Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Wellington Institute of Technology

Chair: 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
0.5% Capability
Research
 Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
11.6% Level 1–2
38.9% Level 3–4
25.7% Level 5–6
23.7% Level 7–8
 Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
16.4% Society and Culture
16.0% Engineering and Related Technologies
14.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
13.4% Architecture and Building
12.0% Management and Commerce
27.7% Other
Delivery By Subject

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) was above the ITP sector average on most educational performance measures in 2011. WelTec’s financial performance met or exceeded the TEC’s guidelines.

Responsiveness

In 2011, following a public consultation process with key stakeholders, the councils of WelTec and Whitireia Community Polytechnic decided (with agreement from the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment) to combine the institutions’ councils. The combined council will allow both institutions to explore the benefits of collaboration and a shared strategy, and aims to improve the quality, accessibility, and diversity of the tertiary education offered to students in the greater Wellington region.

In 2011 WelTec began the construction of a centre for cuisine and hospitality excellence. This is a joint initiative between WelTec’s award-winning School of Hospitality, the internationally renowned Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute, and the Universal College of Learning. The centre will offer WelTec’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management and the Graduate Diploma in Event Management and Training at all levels of employment across the hospitality sector. Construction was expected to be completed in 2012. Also in 2011, WelTec created new cadetships with several organisations, including NEC Corporation and Industrial Research Limited.

In 2011, 39 percent of WelTec’s enrolments were at Levels 3–4, with 49 percent at Levels 5–8. The largest fields of study were Engineering and Related Technologies (16%), Society and Culture (16%), and Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (15%). WelTec’s students were predominantly under 25 years of age, and students’ ethnic demography was similar to the region itself. Pasifika student participation at WelTec was comparable to the ITP sector average (10%).

Weltec met the majority of the targets outlined in its Statement of Service Performance.

Effectiveness

In 2011 the effectiveness of WelTec’s education delivery was evidenced by performance above ITP sector averages on three of the four educational performance indicators: qualification completion, student retention and student progression. Course completion rates improved from 2010 by two percentage points, but were still below the ITP sector average.

In 2011 the performance of TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and students aged under 25) at WelTec was comparable to the ITP sector averages on most measures, except for Pasifika students which were slightly below.

WelTec underwent an external evaluation and review with NZQA in 2011. It received a ‘highly confident’ rating for its educational performance and a ‘confident’ rating for the methods and processes that it uses to continuously self-assess.

Capability

In 2011 the WelTec council re-assessed the capability of its membership following the reconstitution of ITP councils, which had restricted council-appointed members to an initial term of one year. The assessment resulted in the WelTec council deciding to retain its existing members.

In 2011 WelTec reported a net surplus of 5.3 percent ($2.8 million), down on the 5.7 percent result achieved in 2010. WelTec's total revenue decreased by 1.4 percent ($0.8 million) from 2010 to 2011, including a $1.3 million (3.9%) fall in total government revenue, which in turn was offset by a reduction in expenses.

Weltec's capital expenditure is expected to average around $8 million annually over the next ten years. Most of this is to replace and refurbish existing assets, with smaller amounts to meet changing demand and improve functionality.

TES Priorities

Participation
2011 Performance Weltec ITP sector 
Students under 25 62% 51%
Māori 18% 21%
Pasifika 10% 10%
Course Completion
2011 Performance  Weltec ITP sector 
All  77% 78%
Students under 25 75% 76%
Māori 69% 70%
Pasifika 66% 71%
Qualification Completion
2011 Performance  Weltec ITP sector 
All 64% 63%
Students under 25 57% 57%
Māori 54% 54%
Pasifika 48% 52%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the Weltec region, 12% were identified as Māori,8% as Pasifika, and 15% as under the age of 25 years. (Based on Statistics NZ 2011 population projections)
Overview of Educational Performance – Formal SAC Funded EFTS only
Enrolments 2009 2010 2011 % of ITP sector
EFTS 2,871 2,905 3,122 5%
Students 4,762 4,786 4,988 4%
Educational Performance Indicators 2009 2010 2011 ITP sector
Successful Course Completion 67% 75% 77% 78%
Qualification Completion 57% 64% 64% 63%
Student Retention 51% 61% 64% 49%
Student Progression L1-4 37% 39% 40% 29%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Key Performance Metrics 2009 2010 2011 TEC Minimum Guidelines
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) 7.6% 5.7% 5.3% 3.0%
Net cashflow from operations 125.5% 122.0% 112.8% 111.0%
Liquid funds 29.5% 33.5% 35.5% 8.0%
3-yr average return on property, plant equipment and intangibles 13.9% 13.7% 13.6% 4.5%
Summary Financial Statements ($000) 2009 2010 2011 % of 2011 category
Revenue        
Total government revenue $32,431 $33,581 $32,278 61%
Domestic student fees $9,256 $9,491 $10,704 20%
International student fees $4,245 $3,963 $3,775 7%
Other income (including research) $3,359 $6,310 $5,829 11%
Total revenue $49,291 $53,345 $52,586 100%
Expenses        
Personnel $25,952 $28,290 $29,882 60%
Total expenses $44,736 $50,279 $49,821 100%
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,747 $3,066 $2,765  
Assets        
Property, plant equipment and intangibles $59,493 $59,781 $61,256 70%
Total Assets $77,378 $84,290 $87,703 100%
Equity (net assets) $64,099 $68,642 $73,224  
Cashflow        
Net cashflow from operations $10,346 $9,501 $5,857  
Purchase of plant property equipment and intangibles $8,588 $4,296 $4,511  
Other        
Staffing FTE 372 397 402  
Total EFTS to Total staff ratio 12:1 11:1 12:1  
Total EFTS to Teaching Staff ratio (academic & tutorial) 24:1 22:1 23:1