Education Providers

ACG Yoobee School of Design

Learn it by Doing it.

Our training is practical, and our students are only assessed on the work they create.

Learn from the Best.

Industry experienced tutors who are experts in their fields will help students realise their full potential and gain valuable insights into the working world.

It’s Who you Know...

Our dedicated careers team have close connections with top employers, leading to top jobs!


Our programmes are designed with extensive and ongoing consultation with industry meaning our students can be confident they’re learning the skills employers want.


Students use the latest software and equipment throughout their programmes to keep up with industry standards.

Category One Provider

NZQA awarded ACG Yoobee the highest education ranking in their most recent External Evaluation & Review.

ARA Institute of Canterbury

Ara provides a learning experience second to none with an emphasis on applied and practical skills-based learning.

Our programmes are relevant and specialised to industry and community-based needs, taught by experienced tutors who are very skilled in providing high quality learning and supportive services to students.

Ara leads the way in internationally-recognised qualifications including certificates, diplomas, Bachelor degrees and graduate programmes, delivered to ensure that all graduates are work-ready and highly sought after.

Go to for more details and call on our representatives at CareerFest Southland.


Dive Otago Ltd

“Dive Otago is a tertiary education provider in Dunedin.  We offer Career Dive Programmes up to Diploma Level studying full time for nine months (NZQA level 6), and also part time National Certificates in Foundation, Leadership and Instruction (NZQA Level 6).  At Dive Otago we pride ourselves on delivering world class professional diver education.  With a growing demand for dive professionals all over the world, a career in diving has something for everyone in a wide variety of industries; these include Hospitality and Eco Tourism, Dive Travel, Marine Science, Commercial Diving, Surveying and Oceanography, Underwater Photography, Videography and Natural History Film Making. When you study with us you are setting yourself up for a career; we teach to the highest standards while ensuring you have the time of your life.  All courses are approved for student loans and allowances and we also offer STAR courses for secondary school students".


Frontline Training

Front-Line offers courses for 16-19 year olds to gain qualification in

National Certificate in Educational Achievement Levels 1, 2 & 3

National Certificate in Employment Skills

New Zealand Certificate in Business

New Zealand Certificate in Tourism

New Zealand Certificate in Retail

FREE to all 16 – 19 year olds

IPU New Zealand Tertiary Institute

Our Institute was opened in 1990 and we have specialised in tertiary education with an international and interdisciplinary flavour last 25 years. We are actually the first privately owned tertiary institute in New Zealand.We offer diplomas at Level 5, bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma, post graduate diploma and master's courses. 

Our institute has a very strong view that the nation is only moving in one direction – extending outward, into strong player in the global community. We cater our studies to this field and excel accordingly. With our Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies (BCIS) we have majors in International Relations, International Business, Language Studies, Environmental Studies and Japanese Language Studies. We also have strong courses in Mandarin Chinese and our internationally recognised Trinity College of London moderated TESOL Certificate. 

Our students go on to become exceptional leaders in the international community. We have graduates who have worked for the UN, in embassies, interpreters for international sports stars, international journalists, and in import-export businesses.

We are proud of all of our students and ensure they have the best resources for their personal growth throughout their studies. As a branch of an international organisation (Soshi Education Group of Japan), we have schools/ contacts all over the world and use these regularly to the advantage of our students (exchanges, pre-graduate interviews for international companies, etc).   

Lincoln University 

New Zealand’s specialist land-based university

With its beginnings as an agricultural college in 1878, Lincoln became a university in its own right in 1990 and is now known as New Zealand’s specialist land-based university and has a mission to feed the world, protect the future and help people live well.

Lincoln University has two south island campuses. The Te Waihora (Christchurch) Campus is situated on a 58-hectare campus less than 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Christchurch. The campus has a mix of modern and traditional buildings, surrounded by trees and open spaces and a staff to student ratio of 1:14. The Telford Campus extends over 800 hectares of farmland, the campus is basked 6km from Balclutha in South Otago and is surrounded by the beautiful Catlin’s.

