Updating Skills

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You’ll learn how to present your existing skills to an employer and you’ll develop new skills. You’ll also learn how to be a successful student.

On this course, you’ll do all this while working in a supportive group with helpful tutors.

This course is available in a face-to-face classroom setting, or through an online classroom. You are able to choose a method that suits your own learning style and personal situation.

For those wanting to achieve a qualification, this course can credit towards the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 (Career and Education).

Course Content

This programme will build on your skills and give you the confidence to take the next step into employment or study in whatever field is of interest to you. Topics covered include compiling a CV and cover letter, interview skills, computing, teamwork, communication, strategies for successful learning (including literacy and numeracy) and more.

Credit recognition

If you have successfully completed New Outlook for Women, have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards the qualification New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills Level 2 (Career and Education).

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Please note: You may be charged a portion of the Compulsory Student Services Fee that supports our services available to students. For full information on the Compulsory Student Services Fee, visit fees and finance.

How to apply

To apply for one of our short courses, fill in a copy of the application form, available here, and email to info@ara.ac.nz or mail to Enrolment Centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre.

Learning outcomes

  • Investigate educational and/or employment opportunities through a range of fundamental research skills.
  • Evaluate and reflect on learned skills to inform future pathways.
  • Apply awareness of self and others within further study/work and life.
  • Apply essential skills in a familiar context.
  • Interact effectively with a variety of people.
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Upcoming Dates

Monday 12 October -
Thursday 10 December

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 9.15am-2.30pm
Room W110

Christchurch City campus