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Your future,
in your hands

Do you know what mahi you'd like to do?

No, I’m not sure

Find ideas for learning programmes and jobs that match what you’re good at and what you like.

Find ideas for jobs and programmes

Yes, I have a plan

Find the learning programme options that best fit how and where you learn best – on campus, online, or on the job.

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What is vocational learning?

Vocational learning takes learning out of the class and into the real world. The goal is to help you get more than just qualifications. It’s about getting you exactly the skills and knowledge you need to walk into a great job and give back to your whānau and community.

  • Start earning fast: Learn the skills you need to find well-paid mahi.
  • Learning that fits you: Choose the programme that fits your life – on campus, online or on the job.
  • Walk into work: Employers all over Āotearoa need skilled people and are ready to hire.
  • Make your mark: Whatever the job, your work will be incredibly important to our country’s future.

Learning that fits you

Whether you want to get ahead in your job or find a new one, vocational training can fit around your life and let you learn at your pace.

You’ll learn on-the-job, get paid and get qualified as you go.

There are lots of programmes that are free right now. Find out more about the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund and check out the list of eligible programmes and qualifications. Then go to our programme search and find a provider to get you started.

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If you want to get ahead in your job, you can earn qualifications as part of your day-to-day work.

Check out programmes in your industry with our programme search or talk to your industry ITO about what’s available. Don’t forget to ask your employer if they’ll support you on your learning journey with time to study, providing you new challenges to test what you’ve learned, or with financial matching.

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Learn from anywhere using online or posted course work, with distance learning programmes.

Check out our programme search; you can filter for programmes where you can learn by distance, in your own time. Our providers are happy to answer your questions and get you on the right track.

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You could choose to learn alongside other people in purpose-built facilities on campus.

If you like the idea of more traditional learning, but also want a hands-on experience, our campus-based programmes may be right for you. Check out our programme search to find programmes near you or experience another part of Āotearoa – we have campuses all over New Zealand.

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Get the skills employers are looking for

Businesses in Āotearoa need skilled people, so with the right qualifications and skills, you could walk into a great job.

Hear from learners like you

What is it like to get ahead using vocational learning? Some learners share their experiences.

What’s next?

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