Investing in Waikato's educational future

Investing in Waikato's educational future

Wednesday 8 August

1 August 2018 – New Zealand Management Academy (NZMA) firmly believes in changing people’s lives through education.  And having been in the Waikato region for over a decade as the largest PTE offering a range of programmes, the opportunity arose this year to begin the process of creating a purpose-built facility for students and staff.

With approximately 60% of students arriving as beneficiaries, 40% with no NCEA, and many who need some extra support to make the transition to study and employment, NZMA plan to provide a brand new campus which will attract and retain students.

NZMA Chief Executive Officer, Mark Worsop said, “We see our campus in Hamilton as being a very important magnet for high priority learners in the community who can be inspired to learn and then find a job.  Once a student enrols with NZMA, they have a responsibility to follow through on their commitment, but we as an organisation also have a responsibility to commit to providing the support and the environment that will enable them to be successful”.

The campus is designed to ensure teaching environments are conducive to learning.  So the rooms are sized and configured to best meet tutor, staff and student needs.  Features will include:

  • Student café/restaurant/bar classroom spaces designed such that they could be opened up for internal events/functions
  • Purpose-built facilities for programmes including barista class, retail class, floristry and pharmacy labs, in addition to nine traditional classroom spaces
  • Futureproofing of a mezzanine floor that could be occupied as student numbers grow (including space earmarked for stairs and lift)
  • Internal lightwell to bring natural light into the centre of the building
  • The site is in the proximity of public transport options and bicycle parking has been provided to encourage alternate means of transport to site.

NZMA is also working closely with the Waikato-Tainui to develop programmes and employment pathways through the Iwi to jointly identify tertiary education goals and support broader cultural, social and economic aspirations.  The Waikato-Tainui will provide a cohort of learners and pastoral support, and NZMA will provide the programmes and qualifications.

Mark continued, “The aim is to empower our students to achieve their goals, become role models within their communities, and to transition to sustainable employment.  The opportunity is to blend the best teaching and learning practice with the cultural leadership and manaaki of Waikato-Tainui and other key stakeholders.  It’s an exciting time for NZMA and the Waikato community.  We are so proud of the facility we are building to share with the community, and really feel positive about the impact it will have.”

The NZMA Hamilton campus is currently on track for completion in February 2019.