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Stellar Year For Weltec

Stellar Year For Weltec

“A stellar year for WelTec,” is how Peter Preston, Chair of the Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) describes 2009. WelTec published its annual report today outlining the year’s highlights, and strong financial and educational performance.

“We had to develop a strategy early on when it was clear that the recession was not only continuing, but getting worse for many in the community we serve. Our annual report demonstrates the success of the Council and staff in managing expenditure within budget and looking for new ways of generating revenue to make our operation sustainable in the future. All key financial ratios saw a marked improvement on previous years.

“In 2009 we had a strong focus on working closely with business to support innovation and meet the needs of industry in terms of the programmes we offer,” said Mr Preston. 96% of employers responding to an independent survey believed that WelTec qualifications met their needs.

“WelTec catered for almost 11,000 students. 72% of these students are studying higher level certificates, diplomas and degrees. Satisfaction rates amongst students for the courses and programmes we offer are very high at 96%.

“Our Maori and Pacific Island communities were very involved in our activities with key initiatives such as the development of Tamaiti Whangai to support our Maori students achieve qualifications and a Pacific Island Fono which agreed a new strategic direction for how we link in with our local communities,” said Mr Preston.

Almost 70% of WelTec’s students successfully completed the programme of study they enrolled in. Dr Linda Sissons, Chief Executive of WelTec says, “This is very encouraging, but we can do better. Last year we trialled a new Personal Education Plan process that incorporated literacy and numeracy testing of students. This worked very well and we now offer this type of support to all students. With the right type of student support systems in place we anticipate that the proportion of students successfully completing their studies at WelTec will improve. Some students arrive at WelTec with few or no secondary school qualifications, but through our supportive learning environment and excellent teachers students leave with tertiary qualifications that are keenly sought after by employers.”

WelTec’s annual report is available on our website – www.weltec.ac.nz

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