Welcome to the first edition of our joint industry newsletter - Te Hononga.  The name has been developed by Ngāti Toa and Te Ātiawa and reflects our connection to you, our stakeholders.  We hope you enjoy reading the latest news from WelTec and Whitireia.
Whitireia and WelTec 2017 Prospectus 

Kia ora koutou

It has been an inspiring start to the year, formally welcoming new students onto our campuses in Wellington, Porirua, Petone, Kāpiti and Auckland.  For the first time we issued a joint prospectus outlining all the Whitireia and WelTec programmes.
The 2017 New Year’s Honours recognised many people associated with WelTec and Whitireia. Fran Wilde was acknowledged for services to government and the community with her appointment as Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.  We were pleased to see Fran’s role as a Councillor for Whitireia and WelTec included amongst her many achievements.
Gaylene Sciascia, who helped found Whitireia’s Performing Arts programmes in 1991, was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dance.  Phillip Mann, Tutor in the Whitireia Arts Faculty, was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and drama.  The Chair of WelTec’s Bachelor of Youth Development Industry Partnership Committee, John Harrington, was recognised with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to youth.

Compared to the same time last year, we are experiencing high demand from a number of areas including ICT (especially at degree level), construction, engineering and the built environment in disciplines such as architectural technology, and quantity surveying.  Nursing, paramedic and postgraduate health programmes are sought after.

We are seeing strong demand from industry for graduates with applied skills so it is encouraging that students are choosing to study in areas where there are many employment opportunities. More than 9,400 students (equating to more than 5,550 Equivalent Full-Time Students) have enrolled at WelTec or Whitireia to date.  There is significant interest in the Wellington Trades Academy (see story below) in particular as secondary/tertiary partnerships increase in popularity supported by Wellington secondary schools.
There have already been a number of key events held.  We welcomed new Porirua Mayor Mike Tana to the Whitireia Porirua campus.  Pictured below are Porirua Councillor Mike Duncan, Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford, His Worship Mike Tana, Chris Gosling and Taku Parai.

We acknowledged our 2017 Whitireia graduands at a ceremony in March and celebrated Falarazzi, the annual graduation for Whitireia Pacific students. WelTec graduation ceremonies were held 6 April at the Michael Fowler Centre. A joint graduation will be held for the first time in Auckland in May. We warmly congratulate all our graduands and wish them every success as they explore their future pathways.

The Wellington Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Consortium met this month and reviewed performance.  We appreciate the involvement of Iwi, Pasifika, employers, and ITOs.  If you are an employer and would like to be involved please contact us.  We feature one of our successful graduates in this edition.

With the strategic partnership between WelTec and Whitireia moving forward, staffing structures have been reshaped to ensure more alignment which will see benefits for students and employers across the Wellington region.  In doing so I am pleased to announce the following appointments.

  • Helen Gardiner - Director, Learner Pathways (this covers secondary tertiary partnerships, foundation studies and careers)
  • Neil McDonald - Head of School, Construction
  • Graham Carson - Head of School, Engineering
  • Gerry McCullough - Head of School, Information Technology
  • Mick Jays - Head of School, Business
  • Carmel Haggerty - Head of School, Health
  • Ben Shadbolt -  Head of School, Hospitality
  • Kendra Beri -  Head of School, Social Services (starting in the role 10 May)

I am also delighted to announce the appointment of Victoria Spackman to be the Director Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity, taking up this role in May 2017. In this issue of Te Hononga we feature both Victoria Spackman and Ben Shadbolt.  

As the year progresses please keep in touch. If we can help you with your training requirements for your workforce or if you require skilled graduates please contact me.

