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2019 Highlights & Seasons Greetings

It's been a busy and exciting year for WECA and we were glad to share a summary of the highlights with those of you who attended the recent AGM. These are also outlined below.

On behalf of the WECA Team and Board, we'd like to wish you a splendid Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

We look forward to working with you in 2020 to foster a vibrant and sustainable sector by attracting and developing engineers for the future.

All the best, Mary, Sally and Levinia
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2019 Chair's Report
Welcoming new Chair
New Members & Affiliates
2019 Activities
Mana in Mahi

EVolocity Waikato
2019 Events
Lobbying and Advocacy
Looking to 2020
            Levinia Paku                            Mary Jensen                          Sally Birch
Thanks to our sponsors

WECA Chair Report 2019 - Dave Stuart (Stafford Engineering)

WECA has finished 2019 on a strong note with a number of new members recently joining, a good finish to the Evolocity project, and Mana in Mahi starting to gain momentum. The importance is greater than ever to create good quality work opportunities and create pathways for youth, from work experience, apprenticeships, and cadetships into jobs, this has been widely recognised in engineering circles as we've worked together to address skills shortages and continue to "grow our own" workforce. 
As competition builds to attract good young people into our industry WECA is determined to play our part to attract and transition young people from education into industry which has always been a priority for WECA and its members. 
There have been a number of successful events throughout the year but again one of the highlights of the year has been the Evolocity project. Thank you to Levinia as you have been heavily involved in organising another successful competition including the project launch, school visits, the group build days, and competition day .The Evolocity project is well aligned to WECA and we’ve found it to be a good platform to showcase engineering on competition day at the Hamilton Kart Sport track. 
Evolocity Waikato 2019
This year WECA has been operating a separate bank account and we have been managing our finances through Xero which has been working very well. The board can now get an up to date view of financial position at each meeting.

The team of Mary, Sally and Levinia have again this year done a great job for WECA, their efforts have played a large part in the continued success of WECA. Thank you for your good work with limited resources, this is very much appreciated by the WECA board. There have been a number of well supported and interesting member events and industry visits over the year. Thank you to the host companies for your efforts and for opening up your businesses to us all, it’s a pleasure to all attending.

Succession planning is an important part of WECA and it’s pleasing to see new people able to join the board. Going into 2020 I will not be standing for board re-election but hope to still in some way be involved with the success of WECA. I’ve very much enjoyed my time on the board and as Chairman and I’ve met a lot of great people along the way .

It’s clear that we have something very special here in WECA that other regions around New Zealand would be very pleased to have as their own, I’m sure we’ll continue to build on what we have, building better relationships between education and industry and developing our young talent into great engineers while promoting engineering as a great career. 

In closing, I would like to thank Wintec for their continued support and hosting our board meetings and the AGM, the rest of the board, Mary, Sally, and Levinia, WECA sponsors and everyone who has contributed to the success of WECA over the last year. 

Dave Stuart
WECA Chair

New WECA Board Chair for 2020

Dave is stepping down as WECA Chair for 2020 and will remain on the board. Thank you Dave for your ongoing valued contribution and encouragement over the years. We are pleased to welcome trustee Keith Fraser (PACT Group Holdings / ALTO), right, to the Chair's seat, and look forward to seeing what 2020 brings under his leadership.

Keith (BMS, Strategic Management and Leadership) has been with PACT Group for more than nine years in an HR capacity, and currently is the GM of Human Resources for the group throughout New Zealand. 

WECA Highlights for 2019

New Members and Affiliates:
Manager and Co-ordinator duties undertaken as listed:
o    Part time roles
o    9 newsletters per annum
o    Bi-monthly board meetings
o    Member event management 
o    EVolocity coordination
o    Lobbying on behalf of members

o    Handling enquiries from potential employees and employers
o    Social media development

o    Attended Wintec Trades and Diploma Employer Partnership Group meetings plus University of Waikato’s industry advisory group, Waikato Labour Market Strategy Group, Connect Waikato
o    Careers Expos and evenings
o    Membership/sponsorship drive and subs coordination
o    Website management and promo development
o    Media releases
o    Mana in Mahi contract with MSD
Mana in Mahi:
WECA secured a Mana in Mahi contract with MSD to provide a service to WECA members to help them find suitable currently unemployed young people to take on Government subsidised workers, and provide follow up support for 12 months.
  • Contract began in May
  • 10 placements by June 2020
  • 4 placed by end of 2019, 1 in early Jan
Find out more here.
"Before Mana in Mahi I felt quite lost... now I am the most motivated, confident and inspired I have ever been. This is exactly what I needed. It's not just a job... it's a career."

Denzel (Schick)

EVolocity Waikato
Electric Vehicle Competition 2019:
Thanks to WECA members for their support of EVolocity this year!
o    18 schools took part, with 15 going on to compete in Regional Finals
o    32 teams 
o    Hundreds of people at Regional Finals
o    EVolocity Nationals held in Hamilton, 19 teams to represent Waikato
o    Excellent media coverage (newspaper, digital media, social media, radio)
EVolocity events:
o    Wintec launch
o    Employer engagement
o    School visits
o    3 Build Days 
o    1 Scrutineering Day
o    Regional Final (KartSport)
Overall Best Performance – Bike:
Waikato Diocesan School for Girls 

Overall Best Performance – Cart (picture right):   
St John’s College (The Trike)

St John’s College (Hamilton) TOP NZ EVOLOCITY TEAM
at 2019 National Finals! CONGRATS!!

