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Ara is the largest vocational training institute in the South Island of New Zealand. Our practical, hands-on learning is provided in a supportive, welcoming environment. When you graduate from Ara you'll be work ready for your chosen industry or profession, with the skills employers need. 

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Ara first to achieve near perfect nursing employment rate

Ara first to achieve near perfect nursing employment rate

99% of graduates in nursing employment is unprecedented in the sector....

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Ara CE visits partner institutes in Japan

Ara CE visits partner institutes in Japan

Tony Gray, Ara Institute of Canterbury Chief Executive, made a trip to Japan last week...

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Who knew? Augmented Reality brings Emerge to digital life

Who knew? Augmented Reality brings Emerge to digital life

The Emerge exhibition in Ara’s Visions Restaurant (12 – 15 November) will at first look...

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Timaru outdoor instructor lands award and plum job

Timaru outdoor instructor lands award and plum job

Timaru's Georgia Orme has just topped off an incredible year with a national outdoor instructing...

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Nurturing individual student success - Ara Teaching Awards

Nurturing individual student success - Ara Teaching Awards

Getting to know individual students is at the heart of student success according to winners...

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World-first virtual reality training at Ara wins national ICT award

World-first virtual reality training at Ara wins national ICT award

Ara won the Microsoft Award for Excellence in Technology Delivery and the Supreme Prize at...

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