Chris Gosling
Chief Executive Whitireia and WelTec

Ben Shadbolt Head of Hospitality for WelTec and Whitireia

Ben Shadbolt Head of Hospitality

Ben Shadbolt was ten years old when he decided he wanted to become a chef. “I was dining at my uncle’s country club in the UK and I liked that the staff got a real buzz out of customer satisfaction,” he says.
Being a kitchen-hand, waiter, and hotel porter, while gaining his formal City and Guilds qualifications, Ben had one eye on the future and his first opportunity as a Sous Chef came for Ipswich Town Football Club in the eighties. As a 19 year old football fan, the chance to cater for top players in the sport was a rare opportunity and eventually progressed to senior roles at Resort St Pierre Park, Guernsey, and the Park Lane Hotel, Mayfair, London.
The appeal of a warmer climate lured Ben to New Zealand in 1988 with contracted roles for the Tourist Hotel Corporation, initially in Rotorua and Waitangi.   This evolved into executive roles at CDL Hotels now Millennium Hotels and Resorts in Christchurch, and Wellington’s West Plaza Hotel leading to engagement on the advisory board of Hutt Valley Polytechnic. In 2001, he came to WelTec as a chef tutor then Programme Leader for Cookery and Patisserie, and Food and Beverage Service in 2009.  The opening of the Hospitality campus in Wellington’s CBD in 2012 remains a significant milestone and one which Ben believes was a game-changer in opening up new learning opportunities for students, teachers and industry.
In 2016, Ben was instrumental in the WelTec School of Hospitality becoming a City and Guilds International Centre of Excellence Asia Pacific, one of only five awarded globally per year, and supported the progression of the International Culinary Colleges Competition from five competing international schools to eight.  Ben recognises we are training people for a global economy and it’s important they gain as much experience as possible along the way.  Our qualifications set people up to continue learning with skills that are marketable, transferable and long-lasting.
“Responding to community need is also important,” he acknowledges.   “There’s real interest in niche and artisan markets, and around produce and food knowledge. Over the last 12 months we’ve developed barista programmes, Chef for a Day sessions with secondary schools and short courses like the ‘Classes for Foodies’.” A stand-out for Ben is the collaboration with the Island Bay Butchery in the delivery of sausage-making classes.
Ben is a strong advocate for both the industry and the people who choose it. “Regionally, it’s very exciting to have a breadth of talent across Whitireia and WelTec. By constantly evolving content to be relevant, we can meet the emerging needs of industry and expose people to challenge and the opportunity to ‘have a go, and see how far they can go’.”

Victoria Spackman starts with Te Auaha in May  

Victoria Spackman to lead Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity

Recognised as one of New Zealand’s most influential business women and advocate for the creative arts sector, Victoria Spackman ONZM has been appointed to lead Te Auaha. Victoria, whose ONZM is for services to theatre, film and television, takes up the role of Director Te Auaha in May 2017 when she leaves her current role as CEO of the visitor experience, film and television production company Gibson Group.

Roger Sowry, Chair of WelTec and Whitireia, the institutions establishing Te Auaha which will open early 2018, says, “Victoria Spackman has the skills and experience to lead the formation of Te Auaha, establishing it as New Zealand’s Institute of Applied Creativity. She is very well placed to take up this leadership role particularly with her experience as a Chief Executive and Board member of Education NZ.”

“I’m incredibly excited to be part of this new venture and I can’t wait to meet the exceptionally talented staff and students who will form Te Auaha and work with them to realise its full potential,” says Victoria.  “Te Auaha will be a leading contributor to Wellington’s creative scene. It will match Te Papa and WOW as a major drawcard for students and visitors to Wellington. The campus will be incredibly vibrant with up to 1000 students and 100 staff on site. I’m looking forward to welcoming the public to performances, concerts and exhibitions in the galleries, studios and theatres under construction at Te Auaha. We’re going to invite the creative community to mix, mingle and exchange ideas with young talented creators at Te Auaha as our spaces are opened up to industry and the public.”

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New models of tertiary education

A look at the Productivity Commission’s final ‘New models of tertiary education’ report

In November 2015, the Government asked the Productivity Commission to investigate how responsive tertiary education providers are to future trends, such as technology and demand for skills, and consequently how the current model of tertiary education may need to change.

The final report ‘New models of tertiary education’ was released on 21 March 2017. The 500 page report has plenty of information, however, for those interested in a shorter read the overview provides a good summary. WelTec and Whitireia have been part of the discussion, making two submissions for both the initial Issues paper (24 February 2016) and the Draft Report (29 September 2016). Pleasingly, statements made by WelTec and Whitireia were quoted throughout the Final report. As this is an election year, it will be interesting to see which (if any) of the recommendations from this paper are picked up, and by which political parties.
One of the recommendations in the report that is relevant to ITPs is that learners should be able to complete courses without penalty, by removing the requirement that providers only enrol learners on the premise of completing a full qualification. It further recommends changes to how the TEC measures completions, so when a learner moves into work or transfers to another provider, the original provider’s performance is not penalised.
Of further note, is the recommendation to remove the Annual Maximum Fee Movement (the fee price regulation), replacing it with a policy that demands a regulated price for courses depending on their field of study and New Zealand Qualifications Framework level. Another interesting recommendation is for University Entrance to be abolished, as it reinforces the message that universities are the foremost tertiary pathway. This, along with the recommendation to improve career services in schools, could help promote vocational education as an equally good tertiary education pathway.
Dr Leanne Ivil Director Strategy, Performance and Improvement
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Tony Gan (WelTec Associate Head of School IT), Clement, Roxanne and Ian Hunter (Principal Lecturer IT WelTec)

