Grad­u­ates now set to take on the world

Eastern Courier - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LIU CHEN

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.

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