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Upcoming opportunities to upskill at Ara

Wednesday, July 03, 2019   Posted in: Training By: Administrator With tags: Training, business, Courses, workshop, leadership, learning, computing

Contact the Workforce Development Team at ARA if you have any queries about the courses offered - unless stated otherwise - or professional development (engagement[at] or 03 940 8585).

Get an Advantage with Digiboost

A productive team is one with all the skills needed to work efficiently. Digiboost at Ara is a great way to refresh your skills in Microsoft Office Suite; helping you save time by teaching you shortcuts and tricks to get the most out of Office. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Word;
  • Microsoft Word Long Documents;
  • Introduction to Excel;
  • Managing Data with Excel; and
  • Creating Presentations in PowerPoint.

Each short course is approximately 3 hours long and can be done either at your workplace or at Ara.

Find out more about these Digiboost courses and when they are being held at Ara.

Accounting Principles and MYOB

Take advantage of this workshop that enables you to manage your own day to day book keeping and gain the necessary skills to be confident in using the accounting software MYOB.

This 20-hour workshop will cover a variety of skills including: setting up a new business, setting up new accounts, entering opening balances, recording sales and purchases and more.

The next course is Mondays and Wednesdays from 29th July to 19th August 2019 at Ara's Bishopdale satellite campus.

The cost for this workshop is $260.87 plus GST per person.

Effective Leadership

Here's an opportunity to improve your leadership development and capabilities with practical tools and skills.

This workshop covers leadership and management responsibilities, solution driven management styles, and adapting your own personal style for high performance.

The cost for this workshop is $195.65 plus GST per person.

Register online as an individual to attend this leadership workshop. Contact the the Workforce Development Team at ARA for group bookings.

Free Workplace-Based Hospitality Training

You can study for free towards a qualification while you work - if you’re employed in a hospitality environment.

Ara offer two food and hospitality qualifications designed to be completed in the workplace:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) (Workplace); and
  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) - with Barista and/or Bar and/or Cafe Service Strands (Workplace)

These work-based training programmes are tailored to suit your individual needs, based on your workplace and experience. They are flexible and will have little impact on your work hours. Most of your learning will take place in the workplace, however during your training you’ll attend workshops and demonstrations at Ara. You’ll have two mentors - one at your workplace and one at Ara.

Contact Sefa (sefa.faletanoai[at] or Simo (simo.faitaua[at] or 021 804 697) at Ara if you are interested in these free hospitality programmes.

To meet the entry criteria for these free programmes, you must:

  • be employed for a minimum of 20 hours a week;
  • be a New Zealand resident; and
  • not be enrolled at secondary school or other tertiary-based study.

New Zealand Diploma in Business For Māori

This Level 5 programme will equip you with a broad range of business skills and give you the ability to problem - solve, think critically, communicate and work independently in any business environment. Specialisations include:

  • Project Management;
  • Accounting;
  • Business administration and technology;
  • Marketing and sales;
  • Human Resources; and
  • Leadership and management.

This is a one year course and starts in July 2019. This programme is free to Māori applicants - as part of Ara's Māori initiative - however spaces are limited!

Contact Michelle Manuel at Ara for more information on this exciting opportunity (michelle.manuel[at]

Hospitality Short Courses 

Ara has a range of Hospitality short courses that your staff can use to upskill and make the most of their ability in your team.

Barista Essentials

This course will give you the technical skills required to operate commercial espresso machines and produce espresso and espresso-based beverages. You’ll gain coffee knowledge and become familiar with the espresso extraction process, steaming milk and milk pouring.

Barista Essentials includes an online component (which must be completed before the end date of the course). Access to this component is available up to three weeks before the course starts and we recommend you undertake it before you begin the practical classes.

Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

The Licence Controller Qualification will provide you with the knowledge you need to meet your responsibilities under  the law, if you’re involved in the sale and supply of alcohol.

This two-day course covers up-to-the-minute information with presentations from either Community and Public Health, the licensing inspectors or the New Zealand Police. It includes a discussion session with the presenters and your peers, followed by an assessment on the second day.

Food Safety

Gain practical knowledge and skills in food safety for employment, including preparation, cooking, serving, personal presentation, hygiene and identifying hazards.

International Wines and Spirits (WSET)

Gain an internationally recognised wine qualification from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust and take a first step towards a career as a sommelier or wine professional.

Cocktail Mixology

Learn how to mix traditional and innovative cocktails and create your own mixes. The skills you learn will impress both employers and your friends.

Find out more about hospitality short courses at Ara.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch