Graduates now set to take on the world
Education institutions TrainMe and Vision College were celebrating their new graduates’ achievements last Friday.
The success of dozens of students have been witnessed by their tutors, families, friends and schoolmates, at the Hope Centre NZ in East Tamaki.
The graduates were from the School of Trades, Early Childhood Education and Information Communication Technology, including young people under 20 who want to get prepared for their adventures in life, and professionals who hope to search for other possibilities.
Young woman Hinemoa O’kinga got her national certificate in security level three after a year’s study with TrainMe.
‘‘Level three is a bit hard because I had to come out of my comfort zone a lot, but I’m so proud of what I did,’’ O’kinga says.
‘‘The events and chances that we get with security are really interesting. It opened your eyes to a lot up in the world.’’
She’s going to study business with the organisation and has the ambition to set up her own security business.
Among the students was Arthur Levy, a father of four, who worked in hospitality and found it hard to lead a balanced life between work and family.
Through volunteering for Plunket, he found his passion for kids and decided to get relevant qualifications, and successfully got his national certificate in early childhood educations and care level five.
‘‘Some people get lost in the system in the universities,’’ Levy says.
‘‘With this [Vision College’s] style of teaching, we actually feel like part of a family union, get natured and can actually take in the information.’’
Seeing the changes in the students from when they came to when they leave is an awesome experience, campus manager Andrew Gillgren says.
‘‘Our mission statement is ‘changing lives through learning’, and that’s what we are here to do,’’ Gillgren says.
‘‘Not only give students the qualification, but as well some soft skills to enable them take the next step, whatever it might be.’’
TrainMe and Vision College are divisions of national charitable education company ATC New Zealand, providing lower (Level 1, 2, 3) and higher level (mainly Level 5, 6, 7) training programmes respectively.