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Welcome to Ignite Colleges
Want a career you can feel proud of? Seeking a brighter future for yourself and your family?
At Ignite Colleges we dream big. And we’re here to help you dream big too! We’ll give you the knowledge, practical skills and guidance you need to kick-start your career with our hands-on, relevant training in Hospitality, Cookery, Early Childhood, Healthcare, Freight & Logistics, Pre Police & Defence Force Training and Security. We also offer Maths & English to help you take the next step in your career or study. Whatever direction you are heading, we’ve got you covered!
Our inspiring tutors come direct from industry. They know what you need to succeed and will make sure you graduate with the right skills and qualifications to get a great job. Choose Ignite and hit the ground running in your chosen industry.
What you can study
“Before coming to Ignite Colleges I was a full-time mum and housewife. Now I have a great job as a caregiver at one of the rest homes I worked for on clinical placement. Every day I’m learning new things and upgrading my skills and knowledge and I love talking to my elderly patients and providing them with quality care. I’m so thankful to Ignite and my tutors for equipping me with everything I needed to achieve my employment goals.
“Ignite is a really good place to study. The tutors are very encouraging and always happy to help out on a one-to-one basis. In fact, the entire Ignite team provides fantastic support. It’s a fascinating environment to study in – Ignite is very multicultural and they always have lots of cultural get togethers. I really enjoyed that, as it gave me the opportunity to learn about different cultures. I also learnt a lot about caring for elderly people, how to approach them and talk to them, and the importance of treating everybody equally. We did a lot of work around policy and procedures and the Code of Rights. It’s vital that I know my patients’ rights so that I can advocate for them.
“All the skills I learnt during my Ignite studies are so useful at work. I make sure that health and safety is practiced at all times and that all the proper equipment is used. The study we did around communication has proved invaluable - good communication skills are crucial in order to provide the best quality care.”
NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) Level 4
Import Coordinator, Ultimate Transport
“I got my job at Ultimate Transport a week after graduating from Ignite Colleges. I couldn’t believe it! Someone from the company showed up at Ignite to do some recruiting and I’d just finished my course. It was perfect timing, and I was so happy.
“The job is great. I work with a small, supportive team where everyone knows everyone. It’s the sort of place where I don’t feel afraid to ask questions. I deal with clearance, cartage, basically anything that comes into New Zealand. I make sure the product or consignment gets from the port or country of origin into New Zealand, and even to the door. There’s a lot of paperwork involved, and a lot of liaising with shipping lines and so forth. I find it really fun!
“This job is quite different from what I was doing before – which was being a mum to my five kids and working as a caregiver. One morning I just woke up and thought ‘I want to do something different’. Freight and logistics appealed to me because it’s hands-on, but the reality is, I didn’t really have a clue what it involved until I started studying at Ignite.
“I can’t speak highly enough of my tutor. He is such a wise man and taught me so much. He gave us a great overview of the industry, which has set us up to work in so many different areas. I was particularly drawn to the documentation side of things - the fact that the perfect job fell straight into my lap is just amazing. The skills and knowledge I gained during my Level 3 and 4 studies have prepared me well to work in the industry – and it wasn’t just what our tutor taught us, it was the way he taught us that really helped. He shared his own experiences and really brought his classes to life.
“The transition to full-time employment was a bit of a shock at first. It was hard for the family because the kids all had to step up and do more work at home. But they are very proud of me. Every day I get home from work and they ask me how my day went. It means a lot!
“I’ve been working at Ultimate Transport for six months now and I plan to stay here for another few years and build my experience. I definitely think this place is where I’m meant to be.”
NZ Certificate in International Freight Logistics Level 4
“I love making drinks and interacting with people, so I think working in the hospitality industry could be my perfect career! I used to work in a call centre, but I was ready for a change, and when my sister-in-law told me all about her hospitality studies at Ignite Colleges I decided to enrol.
“I started my course in March and I love it. I’ve made heaps of new friends and learnt how to make lots of cool drinks. This will be very useful because my dream is to own my own bar one day. After I finish Level 3 I’m going to stay on at Ignite and gain my NZ Certificate in Hospitality Level 4. In Level 4 you get your LCQ Certificate (Licence Controller Qualification), which is really important if you want to work in bars.”
NZ Certificate in Hospitality Level 3
“I started studying at Ignite Colleges halfway through last year, gaining my Level 3 hospitality qualification before moving into cookery. I’ve actually been working in the hospitality industry for many years, and I have experience running my own kitchen and training staff – but I need to get my certificates so I can keep moving up in the industry. Currently I’m working full-time as a cook at the Weymouth Cosmopolitan and Sports Club. It’s pretty full-on juggling work and study but I have my sights set on becoming a qualified chef. Once I’m qualified the pay will be better, plus there will be more opportunities to work and travel."
