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As the region's leading applied tertiary training provider, we understand and appreciate that so much of our success is due to the quality and expertise of our staff.

It's our aim to attract and retain a high calibre of industry-experienced people who believe in transforming a great learning experience into an amazing future for individuals, businesses and our communities.

Turn your industry experience into teaching expertise

If you have extensive industry skills and experience, but no formal teaching qualification, you may still be able to teach and pass on your expertise. Our in-house Teacher Education and Learning Design departments can teach you to teach, while you're on the job teaching others.

Workforce restrictions for children's workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are considering working in the state funded sector working directly with children (including teaching or providing youth services) you will need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field. 

This is because new legislation, the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014, will prevent state sector agencies and government-funded service providers from hiring people with convictions for 'specified offences' to work with children in some roles. The restrictions came into effect on July 1 2015

This information has been supplied by the Children's Action Plan Directorate and the Tertiary Education Commission.


Canterbury is one of New Zealand's most dynamic regions. When you come to live and work here, your opportunities to explore and enjoy this beautiful region are endless. One day you could be snowboarding in the Southern Alps or mountain biking on the Port Hills, the next tasting wines in the Waipara Valley or whale watching in Kaikoura.

Canterbury's largest city is Christchurch, which has become a magnet for innovation and investment in recent years. Café life has exploded; street art, pop-up shops and new commercial ventures are thriving, and Ara Institute of Canterbury is at the heart of it all.

We have two campuses in Christchurch. Our Madras Street campus is a vibrant learning environment located on the fringe of the CBD, close to numerous cafes, shops and entertainment options.

Recently upgraded to the tune of $19M, our Woolston campus is just three kilometres away and not far from a range of convenient services at Eastgate Mall and the Victorian arcade-style Tannery shopping complex.

Christchurch's vitality can be seen and felt throughout Canterbury, in smaller cities and towns which are thriving on the back of tourism and primary industries.

We have campuses in several of these locations, including Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru and Washdyke – the latter being where we deliver our agriculture, horticulture and transport programmes.