Education campuses in Hutt Valley

Wellington Institute of Technology

Having Weltec education campuses in Petone is a fantastic boon for the Hutt Valley. Weltec is the largest provider of trade training in the Wellington region. 

They've established partnerships with leading NZ businesses to help students find apprenticeships and employment when qualified. Check out the wide range of diploma and degree study options on offer at the Petone Campus 11 Kensington Avenue.

The Learning Connexion

The Learning Connexion offers NZQA Art and Creativity qualifications. You can study on-site, at home, part time or full-time. The colourful campus is the largest art mural in the southern hemisphere! and is at 182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita

Open Polytechnic

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's specialist provider of distance learning courses. Students can stufdy at home, online or be correspondence. There are 8 specialist schools - 

  • School of Business
  • School of Commerce and Enterprise
  • School of Education Studies
  • School of Engineering, Trades and Construction
  • School of Science and Technology
  • School of Health and Community
  • School of Social Sciences

Open Polytechnic facilities are located in Lower Hutt.

Student information

Scholarships, grants and awards

There are a number of Hutt Valley scholarships available to local residents - 

Visit the Careers NZ website which provides helpful information and resources.

Student allowances and loans

Careers NZ shows you where to go with good links and information on student loans and allowances you may be entitled to.

You can get a scholarship to become a helicopter pilot (but the training's in Auckland)

Moving out of the Hutt Valley to study?


Studying in the Hutt Valley

We're fortunate to have a number of NZQA education providers in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt. See the list below (for a complete list of education organisations in the Wellington region visit NZQA website).

Hutt Valley NZQA education providers

Arts | Construction | Cultural based education | Education | Electricity | Finance and administration | Hairdressing and beauty | Health care and social assistance | Hospitality | Horticulture | Information media and telecommunications | Manufacturing | Outdoor and recreation | Professional, scientific and technical services | Public administration and safety | Support services | Transport, postal and warehousing | Other learning |


The Learning Connexion, School of Art and Creativity teaches sustainable creativity through art making and offers on-site, study from home, full-time and part-time study options
182 Eastern Hutt Road, Taita
Ph 04 568 0320 or 0800 278 769
Weltec diploma and degree courses in creative technologies

Weltec courses in construction trades located at the Petone Construction Site
18 Western Hutt Road
Ph 0800 935 832
Cultural based education
Kokiri Marae Keriana Olsen Trust (Lower Hutt) offers a variety of NZQA training programmes and qualifications for youth and mature students.
7 - 9 Barnes Street
Ph 04 939 7111
Orongomai Marae Community Centre Trust offers some courses
Ph 04 528 9639
Te Kaupapa Training Centre offers work skills training and cultural courses
19 - 27 Parkway Road, Wainuiomata
Ph  04 564 2326
Korero Maori offers a step by step guide to learning Maori. It's also a great resource for myths and legends, Maori proverbs and the history of te Reo Maori.
Ph 04 471-0244
EducationActs Institute of New Zealand specialises in training and finding employment in the Hutt Valley for youth and sole parents
65 Dudley Street Lower Hutt
Ph 04 569 1761
Capital Training delivers free NZQA foundation skills to youth and adults to develop work skills and literacy training.
9 King Street, Upper Hutt
Ph 04 470 7670

20 Raroa Road Lower Hutt
Ph 04 920 5120
HVT Ltd specialises in specific training for those entering or re-entering the workforce and for those in the workforce with the opportunity to learn or update skills.
Woburn House,
40-44 Bloomfield Terrace
Lower Hutt
Ph 04 939 008
Weltec foundation courses to prepare students for tertiary study
11 Kensington Avenue
Ph 0800 935 832
Workforce Development Limited courses in early childhood education
Lower Hutt Campus 330 High St
Ph 0800 569 6356 

Pacific Training Institute free courses in Employment skills. To prepare for successful employment, further learning and basic knowledge and skills for work.
Lower Hutt Campus, level 1, 40-44 Bloomfeild Terrace
Ph 04 384 1069