“I love studying cookery at Ignite. It’s pretty intense but we are learning a lot. Yesterday for example, we cooked five different dishes including Israeli couscous, prawns, red Thai chicken curry and a fine couscous salad with lamb rump and green mint pea puree. The best part of all is you get to eat everything you make! During our 20-week Level 3 course we spend 15 weeks in the training kitchens and five weeks doing work experience. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday we have carving classes with a world-class award-winning Taiwanese fruit and vegetable carver. We’ve already cooked at an Expo at the ASB Showgrounds and we are about to start in-house competitions to find out which students will get to compete in the NZ Hospitality Championships. There’s lots of variety, lots of fun, and lots of hands-on training when you study cookery at Ignite Colleges."
“I’m definitely staying on here to gain my Level 4 and 5, and I’m going to take advantage of the Spanish internship opportunities that Ignite offers its cookery students. At the end of this year I’ll spend 3 months living in Spain and working at a Michelin-starred restaurant there. I’ve never been out of New Zealand before and I can’t wait to experience a new culture and learn new ways of cooking."
“Cookery is my passion and has been since I was about 12. I was brought up in a big family and we got taught how to make meals from whatever was in the cupboard. We had to get creative! Eventually I’d like to become a cookery tutor, giving families the skills to eat well on a budget and make the most out of what they already have in their kitchen. I’d also love to open my own café.”
Certificate in Culinary Arts Level 3
“I left school last year at the end of Year 11 and spent eight months working with my parents in their cleaning and maintenance businesses. I really wanted to get into nannying though – I help teach kids at karate and I also have quite a bit to do with the young children at our church. I love kids!
“I’ve really enjoyed studying at Ignite Colleges. The campus is nice and big with a cool café and the atmosphere is good. There are not too many students so I feel comfortable here. As far as my ECE course goes, it has been great. The tutor is really cool – she explains everything well and matches her teaching style to our individual ways of learning. The course is really thorough; we spend lots of time focussing on each unit rather than rushing through topics like we did at high school. Classes are small so we get a lot of one-on-one attention which is great.
“The practical, hands-on nature of the course has been one of the biggest highlights. We do lots of crafts and learn how to make our own resources. We also spend two weeks working in an early childhood centre. I worked in Tiny Wonders Early Learning Centre in Pukekohe, which was a great opportunity to put everything I had learned in class into practice.
“Next year I am moving into further study and will gain a Level 5 nanny qualification. After that the world is my oyster – I plan to nanny in New Zealand for a while and eventually go overseas and work.”
“At Ignite they teach you how to dream big. They’re supportive, and their teaching style makes the course easy to understand. We are not just sitting in the classroom writing all day. We do roleplays and lots of other interesting activities. Eden Park security came into our class as guest speakers and we also have a fieldtrip to Auckland Airport. I’m only nine weeks into my course and I’ve already learnt so much – how to deal with people, how to protect ourselves, different laws and regulations.
“My dad has worked in security for ten years, so I guess you could say I’m following in his footsteps! Ideally, I’d love to work in airport security, and I plan to apply after gaining my Level 2 and 3 security qualifications from Ignite. Eventually though, my dream is to get into the New Zealand Police. I think police officers are real heroes. They do such great work, keeping the peace and protecting people, and one day I would really like to join them.”
Maths & English
“I wanted to get into the army but I lacked the maths and English skills so I enrolled in ILN at Ignite Colleges. The course work was hard but my tutor explained everything clearly and simply, so that it was easy to understand. My tutor actually made learning fun! The course was so worthwhile – in fact I reckon I learnt more at Ignite Colleges than I did in high school.
“After doing the course I applied for the army. They said my maths and English level was great, but unfortunately they turned me down because I have severe asthma. However they suggested I apply for the police force instead. I did that, and it looks like I’ll be starting my training next month!
“I would recommend Ignite Colleges to anyone. Not only is it a nice environment, but the staff are all very good and get along really well with the students. They are not intimidating in any way; they are supportive and encouraging. They treat students as equals and really know what we need.”
Maths & English
Pre-Police & Defence Force Training
“I’ve always wanted to join the army – the structure and the lifestyle really appeal to me. I wanted to make sure I got in, so I enrolled in Ignite Colleges’ Defence Force Preparation course to lift my academic level and better prepare myself. I’m at the end of my course now and my tutor helped me put my army application form in last week. I find out in February. Fingers crossed!
“I’ve enjoyed everything about studying at Ignite – the practical, the physical, the academic. The course is very hands-on and we cover all sorts of things, from automotive to first aid. Yes, some papers are pretty challenging, but you get lots of support from the tutors, so you get through it just fine. The tutors and staff here are so cool and I’ve made so many new friends.”
Certificate in Police and Defence Force Entry Preparation Level 3
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