Why Choose BEST?
There are so many benefits to studying with BEST, but the main benefit is that we’ve been making a positive difference in the lives of our Pacific students and their families for well over 20 years and we have a proven track record in empowering our students to succeed.
BEST Graduates secure employment and build a sound career track because our courses are aligned with the demands of the Auckland job market. At BEST we work with Auckland employers to ensure that our courses are meeting their requirements for skilled employees.
For example, many of our students study Business Administration at levels four and five and this leads to entry level supervisor and management roles across a diverse range of business fields.
Over 1800 students, 1300 of whom are Pacific peoples, are enrolled at BEST in vocational and higher vocational education. We are very proud of their achievements, which are reflected in our performance results.
Outstanding performance results – our students achieve
Don’t just take our word for it - check out our students' performance results for 2009
Graduate employment results
BEST has a proud history of graduate success
For example in 2009, over 69 per cent of our graduates went on to secure skilled employment and 14 per cent went on to further or higher study.
A Proud Fact
Graduate Destination Results
BEST is proud to be the number one provider of education to Pacific people in New Zealand, and Tertiary Education Commission data confirms our ability to outperform other providers when it comes to delivering educational results for Pacific students.
The Private Training Establishment (PTE) sector is hugely diverse in terms of the size of individual PTEs and the level of training they are able to provide.
BEST is the largest PTE by over 1000 Equivalent Fulltime Students (EFTS), and over 30 per cent of the total number of Pacific students in the PTE sector are enrolled at BEST. This means that proportionally we teach the highest number of Pacific students in New Zealand.
Flexible learning environment - study, have a life and earn
Many of our students have part time or full time jobs or they have children and other family commitments. With Fresh-e Learning you get the best of both worlds – face to face teaching and online learning at home – we even provide a computer and Internet connection for the duration of your programme*
Our caring staff will help you fit study into your life - and support you all the way.
BEST people – careers and employment
At BEST we are extremely proud of the fact that many of our students are offered a permanent job by the company where they do work-based training.
BEST is particularly focused on student achievement in level four and five qualifications because these courses are aligned with the demands of the Auckland job market.
For example many of our students study Business Administration at levels four and five, and this leads to entry level supervisor and management roles across a diverse range of business fields.
We know this because we work with Auckland employers to ensure that our courses are meeting their requirements for skilled employees.
BEST People, our very own Careers and Employment Service Centre provides you with:
- A career plan
- Assistance to develop industry relevant CVs
- Profiling or identifying your strengths so you can market yourself to employers
- Interview techniques
- Work-based training placement
- Employment opportunities
- On-line job search tools and resources via Fresh-e website
Setting you on the path to higher learning
Many of our students get a taste for learning and want more! As a result, BEST has a long history of facilitating our graduates to go on to higher qualifications – at BEST and also further afield, through our strong connections with other tertiary institutions.
In 2009 for example, 40 per cent of our students went on to further or higher study at BEST and other tertiary institutions.
Supporting you all the way
When you join us you become part of the BEST family, and we offer dedicated support to help you through your studies and in all areas of your life during your time with us.
NZQA accredited and approved qualifications
Our programmes are NZQA accredited and approved – that means your qualification will be nationally recognised.
BEST External Evaluation and Review report (NZQA)
The 2010 NZQA External Evaluation and Review (EER) findings for BEST Pacific Institute of Education are Highly Confident for BEST’s educational performance and its self assessment capability.
This is the highest rating given out by NZQA, and has earned BEST the maximum four yearly review period.
As one EER panel member commented “BEST is as good as it gets”.
Read the 2010 NZQA EER report for BEST here
Great facilities and locations in South and West Auckland
We have five fantastic campuses in South and West Auckland located in Manukau and Waitakere.
Our partners – church, school, business and community
At BEST we put great emphasis on the strong relationships we have with our communities, in particular churches, schools and businesses.
Our partnerships help us provide a better service for our students and graduates, and enable us to take the BEST message, that “education is both worthwhile and within reach”, to more people.