ANZ presents awards to top WelTec Bachelor of Information Technology graduates

Craig Bunyan, General Manager Technology, ANZ, was the guest speaker at WelTec’s first graduation ceremony on 6 April.  Craig's focus was on the rapidly changing world of work and the need to have an ability to adapt. "The rate of change brings about enormous opportunity and I urge graduates to have a growth mind-set - to thrive on challenge and continue to grow." Referring to statistics which show only 25% of the ICT workforce are women, Craig noted this drives ANZ's proactive approach to supporting student awards, particularly ones that recognise the top achievement of women in ICT at WelTec.
Clement Campagna (Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in programming) received the ANZ award for Most Outstanding Information Technology Student commenting “WelTec is very hands-on and applied. The lecturers and tutors come from professional backgrounds so they know what industry is expecting.”

Roxanne Shirtcliffe (Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in programming and software engineering) was awarded the ANZ Top Woman in Information Technology. Roxanne (Roxy) is a new intern at ANZ. She says, “one of the key things I gained at WelTec was being able to interact with people at a technical level. I could talk to people who work in the industry and understand what they’re doing. We focused a lot on communication as part of the programme.”

Record number of scholarships celebrated

Whitireia Foundation Scholarships awarded

A record number of Whitireia Community Polytechnic students have received Whitireia Foundation Scholarships this year.  This diverse group of 50 students, studying across many of the subjects offered at Whitireia, were awarded scholarships provided by individuals, organisations and businesses from within the Wellington region, throughout New Zealand and, for the first time this year, Australia.

Foundation chair, Kelvin Irvine, said he was honoured to present so many scholarships and was confident the awards would support each student to succeed at Whitireia. “Being part of a Foundation that is growing, and makes a difference in supporting students, to be the best they can be, is heartening.”

In attendance at the scholarships award ceremony were Taku Parai, Pou Arahi and Ngāti Toa Rangatira Rūnanga Chairman, members of Ngāti Toa iwi, Mike Tana, Mayor of Porirua City, who presented the Porirua City Council award, Chris Gosling, Whitireia and WelTec Chief Executive, senior Whitireia management and staff, and Whitireia Foundation trustees.

Find out more about the Whitireia Foundation Scholarships.

Wellington Trades Academy students starting the year

Wellington Trades Academy proving popular

With over 330 applications for 246 places for the Wellington Trades Academy (WTA) 2017 has seen a big increase in demand for this secondary/tertiary partnership programme. 

“The staff at the Trades Academy are incredibly excited,” says Matt Renata who heads up the Academy. “We have more secondary schools than ever before sending their students to us for two days a week.  Students are travelling by train and bus from the Kāpiti Coast and Wairarapa joining other students from Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Porirua to study a range of programmes which include carpentry, sport and exercise science, early childhood education, creative technologies, automotive engineering, hairdressing and beauty, hospitality or general trades skills.”

The significant increase in demand for Trades Academy programmes indicates that growth going forward will be required. Accordingly, 2017 sees the reintroduction of Creative Technologies and the inclusion of Health Science.  The introduction of Business, IT and Tourism options has been discussed for potential future delivery and the Industry Partnership Committee (IPC) is looking at potential for growth in 2018 due to the region’s population size compared to other Trades Academies and their respective allocated places.
The introduction of the DualPathways (DP) pilot, while not Trades Academy, does create a pathway at L3 for L2 WTA students to continue on in a Secondary Tertiary Partnership programme in year 13. DP options will likely start mid-2017. For 2018, DP will allow for a smooth transition for L2 WTA students from into L3/4 DP programmes.

