Ara Institute of Canterbury provides a variety of services to individuals and businesses in North Canterbury.

Business Development

By creating strong relationships with businesses throughout North Canterbury, Ara’s Business Development team aims to contribute to the success and prosperity of the region.

We can help you to increase your business’s productivity and efficiency by providing solutions for upskilling your employees. Professional development for your staff can include online courses, workshops, block courses and qualifications up to degree level.

At the same time, your industry expertise can help inform our departments and the content of our programmes, which in turn ensures that Ara graduates are equipped with precisely the skills and knowledge required in the workplace. You may also be able to provide Ara students with work experience, internships or a managed apprenticeship.

Our Business Development team would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how we can work together. Contact us at

Ara Connect

If you’re seeking new skills for work or personal development, head to Ara Connect based at Rangiora Highschool. You can choose from a wide range of free, non-assessed courses which you can study at your own pace and at times that fit around work, family and other commitments.

We also have a free NZ Certificate in Computing Level 3 for intermediate users, and the NZ Certificate in Computing Level 4 for the advanced user (has a fee).

You can learn how to use devices such as smart photos and tablets, improve your typing ability, or gain skills in common tools like email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Docs. You can also study a New Zealand Certificate in Computing for free.

If you’re looking to increase or broaden your business-related skills, Ara Connect Rangiora offers a number of courses including Xero, accounting basics and MYOB.

All Ara Connect courses are guided by helpful, experienced facilitators in modern, well-equipped classrooms. It’s easy to enrol - just drop in with ID and talk with one of our friendly team about what you’d like to learn.


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