24 Aug 2016
Ara Institute of Canterbury's introduction of a business administration programme for Māori and Pasifika is off to a strong start with over 20 students beginning their study next week.
The initial group includes Tuvaluan, Tongan and Māori South Canterbury students. The programme, which is an extension of He Toki (Māori Trades Training) and Pasifika Trades Training initiatives, is open to Māori and Pasifika to train fees-free.
The students will be joined by community leaders at an induction ceremony on Saturday 27 August from 12 – 2.30pm at the Ara Institute of Canterbury Oamaru Campus, 44 Humber Street, Oamaru. Speakers include Kay Giles, Chief Executive Ara Institute of Canterbury, Gary Kircher, Oamaru Mayor, and representatives from He Toki, Pasifika Trades Training, the Tuvaluan community and the Tongan community.
The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) programme will train the students in a range of business administration skills including financial calculations, processing data, producing information for business purposes, communicating effectively with stakeholders and working co-operatively within a team to achieve objectives.
Earlier this year, He Toki and Pasifika Trades carpentry programmes were introduced in Timaru. He Toki is a partnership between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Te Tapuae o Rehua, Ara and industry partner Hawkins. Pasifika Trades training is run in conjunction with Pasifika community leaders and industry partner AWF Allied Workforce Trades.
These unique collaborative models use the existing strengths, knowledge, experience and capabilities of partner organisations to up-skill Māori and Pasifika to be leaders in their field.