Auckland-based independent vocational education provider, Up Education, has acquired G&H Training, a private training establishment delivering trades training and managed apprenticeships.

Serving a wide range of learners from Level 1 to Level 4, G&H specialises in carpentry, construction, plumbing, gas fitting and drain laying. The G&H managed apprenticeship in carpentry delivers NZQA accredited pre-employment training as well as a four-year managed apprenticeship programme allowing learners to work full-time earning a wage while gaining practical skills and knowledge to work in the industry.

Up Education has more than 30 campuses in 10 locations across Australasia and its group chief executive, Mark Rushworth said the acquisition allows the company to expand its trades training outside of Auckland, where it currently has three existing training facilities operating under the NZMA brand.

Rushworth said: “We are delighted to have acquired G&H, giving Up Education a much stronger regional presence with campuses in Napier, New Plymouth and Whangārei, along with managed apprenticeship programmes in Taranaki, Napier, Whangārei, Auckland and Hamilton. G&H Training fits perfectly within Up Education given its focus on delivering in-demand training and educational excellence, and provides Up Education with the capability to deliver accredited managed apprenticeships.

“With 30 years of industry experience, G&H has a proven track record in delivering meaningful educational outcomes and equipping students with the skills and experience they need to successfully work in a trades industry that is desperate for more staff. The training delivered at G&H strongly aligns with the government’s investment in trades training and apprenticeships, aimed at addressing the ongoing critical skill shortages in the construction sector. With G&H joining the Up Education group, we are well placed to keep developing the construction workforce of the future.”

Under the new ownership, G&H’s day-to-day operations will continue with its current management and staff. G&H employs 20 people and has agreements with more than 100 employers for managed apprenticeships.

G&H managing director, Geoffrey Goodchild, said the scale and expertise of Up Education will support G&H as it continues to train a diverse trades workforce critical to New Zealand’s economic and social growth.

He said: “The team at G&H are pleased to be joining a nationwide vocational education group of Up Education’s calibre We’ve seen the incredible demand for trades training and managed apprenticeships in the past year, and with continued demand expected in the years to come, G&H is looking forward to working as part of the group as we continue to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to thrive in a career in the trades,” says Goodchild

Date published: 4 October 2021

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