MCLaSS (Multicultural Learning and Support Services) offer free Workplace English courses to permanent residents, citizens and people who have applied for residency and who are interested in looking for work.
Email or phone 04 384 3693.
Electricity   Weltec courses in engineering trades
11 Kensington Avenue
Ph 0800 935 832
English (language)
English Teaching College (ETC) offer free English courses to New Zealand permanent residents and citizens.
Level 1, Woburn Hourse, 40-44 Bloomfield Terrace
Ph 04 385 00 66
English language classes Beginners and Next Step (booking required). Taught at Moera Community House. Ph 568 9836 or email
Finance and administration
Weltec diploma and degree courses in business studies
11 Kensington Avenue
Ph 0800 935 832
Hairdressing and beautyWeltec courses in hairdressing, beauty therapy and makeup artistry
11 Kensington Avenue
Ph 0800 935 832
Premier Hairdressing Academy 
336 High Street, Lower Hutt
Ph 04 570 0960
Health care and social assistance

New Zealand Red Cross offers comprehensive first aid training
31 Pretoria St, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt
Ph 0800 RED CROSS or
First Aid Specialists Ltd offers basic and comprehensive first aid training in the Hutt Valley for the workplace, school, rest home and new parents
Ph 04 479 7647
Weltec diploma and degree courses in counselling, social services
Weltec courses in funeral services
Weltec diploma and degree courses in animal health and husbandry
Workforce Development Limited courses in youth work 
Lower Hutt Campus 330 High St
Ph 0800 569 6356 

Barnard & Ya Holdings Limited provide NZQA courses in the hospitality and retail.
QV Building, 32 Nevis Street
Ph 04 569 9648
Weltec courses in hospitality covering food and beverage, cookery, hospitality management and event management.
Cuba Street campus, Petone
Ph 0800 WelTec (935 832)
Weltec courses in tourism
Cuba Street campus
Ph 0800 WelTec (935 832)
Workforce Development Limited courses in hospitality and food safety 
Lower Hutt Campus 330 High St
Ph 0800 569 6356. 

Earthlink Inc provides training and employment in gardening and recycling services for people living with mental health.
22 Eastern Hutt Road, Wingate, Lower Hutt
Ph 04 567 7111
Information media and telecommunications Step by Step Computer Training delivers customised Microsoft computer training solutions to a wide range of organisations and corporate clients in the Hutt Valley.  
Ph 0800 783 729
Weltec diploma and degree courses in information technology

PrintNZ is the Industry Association for the print, packaging and visual communication industries and offers workplace training courses, employment and training apprenticeships.
5 Daly Street, Lower Hutt
Ph 0800 654 455 or 04 569 2110 
Outdoor and recreationAcademy of Diving Trust provides tertiary training in economic, social and cultural requirements of the marine, aquatic, outdoors and recreational activities environment.
14 Waione Street, Petone, Lower Hutt 
Weltec diploma and degree courses in exercise science
Professional, scientific and technical servicesWeltec diploma and degree courses in built environment
Weltec diploma and degree courses in engineering technology
Public administration and safety

Fire and Emergency Training Solutions for staff training in emergency response, for the office and outdoor workplace environment.
10a Hollands Cres, Naenae, Lower Hutt
Ph 0800 FETS 4 U
Transport, postal and warehousingMaster Drive Services provides practical and in-class education and training to operators of all types of vehicles including heavy vehicles, light fleet vehicles, 4WD, buses, forklifts, specialist vehicles and plant.also provides driving instructor and workplace assessor training.
71 - 73 Port Road, Lower Hutt
Ph 04 566 2341 or
Other learningThe Salvation Army Booth College of Mission located in Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt view courses 
Ph 04 528 8628

Online courses (distance learning) in NZ

Learn for free with online resources!

(Bear in mind any certificates you gain probably aren't valid in New Zealand, so if you're serious about studying for career purposes, check this detail out before you start.)

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