ACG (Academic Colleges Group) is New Zealand’s largest quality provider of private school education, university pathways and tertiary skills-focused career programmes.
Today, ACG comprises 15 schools and tertiary colleges in three countries and offers a comprehensive range of academic and career pathways.
ACG owns and operates four quality tertiary colleges:
- • ACG Yoobee School of Design
- • New Zealand School of Tourism
- • NZMA (New Zealand Management Academies)
- • New Zealand Career College (NZCC)
All are Category 1 providers - the highest possible ranking from NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) - and together they train over 6,000 students per year, delivering real skills for today’s professions.
A wide range of certificate and diploma programmes are on offer, in the exciting fields of:
- • Design and Multimedia
- • Business
- • Hospitality and Cookery
- • Tourism and Travel
- • Early Childhood Education
Programmes are industry-relevant, practical and flexible, ranging from two days to two years in duration. With ACG, you gain valuable practical skills and highly respected qualifications. A dedicated careers team is on hand to help graduates launch their careers in New Zealand, ensuring their journey at ACG is not only a pathway to further education, but also a pathway to a rewarding career.
ACG Yoobee School of Design
The largest specialised digital design school in the country, ACG Yoobee School of Design has been training students for the creative industries since 1997.
Offering practical training in Graphic Design, Web Development, Animation, 3D Graphics, Game Art and Filmmaking, ACG Yoobee produces work ready, technically skilled graduates for the creative industries.
We have the highest possible ranking from NZQA - Category 1 - and offer flexible study options ranging from short courses and online learning right through to two-year diplomas and degree pathways. Our students gain hands-on experience with industry standard software and have opportunities to work for real clients on real projects. Classes are small, fun and inspiring, and our friendly, accessible tutors come direct from industry. They are animators, directors, graphic designers and special-effects artists - and they know exactly what today’s employers are looking for. This keeps ACG Yoobee programmes fresh and industry relevant, and ensures ACG Yoobee graduates are in hot demand.
With vibrant campuses in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, ACG Yoobee is the perfect place to carve out a creative future. Dedicated Student Employment Coordinators are based at each campus, and work closely with students to develop short-term placements, internships and full-time roles in the digital design sector. With industry links to many of the country’s top design studios and agencies, ACG Yoobee students graduate work ready and well placed to forge extraordinary creative careers.
New Zealand School of Tourism (NZST), formerly Travel Careers & Training and Sir George Seymour is New Zealand's largest private tertiary establishment specialising in training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries.
The College started in 1985 with one campus in Wellington and has since successfully grown to nine campuses located at Auckland Airport, Auckland Queen St, Auckland Britomart, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington Willis St, Wellington Courtenay Place, Christchurch and Dunedin.
We prepare students to become ‘work ready, world ready’ for those wanting a career as tourism operators, travel agencies, flight attendants, tour guides, in aviation, conferencing and events. Opportunities also extend out to various roles at the airport, cruise ships, hotels and more. Whether you are about to leave school, thinking about a career change or returning to work; a career in the airline, travel and tourism industry can offer you an exciting future.
The College is a Category One provider having gained the highest outcome from NZQA with a Highly Confident in Educational Performance and Highly Confident in Self-Assessment. New Zealand School of Tourism has a commitment to achieving outstanding quality standards which has formally been recognised by the travel & tourism industry.
Our Auckland Airport campus has a 747 service trainer with two galleys, a full length 737 cabin trainer with fully operational doors, overwing exits and evacuation slide, a 40-man life raft and emergency equipment.
Employment is a big focus at New Zealand School of Tourism. This means you will be learning with a company who love training and inspiring people for careers that will take them all over the world. When you are on board with us, you will get to experience the industry through visits, educational trips and paid internships. Employers from all areas of the industry come to us seeking graduates including Walt Disney World, Club Med, Accor Hotels group and major airlines amongst others.
NZMA has been teaching skills for today’s workplace for over 30 years, producing some of the best hospitality, cookery and business professionals in the country.
Our programmes are highly respected by employers, and also by NZQA, who have given us their ultimate seal of approval by granting us a Category 1 ranking.
With two campuses in Auckland and one in Hamilton, we place more than 2,000 students into meaningful employment, every year.
NZMA Sylvia Park - home of our popular cookery and hospitality school - welcomes around 1,000 students each year, from over 30 different countries, including New Zealand. Students here study NZQA-accredited Hospitality, Cookery and Business programmes, and can also complete a 600-hour paid internship as part of their Hospitality and Cookery Diploma training.
The purpose-built campus features commercial kitchens, barista stations, a student-run café, a spacious restaurant, bar training areas, a large cyber suite and modern computer classrooms. Tutors come direct from industry, and teach the hands-on, practical skills that students need to start their careers in these exciting sectors.
Employment is a big focus at NZMA. Students gain relevant industry experience in our authentic training environments and we have a dedicated employment team, NZMA Careers, to support them into employment. This team makes sure our students graduate work ready, and helps them find part-time work, internships and full-time employment.
New Zealand Career College (NZCC)
NZCC provides quality, vocational training in the fields of Business, Early Childhood Education. With a strong emphasis on practical skills, our goal is to help students not only gain qualifications, but also develop fulfilling careers.
Currently we train and transition almost 1,000 students each year, from New Zealand and around the world.
Ranked as a Category 1 provider by NZQA, NZCC’s certificates and diplomas are all NZQA-accredited and are delivered in a nurturing, inclusive learning environment. They include a Level 5 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and a Level 7 Diploma in Applied Management, with streams in Professional Retailing, Project Management and Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
All of our courses include extensive practical training and work experience, placement or internship opportunities.
All of NZCC’s academic staff are well qualified, industry-experienced and highly committed to seeing students reach their full potential. With a strong focus on outcomes, we also have a dedicated careers team who support our graduates into rewarding employment.
Founded in 2004, NZCC’s on-going goal is to provide qualifications for which there is a high industry demand, and which result in genuine pathways to further study or employment.