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qualifications were achieved by learners in 2018 across all five campuses at Levels 1 – 6
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of our learners passed their driving licence – 182 learner licences, 70 restricted licences and 11 full licences
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of our Youth Learners moved on to a positive destination after leaving People Potential

Welcome to
People Potential

People Potential started as a small family business in 1991 when founder, Sandra McKersey, a passionate school teacher, decided to start a training establishment in Whangarei.  People Potential has grown from a tiny team in central Whangarei to a company employing more than 100 people, who are not only friends to the founding family of People Potential, but whānau.  

Originally located in Whangarei, People Potential has grown over the past 20 years and now has established campuses in Dargaville, Kaikohe, Papakura (Auckland) and Hamilton.

Our Mission

To recognise the potential, lift the aspirations and enhance the education of each individual.

Kia mohio ai te puumanawa moe, kia hiki ai te tumanako, kia whakakaha ake nei te matauranga o ia tangata

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We can develop a learning plan specifically for you, so you can continue to reach your 2020 goals.

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Our Student Successes

I have always been mechanically inclined, and when I saw the opportunity to develop my interests and skills through the Electricity Supply programme at People Potential, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in. As a young father, learning valuable life-skills through the Foundation Skills qualification such as budgeting, how to work as part of a team, and committing to a real cause, has changed my perspective on life and how I approach situations. My next adventure is pursuing the apprenticeship I have been granted with at Northpower. 

JACCIA COOPER

ELECRTICTY SUPPLY - WHANGAREI CAMPUS

I was having so much difficulty getting through to the later stages of interview processes in the Business and Technology industry because I did not have the right administrative qualifications. After completing my Business Administration Level 3 and 4 qualifications, the awesome team at People Potential recognised my potential and helped me secure employment at Youth Service as a Youth Coach.  I love communicating with the rangatahi in Whangarei and the computing experience I gained through study helps me in my everyday job.  I love the fact that People Potential help you achieve your goals even after you have graduated.

MATTHEW DENNISON

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION & TECHNOLOGY - WHANGAREI CAMPUS

The last two years I have spent at People Potential have been incredibly beneficial to me.  I have learnt lots of new skills, especially in the Hospitality industry, that are very useful in the kitchen at home.  Our Hospitality Tutor is awesome, he helped myself and other students throughout our qualification so that we achieved and were constantly motivated to achieve our goals.  I was lucky enough to get to do driving lessons to work towards getting my Restricted Licence and that has helped me become a much better driver.  I have got my NCEA L1 & 2, Foundations Level 1 & 2, Hospitality L2 and am about to sit my Restricted Licence test in December.  Next year I plan to join the Tourism Industry. 

ALAYAH APIATA

HOSPITALITY - PAPAKURA CAMPUS

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Ben Barrows - Forces & Sport

WHANGAREI CAMPUS

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Anna Marie - NCEA, Foundation Skills and Study & Career Preparation

WHANGAREI CAMPUS

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Natasha - Hospitality & Retail

WHANGAREI CAMPUS

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Jerome Romez - IT & Computing

WHANGAREI CAMPUS

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Jessa Cortez - Business Administration & Technology

WHANGAREI CAMPUS