Studying at the New Zealand Institute of Skills and
Technology (NZIST) will give you the skills and
experience to work anywhere in the world.
We’re strengthening our vocational education and training system to make it more supportive, flexible and relevant to workplaces.
Our 16 state-owned Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are being unified into a single national institution, the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST).
It’s a new way of learning to give you the skills to achieve your goals in life.
No matter who you are or what stage of life you’re in, you’ll be given the education and pastoral support you need to thrive.
You’ll be supported to grow and achieve, and you’ll be part of a community of learners who share your goals.
While you’re studying in New Zealand, you’ll experience manaakitanga – a Māori word meaning hospitality and kindness.
Manaakitanga is one of New Zealand’s most important values, and it’s why you’ll receive a warm welcome here.
If you're a student with a student visa enrolled in a full-time programme, you may be able to work*:
You may be able to apply for a post-study work visa which will allow you to work for up to three years in New Zealand after you graduate, depending on what you study and where you study.**
If you gain the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs, you may be able to stay here for longer – or even live here permanently. You may be able to apply for a further work visa or residence visa if your job is on our skills shortages list.
New Zealand’s innovative tech sector needs all kinds of workers, including software engineers and developers, project managers and business analysts.
New Zealand needs more of almost every type of engineer, including chemical, civil, electrical, industrial and environmental engineers.
Workers are needed in many agricultural areas, including as supervisors and managers. We also need workers in agricultural-related sciences.
New Zealand has many overseas-trained healthcare workers and needs many more, including doctors, nurses, psychologists and midwives.
If you know where you want to study, you can contact your chosen education institution directly to ask for more information.
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