Auckland’s new industrial hub of Sylvia Park will soon have a specialist trades training campus on its doorstep providing work-ready graduates in areas of key skills shortages.
Leading tertiary provider New Zealand Management Academies (NZMA) is to open a new campus at Sylvia Park in Auckland to host its construction training, cookery and hospitality programmes. The new facility, in Carbine Road, will replace its city campus in Anzac Avenue in central Auckland.
Chief executive Tim Cullinane said new programmes would begin at the purpose-equipped campus as early as May 2013, with the bulk of students and staff moving at the end of this year ahead of the start of the 2014 academic programme.
He said that NZMA had chosen Sylvia Park for its proximity to public transport as well as its access to nearby retail and other services. The new campus was also close to its Auckland South Campus in Otahuhu, its exisiting cooking school in Panmure, and industries and businesses looking for well-trained graduates.
“Sylvia Park offers all the benefits of a central Auckland location in terms of amenities, but isn’t as yet well-served in terms of tertiary facilities,” he said.
NZMA had leased an established building and would convert it into a purpose-built education facility this year.
“It’s a substantial investment in what is a growing and well-connected part of Auckland, near to the businesses and industries requiring the graduates we train.”
Mr Cullinane said the new facility would be the centre for NZMA’s new construction training programme provided through a collaboration with the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).
He said the programme, offering an NZQA-approved Level 4 Certificate in Building, was a response to the huge shortage of skilled tradespeople in the construction sector geared to meeting the needs of the industry. It will include a mix of classroom teaching, outdoor projects and construction site visits.
Mr Cullinane said that in time NZMA’s cookery programme would move from Panmure to the new campus.
“Our hospitality programmes will also be taught at the new facility,” he said.
Contact centre training, business studies, hospitality and retail training courses would continue to be taught at its Auckland South Academy, he said.
Mr Cullinane said NZMA had a strong track record providing programmes that ensured students were work-ready, with the skills, attitudes and motivation to succeed in the workplace.
“Our vision is for a trades-based campus at Sylvia Park offering excellent programmes with real practical benefit to local industry,” he said.