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COVID-19 information and updates

Wintec is operating at Alert Level 1. At Alert Level 1 it is considered COVID-19 is contained in New Zealand but we need to be ready in case it reappears in our community. 

Below you can find our latest COVID-19 news and communications, frequently asked questions and additional resources to support you and your whānau during these unprecedented times.

We are here for you and the wider Wintec community and will continue to update you with information during this time through the Wintec website, student emails and on our Facebook pages. Additionally, you can contact us by email and phone during business hours, from Monday to Friday.

Check in to Wintec

To help keep everyone safe, all students, staff and visitors must check in using the NZ COVID Tracer App when you are on any of the Wintec campuses. Find more information and instructions here.

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Financial help for students

Students experiencing unexpected financial hardship affecting their study can apply for the Manaaki Financial Support Grant. Find information on this plus StudyLink, scholarships and free courses here.

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Wintec Updates

You can access all Wintec COVID-19 updates here for students and our community, including past and present communications.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a question? Check out our frequently asked questions and answers here.

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Unite against COVID-19

For government updates, resources and guidance, check out the New Zealand's dedicated COVID-19 site.

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StudyLink

Financial support is available for eligible students. Please check with StudyLink for information on this and your student loan or allowance.

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Looking after your health and wellbeing

You can find the full range of Wintec Support Services here and on our frequently asked questions page. We understand this may be a stressful time, and below are some additional tools and resources you may like to access.

External help

If you need help dealing with feelings of isolation or stress, please check out the Mental Health Foundation website. Here you will find a large range of information and resources to support you.

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Wintec Health Services

Find out what Wintec Health Services are available throughout this time and how to access them. In addition to counselling services, our wellbeing support provider, Benestar, is also available at this time.

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‘Need to Talk’

If at any time you wish to speak to someone you can free call or text 1737 to talk to a trained counsellor for free.

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Healthline

Healthline has set up a dedicated number specifically for COVID-19 related calls. Phone 0800 358 5453 or international +64 9 358 5453.

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Do you need help?

If you have additional questions or need help, please contact us by email or phone 0800 2 Wintec (0800 294 6832).

You can also read the Wintec Temporary Policy Amendments for information on our academic response to critical incidents.

News

Why micro-credentials are good news for lenders and car buyers

New micro credentials are good news for lenders and car buyers

Wintec has developed a series of micro-credentials to formally recognise skills and encourage best practice for personal lending, particularly within the automotive industry.

The new micro-credentials (short courses) were created in partnership with automotive and personal lending industry partners, to provide an industry-specific qualifications framework.

Executive Director Products and Planning at Wintec, Warwick Pitts says the new qualifications respond to a highly professional market with a need for formal recognition and flexible study options.

“We’ve consulted widely with industry partners on the provision of training options for people in personal lending, specifically within the automotive sector. They responded with a lot of high-quality feedback driven by a genuine desire to do the right thing by the customer.

 “For many people working in the industry, these qualifications will be the first step in gaining formal recognition.”

The three new courses, Personal Lending Skills (Automotive Industry), Contractual Requirements (Automotive Industry) and Legal Context (Personal Lending) are targeted to adults who are currently in work and may be new to tertiary education. Learning is 100 percent online with scheduled support from a facilitator – so study can fit around work, location and lifestyle.

The Financial Services Federation (FSF) represents responsible finance and leasing companies and credit-related insurance providers.  Executive Director, Lyn McMorran says that as many FSF members provide finance and insurance products for the purchase of motor vehicles via their dealer networks, they were pleased to partner with Wintec in the development and provision of the new micro-credentials.

“These courses build on the training our members provide to their networks to ensure their products are provided responsibly and the customer receives the best possible outcome. The new qualifications will raise the levels of professionalism within the industry by ensuring a greater understanding of responsible lending practices and they provide a stepping stone for people wishing to build their careers in the finance and insurance industry.”

There are currently no formal licensing requirements in New Zealand for the provision of finance products and insurance.

Enrolment is open now for two new micro-credentials Contractual Requirements (Automotive Industry) and Legal Context (Personal Lending) due to start on 28 September. A third course, introduced in July this year, Personal Lending Skills (Automotive Industry) will reopen in February 2021.  Learners can opt for all three or a selection, depending on the skills they need.

Micro-credentials are small, stand-alone qualifications, approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), that certify skills and knowledge in a specific area. They are for people who want to upskill or get credit for skills they already have.

For adult learners wanting to upskill or qualify,  Wintec also offers a range of training opportunities through short courses,  Professional Programmes for workplaces and postgraduate and master’s programmes that can take into account workplace experience as equivalent to a degree.


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