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ACG - New Zealand’s Newest Tertiary Heavyweight

Education powerhouse ACG is upping the ante in the New Zealand tertiary sector. 

Its Tertiary & Careers Group, established just 18 months ago, is already the largest private tertiary provider in the country, delivering training to 4500 students at ten campuses nationwide. Its first-rate portfolio consists entirely of Category 1 providers, and includes ACG Yoobee School of Design, NZMA and NZCC (New Zealand Careers College). ACG has recently acquired Sir George Seymour College (now NZ School of Tourism), expanding its PTE portfolio and offerings yet again. A top-echelon senior management team has been appointed to lead ACG Tertiary & Careers into the future.


Growing demand for quality vocational training has already led to significant expansion of schools within the Group, with more developments in the pipeline. NZMA has extended its Sylvia Park Campus in order to cope with increasing demand for its hospitality, cookery and business programmes, while ACG Yoobee has launched digital design training in the Bay of Plenty. New pathways to further study have also been developed including just-signed MOU’s with Wintec, Massey and Canberra Universities.

Staying connected to the industries they serve is a vital component to the success of the schools within the Tertiary & Careers Group and providing real skills for today’s professions is a top priority. Regular Masterclasses from industry icons help ensure students are gaining the skills today’s employers are looking for. Earlier this month cookery students at NZMA were treated to a 90-minute Masterclass from Peter Gordon and head chef at The Sugar Club Neil Brazier. Meanwhile students at ACG Yoobee Wellington recently enjoyed a session with Weta Digital genius and visionary VFX Supervisor Matt Aitken.

According to the Group’s General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Ana Maria Rivera, these considerable developments underscore the Group’s commitment to lead the country in skills-based education.

“So many exciting developments are taking place every day in the ACG T&C Group.  It’s important to stop and reflect on all that’s being achieved for our students, stakeholders, and New Zealand’s work ready graduate market,” she said.

“Our graduates now have access to the widest and most varied range of portfolio’s and pathway opportunities, allowing them to build the career they’ve always wanted.  We’re completely aligned to market needs and have the resources to deliver practical training in the very best facilities to ensure our graduates are ready for employment.”

A top-echelon senior management team has been appointed to lead ACG Tertiary & Careers into the future. The latest recruit is NZQA stalwart Kathy Maclaren (pictured), who has just been named the Group’s General Manager – Quality & AcKathy McLarenademic Development.

After nearly two decades with NZQA, including nine years in leadership roles across different aspects of the tertiary education sector, Maclaren will now be focussing on the quality assurance framework from a single organisation point of view.

“My job is to continue to consolidate the implementation of quality self-assessment and improvement across the ACG Tertiary & Careers Group,” said Maclaren, who moves to Auckland to take up the new role next month.

“As part of the leadership group, I’m looking forward to influencing the direction of the organisation, not only for ACG but as a contributor to NZ Inc.”

According to the Group’s Divisional Chief Executive Feroz Ali, Maclaren’s wealth of quality assurance and internationalisation expertise will bring big benefits to the organisation.

“With the recent growth of ACG into the tertiary space, and with opportunities for us to grow onshore and offshore, Maclaren’s appointment complements the already strong leadership team at ACG Tertiary & Careers.  I’m delighted to have someone with years of experience and policy making join our group,” he said.

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