymans Bob Scott Retirement Village continued to create significant job and training opportunities for graduates.
2015 Strategic Priority: Deliver a future-focussed international strategy International EFTS were 117% of 2015 target with a growth of 34% over 2014, and well above the average growth rate across the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) sector. Most EFTS growth occurred out of India (73%) and China (29%). Results from the internationallybenchmarked International Student Barometer 2015 measuring international student satisfaction have indicated exceptional results for WelTec. WelTec was ranked first out of 6 participating New Zealand Metropolitan Institutes of Technology for student satisfaction in 26 of the 77 different aspects of the student experience measured in the survey, a significant improvement on 2013 results. WelTec was ranked first amongst the 10 participating New Zealand ITPs for “Recommendation” - 83% of WelTec students said they would recommend studying at WelTec.