Steve Andrew (St John's) was awarded the Chris Swallow Memorial Trophy for Outstanding contribution to EVolocity. Steve has been an ambassador for EVolocity in the Waikato since its inception in 2015/2016. He has also supported and encouraged technology teachers to implement it into their curriculum.

Well done Steve!

Careers Events: Thank you to WECA members for your support of these:
o    Rototuna School Careers Expo
o    Waikato Careers Expo
o    Got a Trade, Got it Made Speed Meet n' Greet – Hamilton Boys High School

Tertiary Education Events:
o    UoW Engineering Design Show
o    Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE) Conference.  Levinia presented a conference paper Attracting Future Engineers through Practical and Collaborative Initiatives in December 2018 at University of Waikato.
Member Events:
o    Hamilton Electric Vehicles Events x 2
o    Engineering in Action 2019 (co-hosted with Wintec).
o    AGM (hosted by Wintec)
o    Cross Sector Collaboration with Cultivate IT at Waikato Innovation Park.
o    EVolocity Waikato events (as above)
WECA FutureForce° Media partnership:
  • Strong engineering section
  • Included revised Engineering Pathways poster
  • 500 free copies with WECA sticker, for use at WECA events
  • 8th volume
  • Distributed free to 13,000 secondary school students
  • A selection of WECA members profiled on new FutureForce® website
Thanks to the supporters of FutureForce° 2019/2020, who receive special WECA rate:
ALTO, CAL Isuzu, Foster Group, The Electrical Training Company, Tidd Ross Todd,
Mainline, DEC International,  Pentair, Stafford Engineering, Supreme
Sheetmetals, Wilkinson Transport Engineers, Wintec, University of Waikato.
•    Lobbied with Ministry of Immigration in an attempt to fast-track immigration applications for WECA members.
•    Canvased WECA members and incorporated feedback from 12 members in a submission to the Tertiary Education Commission for the Review of Vocational Education (ROVE).

WECA represented at:

  • University and Wintec industry advisory groups
  • Waikato Labour Market Strategy Group
  • CONNECT Waikato
  • Waikato Plan
  • Te Waka sector project reference group

Strategic alliances

  • Cultivate IT inaugural networking event
  •  Engineering dinner panel Engineering NZ
  • MSD: Mana in Mahi contract
Looking to 2020:
Strategic alliances
  • WECA will look to work alongside Te Waka and potentially EMA and EngineeringNZ to develop a Labour Market Strategy for Manufacturing and Engineering involving developing and attracting talented staff.
  • WECA will continue to pursue collaborative events and activities with the Digital sector through Waikato’s Cultivate IT
  • WECA will build on the Technology Teachers research conducted in 2016 alongside the Ministry of Education to ensure that there is a robust succession and training plan in place in order to continue to have a strong cohort of Technology teachers in place in secondary schools into the future
Mana in Mahi
  • Continue to build on this worthwhile programme
  • Tendering to Ministry of Education to run Waikato Engineering Career Expo/Roadshow event/s
  • Digital Youth Strategy (Social Media) 
  • New promotional material
  • Membership/Sponsorship 

A word from WECA Sponsors...

Hamilton Electric Vehicles are proud to be the only EV, dedicated electric vehicle showroom in Hamilton and supporting Waikato towns.
Delivering competitive pricing, unmatched service and support packages with every EV investment. We have the vehicles, from around town city cars, to family cars, motorbikes, scooters and Segways........ if it’s an electric vehicle we have them either in the showroom or in transit. Pop in to our huge air-conditioned showroom for a chat, enjoy our customer lounge area for a hot or cold beverage. Book our function / education space for your group or business meeting and enjoy the ambiance that Hamilton Electric Vehicles offers.
Pop in and see us at 6 Rawhiti St, Frankton, Hamilton!
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A word from ETCO...

The Electrical Training Company (Etco) is New Zealand’s leading training provider for the electrical industry. Since 1991 we have helped thousands of apprentices and students into rewarding and successful careers. 

Etco apprentices undertake a combination of on-the-job training, with host companies, and off-the-job training, including block courses and night classes. We employ apprentices throughout their training, placing them with host companies in placements that ensure they gain skills and experience in a variety of domestic, commercial and industrial settings.

We provide training at 35 locations country-wide. This includes our new state-of-the-art training centre in Hamilton, equipped with the most modern learning technology and systems.

Hosts pay one simple weekly charge for the hours an apprentice has worked. Etco covers all trainings costs, and supplies a start-up tool kit and PPE, all of which means Etco reduces costs, risk and stress for host companies.  Apprentices undergo a 12-day residential induction, including site safe training, before beginning placements. We cover all leave, public holidays and ACC and KiwiSaver contributions

We also take care of all assessments and provide structured HR, pastoral care and study support. Etco apprentices lead the field in national examinations and competitions. 

Our stakeholders include schools, parents, electrical companies and contractors, partners, sponsors and government. We work with schools to promote the career pathways available to high-achieving school-leavers, and with businesses to provide them with high calibre apprentices and meet their apprentice training needs. 

Through sharing information, receiving feedback and consultation, we secure the best candidates, ensure work placements are available and deliver the highest standards of training to prepare apprentices to make a positive contribution to the industry.

Thanks to our sponsors:
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