Effective Upskilling

Lucille Hatley, programme manager for postgraduate business SIT2LRN

Running a business can be rewarding but often hectic, and busy routines rarely allow business owners the freedom to effectively upskill, retrain or gain advanced knowledge to help push their business in the right direction. The Southern Institute of Technologies distance learning faculty SIT2LRN offers this opportunity. Flexible part-time learning that’s covered by the Zero Fees Scheme means business owners can gain a qualification across a broad range of subjects, including business, marketing and management.

The qualifications on offer are varied, from Certificates that give basic broad knowledge and skills right up to Masters level, allowing for specific research-based study.

The Masters of Applied Management is aimed at management professionals and recent graduates, both domestic and international, wishing to undertake an advanced programme of study in order to prepare for further research or to assist with obtaining a more senior position.

The Bachelor of Applied Management programme aims to produce graduates with the personal and professional skills necessary to be successful in demanding and evolving business environments, whether locally, nationally or internationally. With strands in marketing, HR, event management, OSH and project management, this degree programme offers a blend of theoretical and practical learning, with an emphasis on applied knowledge and skill. High importance is placed on the development of the soft skills for management (such as communication, business writing, presenting, interpersonal and problem-solving skills) in addition to the development of specific business knowledge and skills.

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) allows employers and managers to effectively apply and obtain skills in how to sustain and motivate teams within the working environment. It includes skills in policies and procedures, legislation, communication, workflow and time management.

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) will give graduates the technical knowledge and skills to develop a small business plan, develop and implement systems to monitor performance and finance, as well as an introduction to skills in marketing, managing staff and human resource process.

Enrolments for 2019 are open now, so check out www.sit.ac.nz for more information on how you can get the skills needed for business success.