Adult and community education courses

Learn skills for work in your community at night or on weekends.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused global disruption to work opportunities, which means you might need to retrain for a new job, or upskill in your current one.

Adult and Community Education in Communities (ACE) classes can teach you basic skills, improve your existing skills and increase your job opportunities.

What are ACE classes

ACE classes can be short courses run in the evenings or weekends at your local community centre, school, polytechnic, institute of technology, wānanga or private training organisation.

Some classes are run full time during the week.

The class sizes are small to help you learn basic skills in a subject easily and build confidence in learning.

What you can learn in an ACE class

You can learn a variety of skills that are useful for work in ACE classes. For example, a range of computer skills from basic typing to advanced software, graphic design and web design.

Courses include practical skills for going into apprenticeship training such as cooking, woodworking, and car and home maintenance.

You can also develop your work-ready skills with classes in job hunting, driver’s licence education, adult numeracy and literacy, assertiveness training, te reo Māori, English as a Second Language (ESOL), and sign language.

If you want to progress in your career, some organisations offer courses in management, networking and career planning skills.

Cost of ACE classes

The cost of classes vary depending on the course provider. Contact them directly or check their website for details.

Updated 21 Jul 2020