Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Wellington Institute of Technology

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Dr Linda Sissons
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Petone (Wellington)
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Auckland, Christchurch
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Highly Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
99.5% Teaching and Learning
Capability
0.5% Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
8.3% Level 1–2
38.8% Level 3–4
25.6% Level 5–6
27.3% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
17.3% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
14.5% Society and Culture
13.6% Architecture and Building
12.5% Management and Commerce
26.9% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2013 Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) was again a strong performer educationally, sitting above the ITP sector average on each indicator. WelTec also remained in a sound financial position.

Responsiveness

In the 2013 Annual Report Council Chair Hon Roger Sowry highlighted a number of WelTec’s achievements, including the completion of student accommodation in the Wellington CBD to attract international and out-of-region domestic students; the establishment of a Regional School of Construction to consolidate most trades delivery; and seismic strengthening of the Student Hub in Petone and the Church Street campus. WelTec also adopted new technology services to improve connectivity for tutors and students. Through ‘the Choice Protocol’, a WelTec and Whitireia Polytechnic (Whitireia) strategic partnership since 2012, both institutions made significant gains for their organisations and students.

WelTec further celebrated 79 percent of its graduates getting jobs or progressing on to further study in 2013, attributing part of this success to its brokering service with employers locally and nationally.

Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons recognised a number of additional achievements, including the development of Foundation Studies programmes at Levels 3–4, which provided maths and science skills to enable learners to progress into engineering programmes at diploma and degree levels. She also cited the training of 655 students at WelTec’s School of Hospitality and more than 130 students at Le Cordon Bleu (LCB) in its first year of operation. Other highlights included WelTec’s generation of nearly $150,000 from its first entry into the Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation; international students increasing by nine percent on 2012 numbers; and strengthened relationships with industry training organisations.

WelTec’s enrolments decreased by 9 percent (257 EFTS) on the previous year. This reduction occurred mainly at Levels 1–2, which accounted for eight percent of total delivery in 2013, down from 13 percent in 2012. The bulk of WelTec’s delivery was at Levels 3–4 (39%), Levels 7–8 (26%) and Levels 5–6 (27%), with provision concentrated in Engineering and Related Technologies (17%), Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (15%), Society and Culture (14%), and Architecture and Building (14%).

Participation was above the ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds and on par for Pasifika (11%). Māori participation (17%) was just below the regional demographic rate. WelTec had 117 Youth Guarantee EFTS (136 students) and 371 full-fee paying international EFTS (524 students).

EffectivenessTop

WelTec was above the ITP sector average for all four of the educational performance indicators (EPIs) and achieved increases on the previous year for both qualification completion and student retention.

Achievement for Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds was above or equal to the ITP sector averages for all three groups across all EPIs except student progression. Qualification completion and student retention showed strong gains for each priority group on 2012 rates, while course completion and student progression remained at similar levels.

Financial performanceTop

In 2013 WelTec had a net deficit of $2.8 million or (-5.3%), down $2.5 million on the 2012 result. This was primarily owing to a reduction in total revenue of $2.2 million (4.0%), which was not offset by expenditure savings. Also contributing to the deficit were non-operating expense items of $1.7 million, which relate to redundancy costs ($0.4 million), expenses relating to the Student First initiative ($0.5 million) and the impairment of joint venture investments ($0.9 million). Total expenditure remained relatively similar to the previous year at $53.1 million.

Associate entities had a significant impact during 2013, with net losses totalling $0.8 million. Total assets decreased by $2.7 million (3.1%) from 2012 to 2013, mainly as a result of the $1.6 million reduction in the value of investment in associate and jointly-controlled entities.

In light of the planned reduction of the WelTec-Whitireia combined council to eight members on 1 January 2014, one new Ministerial appointment was made (Dr Deborah Hume).

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2013 Performance WelTec ITP sector
Students under 25 63% 52%
Māori 17% 23%
Pasifika 11% 11%
Course Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance WelTec ITP sector
All 82% 80%
Students under 25 80% 78%
Māori 75% 75%
Pasifika 77% 73%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2013 Performance WelTec ITP sector
All 76% 73%
Students under 25 68% 66%
Māori 66% 65%
Pasifika 69% 59%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the WelTec region, 11% identified as Māori, 7% as Pasifika and 22% as under the age of 25 years (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2013 % of ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 4% 3,122 3,039 2,782
SAC Students 3% 4,988 4,547 3,988
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 6% - - 117
YG Students 5% - - 136
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2011 2012 2013
Successful Course Completion 80% 77% 82% 82%
Qualification Completion 73% 64% 71% 76%
Student Retention 64% 64% 67% 72%
Student Progression L1-4 36% 40% 38% 37%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector     2013
Successful Course Completion 70%     79%
Qualification Completion 60%     73%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2011 2012 2013
Revenue      
Total government revenue $32,278 $33,017 $28,537
Domestic student fees $10,704 $12,043 $11,663
International student fees $3,775 $5,095 $5,768
Other income (including research) $5,829 $4,793 $6,764
Total revenue $52,586 $54,948 $52,732
Expenses      
Personnel $29,882 $31,120 $30,658
Total expenses $50,756 $53,764 $53,066
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $2,765 -$315 -$2,798
Assets      
Property plant equipment and intangibles $60,640 $64,815 $65,672
Total Assets $87,703 $86,962 $84,305
Equity (net assets) $73,224 $72,770 $71,409
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $5,857 $5,633 $3,594
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $4,511 $9,514 $3,809
Other      
Staffing FTE 402 444 425
Total EFTS to Total Staff FTE ratio 12 : 1 10 : 1 10 : 1
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff FTE ratio (academic & tutorial) 23 : 1 20 : 1 18 : 1