UP Education acquires G&H Training Limited


  • New Zealand’s largest independent higher education group increases its presence in vocational training
  • Acquisition of two regional campuses and five learning support bases managed in the North Island
  • UP Education is well positioned to train more New Zealanders to fill some of the 4,800 new jobs expected per year in the construction industry [1]

New Zealand’s largest independent vocational training provider, UP Education, has acquired G&H Training Limited (G&H), a private training institution that provides vocational training and manages apprenticeships.

UP Education Group CEO Mark Rushworth says the acquisition allows UP Education to expand its professional training outside of Auckland, where it currently has three existing training centers operating under the NZMA brand.

“We are delighted to have acquired G&H, giving UP Education a much stronger regional presence with campuses in Napier, New Plymouth and
Whangarei, as well as apprenticeship programs run in Taranaki, Napier, Whangarei, Auckland and Hamilton, ”says Rushworth.

“G&H Training fits perfectly with UP Education given its emphasis on on-demand training and pedagogical excellence, and provides UP Education with the ability to deliver accredited managed learning.

“With 30 years of industry experience, G&H has a proven track record of delivering meaningful educational outcomes and providing students with the skills and experience they need to work successfully in an industry. trades that desperately need more staff.

“The training offered at G&H aligns strongly with the government’s investment in vocational training and apprenticeship, aimed at filling critical skills shortages in the construction sector. With G&H joining the UP Education group, we are well positioned to continue to develop the construction workforce of the future, ”says Rushworth.

Construction in almost all regions is expected to grow steadily through 2023. Expected growth includes Auckland by 26%, Waikato / Bay of Plenty by 22% and Wellington by 25%. The “rest of New Zealand” is expected to grow by 10%[2].

“To help fill our skills shortages, we need to increase our focus on training our local talent,” says Rushworth.

Targeted training and Learning Fund has been incredibly successful in attracting more people to the training and apprenticeship pool, but we must continue if we are to meet future demand.

Serving a wide range of learners from level 1 to level 4, G&H specializes in carpentry, construction, plumbing, gas installation and installation of drains.

Under the new owner, the day-to-day operations of G&H continue with its current management and staff. G&H employs 20 people and has agreements with over 100 employers for managed apprenticeships.

G&H Managing Director Geoffrey Goodchild says UP Education’s scale and expertise will support G&H as it continues to build a diverse workforce that will be critical to New Brunswick’s economic and social growth. -Zeeland.

“The G&H team is thrilled to join a national vocational training group of the caliber of UP Education.

“We have seen the incredible demand for professional training and managed apprenticeships over the past year, and with continued demand expected in the years to come, G&H looks forward to working within the group as we continue to provide provide students with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to be successful in a career in the trades, ”says Goodchild.

Last year, the number of apprenticeships managed increased by 17.6 percent (December 2020 vs. December 2019), with learners of all ages across New Zealand leveraging the Open Trades Training Fund to train for a career change.

G&H Managed Apprenticeship in Carpentry provides pre-employment training accredited by the NZQA as well as a four-year Managed Apprenticeship program that allows learners to work full-time earning a salary while learning skills and practical knowledge for working in industry.

[1] https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/work-in-new-zealand/job-market-key-industries/construction


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