Industry engagement activities

Industry engagement activities are a way for businesses and community groups from the main industries in the Waikato region to get together with Wintec and talk about key industry trends, issues, and direction. They ensure that our products are developed, delivered, and adapted to meet industry and community needs, so that we can create graduates who are highly sought after by employers.

Industry engagement activities can take many forms, depending on the industries and disciplines concerned. They can be regular meetings like formal employer partnership groups and less formal advisory groups, or they can be industry forums, interviews, workshops and networking. For details, please see definitions section below.

Definitions

Employer partnership groups

Purpose: 
  • To provide industry oversight (trends, local/national/international developments, etc.) and input into the development and delivery of programmes of study. 
  • Assist Wintec with its business and strategic planning activities.  
Suitable for: 
  • When a discipline, Wintec programme, or industry has a related professional body or association that requires formal consultation.  
  • When required by the Centre Director or Head of School  
Meeting frequency

Employer partnership groups (EPGs) meet 3-4 times per year and have at least one industry event where members are invited to attend.  

Characteristics: 
  • EPGs are self-managing groups with a formal structure, set rules, agendas, meeting minutes, etc. 
  • Comprised of up to 10 industry representatives (selected for one year terms), in addition to Wintec Team Managers, Programme Coordinators, Product Managers and/or Centre Director or Head of School. 
  • The chair is elected annually by members from a member of the industry (as opposed to a Wintec staff member).  
  • Members must declare any conflicts of interest at the start of any formal meeting.  
  • Wintec staff have no voting rights. 
  • The quorum is met when more than half the industry members are present. 
  • Minutes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • The Centre/School provides administrative support to the Chair. 
  • EPGs develop an annual work plan for EPG activities. 
  • The chair produces a report for the Centre Director or Head of School annually. 
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School report back to the EPG on actions taken in response to EPG discussions and their effects. 
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School provide an annual report to the Dean about formal industry engagement activities, key insights and actions taken as a consequence.    

Advisory groups

Purpose:
  • To provide industry oversight (trends, local/national/international developments, etc.) and input into the development and delivery of programmes of study. 
  • Assist Wintec with its business and strategic planning activities.
Suitable for:
  • When a discipline, Wintec programme, or industry does not require a formal EPG.  
  • A good alternative to a formal EPG particularly in industries where it is difficult achieving a quorum or effective engagement.  
  • When required by the Centre Director or Head of School
Meeting frequency

Advisory Groups meet 2-4 times per year and have at least one industry event where members are invited to attend.  

Characteristics: 
  • Advisory Groups are managed by Wintec and chaired by the Centre Director or delegate.  
  • No quorum required.  
  • Rules, agendas, meeting minutes, etc. are prepared by Wintec. 
  • Membership is informal. Industry members and Wintec staff are invited to advisory group meetings by the Centre Director.  
  • Consistency is important and therefore it is envisioned that members participate over 2 or more years, but the Centre Director can invite new members as they seem fit.  
  • Usually more than 10 industry members are invited to advisory group meetings to ensure effective meetings. 
  • Members must declare any conflicts of interest at the start of any formal meeting.  
  • Minutes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School report back to the Advisory Group on actions taken in response to Advisory Group discussions and their effects.    
  • Advisory Groups develop an annual work plan for their activities. 
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School provide an annual report to the Dean about formal industry engagement activities, key insights and actions taken as a consequence. 

Industry forums

Purpose: 
  • To discuss with a large group of industry experts topical issues related to the industry or discipline. 
  • To gather industry insights from a large group of industry experts about trends, local/national/international developments, etc. and input into the development and delivery of Wintec’s programmes of study. 
  • To gather industry insights from a large group of industry experts for use in Wintec’s business and strategic planning activities.  
Suitable for: 
  • On occasion for specific purposes, for instance the development of a new qualification, promotion of industry collaboration, promotion of products or for general industry engagement. 
  • As an alternative to advisory groups if the characteristics of the industry or the subject make larger group engagement more effective.  
  • When required by the Centre Director or Head of School  
Meeting frequency

Forums can be one-off events. If they are used as an alternative to an advisory group or EPG, there should be 2-4 forums per year.  

Characteristics: 
  • Forums are managed by Wintec or in collaboration with industry.  
  • Notes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School report back to industry on actions taken in response to forum discussions and their effects.    
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School provide an annual report to the Dean about formal industry engagement activities, key insights and actions taken as a consequence. 

Industry engagement interviews

Purpose: 
  • To discuss topical issues related to the industry or discipline.
  • To gather industry insights about trends, local/national/international developments, etc. and input into the development and delivery of Wintec’s programmes of study.
  • To gather industry insights for use in Wintec’s business and strategic planning activities.  
Suitable for
Targeted information gathering as above. Individual or group interviews with selected industry representatives to gain insight and guidance regarding industry trends, needs and the development and delivery of Wintec’s programmes and business and strategic planning.  

Meeting frequency
As and when required.  

Characteristics: 
  • Interviews with industry are organised by Wintec. 
  • Notes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School feed back to interviewees as required.  


Industry engagement workshops

Purpose: 

Workshops with a number of selected industry representatives to work out specific solutions to issues regarding development and delivery of Wintec’s programmes and business and strategic planning. 
To discuss with a small group of industry experts topical issues related to the industry or discipline. 
To gather industry insights from a small group of industry experts about trends, local/national/international developments, etc. and input into the development and delivery of Wintec’s programmes of study. 
To gather industry insights from a small group of industry experts for use in Wintec’s business and strategic planning activities.  

Suitable for: 
  • On occasion for specific purposes, for instance the development of a new qualification, promotion of industry collaboration, promotion of products or for general industry engagement. 
  • When required by the Centre Director or Head of School.

Meeting frequency

Workshops can be one-off events.  

Characteristics: 

  • Workshops are managed by Wintec or in collaboration with industry.  
  • Notes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School report back to industry on actions taken in response to workshops discussions and their effects.   

Industry engagement networking events

Purpose

Topical events bringing together industry experts and Wintec staff to build their personal networks and to discuss industry trends or topical issues.  

Suitable for: 

  • On occasion for specific purposes, for instance the development of a new qualification, promotion of industry collaboration, promotion of products or for general industry engagement.
  • When required by the Centre Director or Head of School  

Meeting frequency

Networking events can be one-off events.  

Characteristics: 

  • Networking events are managed by Wintec or in collaboration with industry.  
  • Notes are taken by Wintec staff and reported back to Programme Committees and the Dean.  
  • Centre Directors or Heads of School report back to industry on actions taken in response to workshops discussions and their effects.    

Contact us

If you have any questions or comments about our industry engagement activities, we're keen to hear from you. 

Please contact our industry engagement director, Klaus Reiter, at Klaus.Reiter@wintec.ac.nzor phone 07 858 7588.