In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Learn­ing: Link­ing ed­u­ca­tion to em­ploy­ment

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If you have left school without job qual­i­fi­ca­tions, are looking for a change in your ca­reer, or want­ing to get back into the work­force, you need to know you’ve cho­sen a train­ing es­tab­lish­ment that’s ca­reer based and in tune with in­dus­try needs.

You need to be sure that your study will pro­duce a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion which path­ways a new ca­reer or qual­i­fies you for fur­ther study. And you need to be in an en­vi­ron­ment that stim­u­lates you and keeps you mo­ti­vated.

So wel­come to the In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Learn­ing!

IAL is one of the long­est es­tab­lished pri­vate train­ing es­tab­lish­ments in New Zealand, with a 20-year track record as a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion provider. With its close con­nec­tions to in­dus­tries such as Com­put­ing (IT), Busi­ness, Hos­pi­tal­ity and Re­tail, it knows what the work­place is looking for and de­signs its cour­ses to meet those needs.

The In­sti­tute wel­comes do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents alike, and has a vi­brant, friendly cam­pus with an open door pol­icy be­tween staff and stu­dents. In fact, stu­dents and staff share all the cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties, and re­late to each other on a more per­sonal level than you’re likely to find else­where.

As a di­rect re­sult of this pol­icy, the suc­cess rate of stu­dents in qual­i­fy­ing and gain­ing em­ploy­ment is ex­tremely high.

One of the fea­tures of IAL is the num­ber of spe­cialised cour­ses re­lat­ing di­rectly to em­ploy­ment. Many stu­dents are re­ferred by WINZ into cour­ses that prom­ise pos­i­tive em­ploy­ment out­comes re­gard­less of the eco­nomic times – call cen­tres be­ing an ex­am­ple.

IAL’s Depart­ment of Com­put­ing has a num­ber of diploma and cer­tifi­cate cour­ses with in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tions – start­ing with the Ba­sic Com­put­ing Level 3 course and the op­por­tu­nity to stair­case stu­dents di­rectly into em­ploy­ment or into Com­put­ing Lev­els 5 or 6 or higher de­gree ed­u­ca­tion. Microsoft cer­ti­fi­ca­tions are em­bed­ded into the com­put­ing cour­ses pro­vid­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions that are im­me­di­ately recog­nised as in­dus­try spe­cific.

The In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Learn­ing’s char­ter does not end with its stu­dents’ at­tain­ing a workre­lated qual­i­fi­ca­tion. It works to­gether with in­dus­try to pro­vide work ex­pe­ri­ence while train- ing, and be­yond that to mon­i­tor­ing its stu­dents’ progress for two months af­ter they en­ter em­ploy­ment.

The In­sti­tute’s oneyear course, Level 5 Diploma in Hos­pi­tal­ity is highly re­garded by stu­dents and in­dus­try alike, very pop­u­lar with the in­ter­na­tional stu­dents. The course suc­cess rate is phe­nom­e­nal, with a 100 per­cent suc­cess rate in em­ploy­ment out­comes in 2008! With the World Cup ap­proach­ing, and ma­jor em­ploy­ers such as SkyC­ity and Eden Park in Auck­land, this is an in­dus­try that wel­comes well trained staff.

IAL also has a twoyear course in Hos­pi­tal­ity Man­age­ment – again very suc­cess­ful and highly sought-af­ter.

IAL is recog­nised as a Microsoft e-academy, mean­ing that all stu­dents have ac­cess to exclusive e-academy soft­ware as vis­ual learn­ing aids in their cour­ses. It has also helped greatly in em­ploy­ment out­comes.

With around 250 short cour­ses de­signed to up­skill work­ers faced with re­dun­dancy or re­duced em­ploy­ment, IAL is a proac­tive learn­ing es­tab­lish­ment for those fac­ing changes in their work­place. It has de­vel­oped an e-learn­ing strat­egy which al­lows course mem­bers to learn on or off cam­pus in or­der to im­prove their qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Stu­dents can go di­rectly to the web­site www.ial.ac.nz to reg­is­ter for cour­ses on­line, or call into the cam­pus at 42 Atkin­son Ave, Otahuhu.

Phone 276 5924 or 0800 300 310, or email study@ial.ac.nz

The In­sti­tute of Ap­plied Learn­ing has a pol­icy of re­ply­ing to your en­quiries within 24 hours.

Pri­mary fo­cus: Pa­trick Baker, gen­eral man­ager of IAL, says their mis­sion is to link all ed­u­ca­tion to suc­cess­ful em­ploy­ment.

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