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Networking in the Learning Street, Wikitoria Katene

Whitireia Faculty of Health hosts regional mental health forum

The Faculty of Health hosted the Wellington Branch of Te Ao Māramatanga (New Zealand College of Mental Health and Addiction Nurses) for a one day regional forum.  The forum focussed on current best practice with a variety of speakers from local mental health and addiction services sharing their practice in Trauma Informed Care; Risk - A Quality Analysis Improvement; Primary Metal Health Care; Safe Practice Effective Communication; Sensory Modulation; Alcohol Related Brain Injury; Refugee Mental Health.
Health professionals from Primary Health, Corrections, Tertiary Institutions, Non-government Organisations and District Health Boards attended the forum. It was timed to ensure that thirty-three new graduate registered nurses from the Central Region District Health Boards were able to attend, providing an early opportunity for these new graduate nurses to engage with the professionals from the areas that they will be working in. These new graduates are enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing at Whitireia and have just commenced their Mental Health and Addiction nursing careers. 
The forum will potentially be held annually from now as part of the first theory week of the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. Carmel Haggerty, Head of School Health at Whitireia and Chair of the Wellington Branch of Te Ao Māramatanga said the event was an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, nurses and educators to engage together and strengthen the relation between Whitireia and mental health and addiction services in the region.

E Velocity students at Petone

E Velocity

 Wellington region high school students got the chance to design and build their own electric vehicles, thanks to a new programme launched on 6 March.
Rob McEwen, Executive Director of EVolocity, says the programme has a couple of key objectives. “It’s partly about opening young people’s eyes to the possibility of engineering careers. But it’s also about turning the next generation of drivers onto electric vehicles so that when they’re ready to buy their first car, they already understand how electric vehicles work and what their performance and environmental benefits are.”
EVolocity is supported in the Wellington region by major sponsors Wellington Electricity and WelTec.
Graham Carson, Head of Engineering at WelTec, says that EVolocity is a great example of project-based learning in schools, and that being a sponsor gives WelTec an opportunity to showcase their facilities and expertise to the participants and to get youth thinking about how exciting a future in engineering can be. “Today, with all of the health and safety regulations, a lot of engineering takes place behind closed doors and is not accessible to youth. EVolocity makes it both accessible and exciting,” says Carson.

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International delegation   

Vietnam interested in curriculum opportunities

WelTec has hosted a delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Society, Vietnam. The Ministry has responsibility for vocational training and apprenticeships in Vietnam, and the group included Rectors of Universities offering vocational programmes, and senior officials with oversight within their provinces for vocational training colleges.

The group, which was led by Truong Anh Dung, Deputy Director General, General Directorate of Vocational Training in the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Society, toured the School of Engineering and was interested in the profile and accomplishments of Vietnamese students studying at WelTec, the potential for twinning programmes and opportunities to share curriculum.

Innovative Young Minds programme launched 

Initiative encourages more diversity in IT

The launch of the Innovative Young Minds programme, a Rotary initiative encouraging secondary school girls into IT and technology, provided the opportunity to learn about a new technology-focused initiative and to hear the recently appointed Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Hon Paul Goldsmith, speak about science and technology (pictured above in centre of photo). 
Chris Gosling accompanied by other WelTec staff, His Worship Ray Wallace, Mayor of Hutt City (pictured above), IPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene, ICT companies, and secondary school principals and staff from the Hutt Valley, attended the event.  In early July, WelTec, along with other companies and CRIs, will host 40 secondary school girls who will participate in a week of ICT activities.

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Mark Francis Chef Tutor at WelTec with students

Hospitality study options expanding in Wellington

 WelTec’s internationally recognised School of Hospitality is expanding the range of programmes it offers following the success of a new Advanced Diploma in Cookery.

“For the first time last year, we offered a new Diploma in Cookery. The Diploma prepares people to work in commercial kitchens with a view to supervising or running their own. Students learn what it takes to be a Kitchen Supervisor; Sous Chef or Head Chef. With this qualification students can pick up a range roles to gain experience, not only in hotels, restaurants and catering companies, but also much more widely in our multifaceted industry,” says Ben Shadbolt Head of Hospitality.

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Azaria Felagai with Site Manager Darren Mead (left) and Site Supervisor Joe Witana (right) in front of the Hawkins building site Wellington

Whitireia graduate forges the way for young women in the building industry

More than 200 learners will be studying under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training at WelTec’s Petone campus and Whitireia’s Porirua campus this year, following the lead of graduates like Azaria Felagai.   Azaria has gone from carpentry training at Whitireia last year to working on projects for construction firm Hawkins. “It's pretty intense working in the industry, but I'm definitely in the right place.  At the moment I'm working on apartments in Roxburgh Street,” says Azaria. “Hawkins has also been moving me around lately so I get used to different parts of the business.”
Azaria studied the pre-trade Certificate in Carpentry qualification last year at Whitireia in Porirua. “We learned the basics of carpentry. It got us used to using the tools that I use now on the job,” she says. “I've learned so much right from my first day.  When my colleagues mention certain timbers or parts of the building I have a good understanding of what they're talking about.”
Azaria received a Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship which supported her financially as well as providing mentoring support. Matt Wilton, Hawkins Wellington Regional Manager, strongly endorses the Wellington Māori and Pasifika Trades Training programme. “It is providing a significant and much needed pipeline of talented women and men into our industry. Azaria is a wonderful addition to our team and we look forward to supporting her continued growth and development. More women should be looking at construction as a career opportunity particularly those that like working in teams and working with tools in an exciting industry with a lot of opportunities,” says Wilton.