Making the choice to study at Lincoln University means you are choosing not only a friendly campus, and exposure to leading edge research – you are also embarking on a qualification that is highly regarded nationally and internationally for its close links to industry, real world experiences and practical approach.

Although the university has traditionally been known for agriculture and science courses, many of our most popular courses are now in the commerce field, which offers many specialist options, depending on your area of interest or preferred career.

Agriculture and land-based sciences still make up the core of Lincoln University course offerings however, and retain an outstanding international reputation for the quality and depth of education they provide.

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New Zealand Institute of Sport

Leaders in Sport and Fitness Education in New Zealand

NZIS provides specialist courses from diploma to bachelor degree level in sport management, exercise prescription, personal training and pre-police training.

NZ School of Tourism

If you want an exciting career in travel and tourism then you have come to the right place. We specialise in training courses for careers in hotels, airlines, travel agencies, tourism companies, cruise ships, conferencing, and much more.

Whether you are about to leave school, thinking about a career change or returning to work, the travel & tourism industry can offer you a challenging role in an exciting industry. Check out our courses today and see how we can help you launch your new career!

Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic is one of New Zealand’s top providers of hands-on education. Student satisfaction ratings are among the highest in Australasia, we achieved the highest possible quality ratings from government, and employers love our graduates for their knowledge, independence and creativity. We offer over 100 programmes – from foundation certificates to postgraduate degrees – at campuses in Dunedin, Central Otago and Auckland, and off-campus to students around the world! We can even assess the knowledge you already have, and have this count towards a qualification.

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Pacific International Hotel Management School

Right courses, right place to study and right training

Students from Southland have been experiencing and studying at PIHMS for many years. With its small student numbers, practical and relevant diplomas and degrees, PIHMS has become well known within local academic circles.

PIHMS offers three main qualifications:

  • International Diplomas in Hotel Management (Swiss Diploma, NZQA Level 6 and AHRP Level 6 (Australia)
  • Bachelor of Applied Hospitality and Tourism Management (NZQA Level 7)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management (NZQA Level 8)

Located in New Plymouth and half way between Auckland and Wellington, the Pacific International Hotel Management School (PIHMS) offers the very best, internationally recognised training that will provide students with a career that will take them places.

PIHMS is a fully operational hotel which is run by the students who live work and study within the hospitality and tourism industry. This well-balanced education combines practical and academic skills to both New Zealand and international industry standards.

Industry placements form an important part of all PIHMS courses. Two paid industry placements give students invaluable work experience in leading hotels both in New Zealand and overseas. PIHMS helps students find suitable placements and visits to offer support during the placement.

This, added to the high quality internationally based education received at PIHMS, gives students with a thorough understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry and prepares them for an exciting and rewarding career.

A PIHMS qualification will give you the very best internationally recognised hospitality training and career.

More details are available at and don’t forget to visit the PIHMS exhibition at CareerFest Southland.

Queenstown Resort College

Queenstown Resort College is a Tertiary Institution offering Diplomas in Adventure Tourism Management and Hospitality management. As part of the Diploma, students take part in 6-9 month paid industry internships.

Southern Institute of Technology 

The Southern Institute of Technology, home of the Zero Fees Scheme is a fast growing tertiary education provider with a strong reputation with employers and links to industry. Students are able to undertake a range of high quality certificate to postgraduate degree programmes at campuses in Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch and Gore. SIT also offers a broad range of distance learning programmes from certificate to postgraduate degree level so you are able to study at your own pace from anywhere in New Zealand or the world while still under the Zero Fees Scheme.

With the financial support of corporate bodies in the Southland region SIT is able to offer zero programme fees to all SIT domestic students who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia. Therefore students only have to pay the cost of the material they use for their programme. This can save students tens of thousands of dollars and set them in good stead for their future.

Call 0800 4 0 FEES or email to kick start your career today!

Southland YMCA Education Ltd

YMCA New Zealand is a Registered Private Training Establishment that delivers Tertiary Education Commission funded education programmes through its regional YMCA’s, including Invercargill.

YMCA Invercargill delivers programmes accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  We have a team of dedicated Tutors whose work is focussed on helping young people build a foundation for future success.

