New Zealand Career College (NZCC) was founded in 2004 by Feroz Ali, and is now part of ACG Tertiary & Careers Group (NZMA). NZCC provides vocational courses to domestic and international markets in Early Childhood Education, Health, and Business. The organisation is committed to maximising educational outcomes and pastoral care to its students.
NZCC’s on-going goal is to create a tertiary college that supports and serves its local community by providing students as young as 16 with qualifications resulting in genuine pathways to higher study or employment. Critical to this provision is a nurturing, inclusive learning environment, and a teaching delivery mode which is attractive to struggling or second chance learners from a multitude of ethnicities and people groups.
NZCC now has three campuses located throughout high density population areas in Auckland and Wellington. Training and transitioning almost 1000 students per year, NZCC provides a vital educational link for local and international learners who might otherwise ‘fall through the gaps’.
In 2014, NZCC reached ten years in private post-secondary training and education. Tremendous changes in both the form and structure of the organisation have been witnessed during its first decade in response to continually evolving needs in the markets of focus.
The student population has grown dramatically since the establishment of the College. The first campus was opened in Christchurch teaching Early Childhood Education (ECE) to an initial roll of 17 students. By 2012, the organisation comprised six campuses including Auckland Central, Waitakere, Manukau, Wellington, and Christchurch. Today, the collective cohort of students served is aged from 16-64 years.
The nature and form of the PTE sector, as a result of both government and market forces, has had a strong influence in the development of NZCC programmes. Whilst initially an ECE specialist educator, shifts in market dynamics have necessitated the broadening of offerings in recent years to include ECE (level 3 and 5), Health (level 4), Nanny Training (level 4), Automotive Trades (Level 1&2), Applied Management - Professional Retailing, Project Management and Procurement & Supply (level 7).
The fluidity of regional issues and changing population demographics are also critical to ensuring that the programmes offered and the manner in which they are presented are closely aligned to student needs in the respective areas. ECE originally focussed in Christchurch, was replaced by Automotive Trades due an increasing demand for these skills since the earthquake. In further response to this situation, NZCC is at present developing a range of offerings in and around construction needs, such as a specialist driver training certificate and an electrical skills certificate for youth 16 years and over.
Although NZCC offerings are available to people of all ages, core business is focussed on delivering the requirements of a key Ministry of Education initiative - that of “second chance learning” - by transitioning youth over 16, from stagnated school careers or off WINZ benefits, into meaningful occupations by way of practical vocational training. Integral to all NZCC offers in this sector is the proprietary inclusion of literacy and numeracy skills often missing in a large percentage of this demographic.
Goals & Objectives
The organisational goals and objectives of NZCC are derived from its purpose, its mission statement and its core values.
“The organisational purpose is to transform students into employable, professional, self-determining, confident and socially adept contributors to New Zealand Society."
It's focus on developing career pathways is reflected in the company mission statement:-
“New Zealand Career College will provide individualised support and education pathways by developing a learning community that challenges students to realise their greatest potential.”
Core values of the organisation are expressed in terms of:-
In light of the aforementioned purpose, mission, and values, NZCC strives on an on-going basis to achieve the following Organisational Objectives.