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Dr Lisa Wong and Lisa Love at the Research Symposium

Research symposium celebrates diversity of polytechnic delivery

 A very successful Research Symposium was held on Friday 3 February attended by 150 delegates from Whitireia and WelTec, Open Polytechnic, Manukau Institute of Technology, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and other organisations such as Ako Aotearoa, NZ Council for Education Research and Massey University. 
The Research Symposium is further evidence of the strength of research and innovation in ITPs and showcases the beneficial ways applied research contributes to teaching and learning, well-being, business, industry, and society,” says Chris Gosling WelTec and Whitireia Chief Executive.

Paramedic Sean Thompson

The Rise and Rise of Paramedicine

Sean Thompson is an intensive care paramedic with Wellington Free Ambulance and a clinical lecturer on the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) programme at Whitireia.  He is also the New Zealand chairperson of Paramedics Australasia, the professional body representing paramedics, and he sits on the New Zealand Paramedic Registration Working Group.  Sean explains the emerging health profession of paramedics.
Medicine’s art is that of the detective – the investigation of the human mind and body. We gather facts and history. We collect pieces of evidence, working out their meaning. It is then our challenge to apprehend the culprit and arrest the perpetrator of the offence. In this field, the doctor is the undoubted specialist. The art and science of diagnosis and treatment is central to definitive patient care.  Meanwhile, out in the community, another provider of care is increasingly taking on work doctors may have traditionally assumed was theirs.  These clinicians are known for the noise of their approach and the speed of their response, but, for many, the tools of their art and the scope of their practice is unknown.
Paramedicine in New Zealand is developing at a rate unlike that of any other medical profession. Traditionally, the ambulance has responded to the emergency, providing first aid and stabilisation, before delivering to definitive hospital-level care. Today, paramedicine is increasingly crossing over into roles traditionally held by the emergency physician or GP.  Our paramedics are highly trained. They undergo ongoing professional development under the manage­ment of New Zealand’s two world-class ambulance services: St John and Wellington Free Ambulance where only degree-qualified applicants are now able to gain employment.  Let’s embrace these highly trained and capable clini­cians and welcome them as the medical professionals they clearly have become.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) is run by Whitireia in conjunction with Wellington Free Ambulance and approved by the Council of Ambulance Authorities and Paramedics Australasia for entry to paramedic practice in New Zealand and Australia.

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Kevin Broome

GM Commercial Appointed

Having recently been appointed as General Manager Commercial, Kevin Broome provides an insight into his background and the goals for his new role working across WelTec and Whitireia.

I graduated from Plymouth University in the mid 90s and whilst studying for my Bachelor of Science degree I was fortunate to be able to take advantage of a year-long work experience programme with a German engineering company. I vividly remember the struggle at the time to obtain the placement since the course was new and the University did not have any established industry links.  Nonetheless this work experience allowed me to not only work across a number of business departments, but it really gave me a chance to focus my final year of studies into the area of commerce and marketing. 

Some years later I have returned to the education sector and it is very refreshing to see that times have changed and WelTec and Whitireia are outwardly focused with regards to their industry ties and already have a number of established partnerships with local businesses. There are a number of successful programmes such as the Whitireia Foundation established to support students and I am eager that the commercial team can add to these types of programmes. 

Supporting students while they are studying makes great business sense as it’s been my experience that new graduates always provide fresh energy to business, bringing new ideas and questioning existing processes. The aim for the commercial team will be focused on developing new revenue streams for both WelTec and Whitireia through sponsorship, licensing, grants and funding. My role will look to strengthen the existing business partnerships, obtain new opportunities and provide key stakeholder management where appropriate. I want the team to provide a growth platform with industry whether that is investment, funding, training or providing scholarships/internships to enable students to build on their academic achievements with work place experience and allow them to apply their skills to real-world situations. 

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