Building, empowering and engaging with youth has always been a fundamental purpose of the YMCA.  Since our international establishment in 1844 (1855 in New Zealand), the YMCA movement has developed into an organisation that puts the emphasis on providing the building blocks that enable people to live rewarding lives.

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre

Taratahi has been successfully training Kiwis for agricultural careers since 1919. 
Taratahi offers full-time courses, diploma programmes, short courses and an Agriculture in Schools programme which includes Primary Industries Trades Academy, STAR and extra mural study.

We have a residential campus near Masterton in Wairarapa, with non-residential campuses in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawke's Bay and Southland. 
Taratahi’s own assets, and assets they manage on behalf of others, now equates to over $100 million.  Taratahi has 42,000 stock units of sheep, beef and deer and milk 2,000 cows.

University of Auckland

We are New Zealand’s world-ranked university, and proud of our reputation for excellence. We offer more than 120 different undergraduate subjects, including a General Education component to broaden your skills and complement your specialist knowledge.

Universtiy of Canterbury

World-class research and inspirational teaching

Ranked in the top three per cent of the world’s universities, the University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha – offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the globe and a great student lifestyle. UC balances the best of university life.

Our Liaison Team will be attending the CareerFest expo and will be happy to answer your questions, provide advice on programmes and to help you prepare for study at the University of Canterbury.

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University of Otago

The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university, has been educating young New Zealanders since 1869. With a main campus situated in the beautiful city of Dunedin and specialist campuses in Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington, the University offers 190 academic programmes across four academic divisions: Health Sciences, Sciences, Humanities and Commerce.  Internationally recognized research professors teach first year courses in a huge variety of subjects, all aimed at providing students with the skills to confront the challenges of the 21st century to help find the answers to some of the world’s most pressing problems.   Ranked in the top 100 institutions in 12 subject areas in the 2013 QS World University Rankings, Otago has a proven record of academic excellence that has nurtured some of New Zealand’s most outstanding citizens.

With an international reputation as an outstanding centre of teaching and research, the University attracts students from all over the country and the world.   More than 80% of our students come from outside Dunedin, most of whom are accommodated in the University’s fourteen Colleges of Residence during their first year of study. The Colleges are a unique feature of Otago life, providing a “home away from home” for thousands of new students who make the journey to Otago to start a new and exciting chapter in their lives.  With their warm and welcoming atmosphere, comfortable rooms and fantastic food, study and pastoral support programmes and sporting and cultural activities, the Colleges provide the perfect background for students to make the transition from home life to independence in safe and supportive communities.  Spending the first year of university life in a College of Residence is the best way to ensure success in subsequent years of study.

In addition to all its other attributes, the University of Otago has for the past few years been named by UK media as one of the world’s 15 most beautiful campuses, alongside Oxford, Harvard and the ancient University of Bologna in Italy.  Just another reason why Otago is a great place to study!

Wellington ICT Graduate School

The Wellington ICT Graduate School is a new and exciting initiative developed by Wellington’s three leading tertiary establishments (Victoria University, WelTEC and Whitireia) that seeks to advance and support the development of ICT skill and talent throughout New Zealand.

In 2017, six Master’s-level degrees will be taught, developing students in the areas of software development, business analysis and engineering. The Wellington ICT Grad School has a joint industry and academic board and its central team is located in downtown Wellington, with offices in the city's new innovation hub.

Youth Service 

Youth Service is a new approach to working with young people.

It aims to get young people into education, training or work-based learning. This will help young people gain the skills to find a job and have an independent future.

Young people work with community-based providers who give guidance, support and encouragement to help them find the education, training or work-based learning that works.

Youth Service offers guidance and practical support to young people. It is about stepping in early to help build potential through education, training or work-based learning.

Financial assistance and obligations

Some young people will work with a Youth Service provider as part of getting financial support from Work and Income. This includes young people who are receiving Youth Payment, Young Parent Payment or receive support as a partner of a specified beneficiary.

If you’re receiving financial support, you’ll have to meet your obligations to keep getting your payments.