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Project Aotearoa.


Getting people back to work


Education will play a pivotal role in getting New Zealanders back to work and we’re deeply committed to supporting New Zealand as we navigate through the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Project Aotearoa was launched by UP Education to support New Zealand’s workforce as part of COVID-19 recovery.

“Retraining employees whose work has been impacted due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 has been identified by the government as key area of focus, helping get people back into jobs and supporting economic recovery.” 

Mark Rushworth, UP Education Group CEO

Our offering 


Offering opportunities from UP Education’s vocational colleges with campuses across New Zealand, displaced Kiwis can undertake free education and retraining across industries like early childhood education, health and wellbeing, trades, technology, management, creative industries and beauty therapy.

To date, free upskilling, retraining and education opportunities are being offered to over 7,000 people whose employment has been impacted this year due to the affects COVID-19.

The education-led initiative has seen UP Education partner with Air New Zealand, Flight Centre and The Warehouse Group to support employees who have been made redundant, put on furlough or had their hours significantly reduced as part of Covid-19 workforce restructures.

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