Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Wellington Institute of Technology

Chair: Hon Roger Sowry
Chief Executive: Dr Linda Sissons (Chris Gosling from May 2015)
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
99.4%Teaching and Learning
0.0%Capability
0.6%Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
5.8% Level 1–2
40.8% Level 3–4
23.9% Level 5–6
29.5% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
15.9% Engineering and Related Technologies
15.5% Society and Culture
15.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
13.4% Architecture and Building
13.2% Information Technology
27.0% Other
Delivery By Subject

In 2014, Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) continued its strong educational performance and improved its financial performance.

Responsiveness

In the 2014 annual report, Chair Roger Sowry and Chief Executive Dr Linda Sissons highlighted several of WelTec’s achievements. These included the announcement of the Joint Centre of Excellence for Creative Technologies and Arts in central Wellington with Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Whitireia), the newly built Wellington Regional School of Construction and the refurbishment of the Wellington School of Engineering. In addition, Mr Sowry and Dr Sissons noted the significant achievements WelTec and Whitireia had accomplished since forming a combined council.

WelTec entered into a new government-funded initiative for Māori and Pasifika trades training in partnership with Whitireia and local Iwi, Pasifika churches, the Industry Training Federation and major employers. A significant campaign was also launched to attract engineering students and improve capabilities and technology, such as the use of online education tools that ensure WelTec’s programmes reach across the country regardless of people’s physical location.

In November 2014, the decision was made to recruit a single chief executive to lead both institutions.

WelTec’s enrolments decreased by 4 percent (103 EFTS) on 2013. This reduction occurred mainly at Levels 2 and 4 and Levels 5–6. The bulk of WelTec’s delivery remained at Levels 3–4 (41%), Levels 7–8 (30%) and Levels 5–6 (24%), with provision concentrated in Engineering and Related Technologies (16%), Society and Culture (16%), Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (15%) and Architecture and Building (13%).

Participation was above the ITP sector average for under-25-year-olds and Pasifika but below for Māori. Participation for each of these groups increased slightly on 2013 and was above the regional demographic. WelTec had 365 full-fee paying international EFTS (557 students) and 151 YG EFTS (209 students) in 2014.

EffectivenessTop

WelTec’s educational performance remained similar to 2013 and was above the ITP sector average for all of the EPIs apart from progression, which dropped below the average.

Performance of the TES priority groups (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 and Pasifika qualification completions, which dropped slightly below the sector average. Performance for Māori improved on the previous year for all measures, with the exception of student progression. Under-25-year-olds remained similar to 2013, while Pasifika performance dropped for all measures except student retention, which increased.

Educational performance of YG students dropped for all measures apart from student progression, which saw a slight increase. Performance was, however, above the ITP sector averages for all measures, with the exception of progression. YG performance exceeded almost all TEC’s minimum performance expectations for EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, WelTec achieved a net surplus of $0.4 million (0.8%), an improvement of $3.2 million (115.8%) over the 2013 net deficit of $2.8 million (–5.3%). This was driven by movements in the non-operating expenditure and share of jointly controlled entities losses.

Despite a reduction in total student fees of $1 million, WelTec’s total revenue increased by $2.6 million (5.0%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in other revenue of $2.5 million and in other teaching revenue of $0.8 million. Total expenditure increased by $1 million (1.9%), mainly due to increasing administration costs of $0.6 million (10.0%) and an increase in infrastructure costs of $1.8 million (27.7%), driven by increased insurance and operating lease costs.

Total assets have increased by $5 million (5.9%) between 2013 and 2014 to $89.3 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance WelTec ITP sector
Students under 25 63% 51%
Māori 19% 24%
Pasifika 11% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance WelTec ITP sector
All 81% 80%
Students under 25 79% 79%
Māori 78% 74%
Pasifika 75% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance WelTec ITP sector
All 76% 73%
Students under 25 68% 67%
Māori 70% 64%
Pasifika 62% 65%
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 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 4% 3,039 2,782 2,679
SAC Students 3% 4,547 3,988 3,890
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 6% - 117 151
YG Students 6% - 136 209
International full fee paying students EFTS 4% 347 370 365
International full fee paying students 4% 481 523 557
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 82% 82% 81%
Qualification Completion 73% 71% 76% 76%
Student Retention 66% 67% 72% 76%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 38% 37% 31%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 79% 76%
Qualification Completion 65% - 73% 66%
Student Retention 68% - - 73%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 35%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $30,229 $28,537 $28,783
Domestic student fees $12,043 $11,663 $10,866
International student fees $5,095 $5,768 $5,664
Total revenue $54,948 $52,732 $55,357
Expenses      
Personnel $31,034 $30,761 $30,928
Total expenses $53,764 $53,066 $54,064
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) ($315) ($2,798) $441
Assets      
Total Assets $86,962 $84,305 $89,278
Equity (net assets) $72,770 $71,409 $72,963
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $5,633 $3,594 $7,991
Other      
Staffing FTE 444 425 427
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 9.9:1 9.9:1 9.6:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 20.0:1 18.5:1 19.0:1