Young mother puts Best foot for­ward

Central Leader - - News -

BEST Pa­cific In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion’s aim through ed­u­ca­tion is to help peo­ple get the best out of their lives.

Haereata Keepa, al­though study­ing and do­ing quite well in com­put­ers and ac­count­ing at school, could only find work as a part-time wait­ress. She was also try­ing to jug­gle her life as a young mother, so it was not a very promis­ing start to her work­ing life - un­til she en­rolled at BEST.

Haereata’s tem­per­a­ment and abil­ity to ‘cut through the clut­ter’ gives her a nat­u­ral tal­ent for ad­min­is­tra­tion. So, aged 17, she en- rolled in the Cer­tifi­cate in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion at BEST and be­gan study­ing for a qual­i­fi­ca­tion which she knew would help build a ca­reer with po­ten­tial.

BEST’s flex­i­ble learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment en­abled her to fit study­ing around home com­mit­ments, which was im- por­tant to her as a mother of a baby. She says the BEST pro­gramme also gave her con­fi­dence and rel­e­vant, valu­able skills for se­cur­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tion job.

“I’d worked on com­put­ers and done ac­count­ing at school, but BEST got me back into it,” she says. More than that, she was able to use her Best Pa­cific In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion to put her on track for a bright busi­ness ca­reer.

Af­ter pass­ing her Cer­tifi­cate in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Haereata se­cured a ju­nior role with a ma­jor na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion and has sub­se­quently been pro­moted to a Con­tract Ad­min­is­tra­tor’s po­si­tion.

Learn­ing new skills, in­creas­ing your knowl­edge and gain­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion at BEST will give you the op­por­tu­nity for bet­ter jobs, and ac­cess to fur­ther ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. By hav­ing lit­tle or no en­try cri­te­ria for the ma­jor­ity of their pro­grammes, they make it easy for you to choose ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and give you a path­way - just as it did for Haereata.

BEST opened its doors in 1988 so that Pa­cific peo­ples had the op­por­tu­nity to take their place in this new world with qual­ity train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion that recog­nised their needs. This phi­los­o­phy re­mains as strong to­day - BEST is the big­gest Pa­cific fo­cused provider of ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

To find out more about BEST’s pro­grammes call free on 0800 425624.

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