Skills Update

Training and Education Group​

Great results don’t just happen, they happen because you make them happen

Trade Skills Education
Aged Care Education
Horticulture Studies
Hospitality Programs

Welcome to Skills Update. We strive to provide you with high quality education, bridging your success with knowledge and creativity.

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Bringing out the talent within

Students are kept motivated and engaged through best practice teaching methods which cater to learners of all age groups and preferences.

Our wide range of qualifications has been accredited by NZQA and is regarded as credible, robust and recognised across New Zealand and internationally.

Category One Provider

This is the highest rating possible which means NZQA is highly confident in our educational performance and capability of self-assessment.

NZQA Accredited

We have been accredited by NZQA since 1992. We hold one of the largest scope of accreditation for a private provider. We also achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2018.

Five Campuses

We have five purpose-built campuses in Auckland, Christchurch and Tauranga with modern infrastructure and facilities.

TEC Funded

We are a TEC funded organisation delivering programmes for youth and adult learners. We also deliver programmes for Ministry of Social Development (MSD).


We want our programmes to be relevant to the industry resulting in great outcomes to our learners. We are continuously innovating to develop products that reflect the future of education.

Zero Fees

Many of our programmes are offered zero fees to eligible domestic students.

Sound and stable learning environment

Students at Skills Update will acquire useful skills and knowledge that will help to develop their social wellbeing and cognitive abilities. Student support tools have been put in place to match each student’s learning style with their learning goals.

Message from the Directors

Skills Update was born out of an aspiration to provide New Zealand youth and adult learners with skills and a strong work ethic so they can successfully enter the job market in their chosen trade or profession.

Assisted by numerous stake holders such as Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand Police, Iwi, High Schools, Polytechnics, Sport Organisations and thousands of employers in diverse industrial fields we have achieved results that exceed our early aspirations. Over the past 28 years, over 45000 students have graduated and successfully entered the workforce or continued into higher education and training. We offer a diverse campus that embraces students and staff from many different cultural backgrounds.

In early 2021, Skills Update was acquired by LIFE Community, a faith-based community agency delivering initiatives such as Christmas Box, LIFE Community Kitchens, LIFE Homes and Quality Education Services (QES), another registered private training establishment located in South Auckland.

LIFE Community is committed to bringing help and hope to generations through the provision of social services, and through partnership with central government, delivery of educational programmes. We look to continue Skills Update’s reputation for excellence, and are excited to work alongside the all generations of students, whom we hope will become leaders in their path of endeavour.

~ Nick Edwards & Paul Schnell

  Directors, Skills Update

LIFE Community


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Limitless learning and opportunities

Skills Update Training and Education Group is committed to consistently providing high quality education and training services to our communities.

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