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The Waikato Region’s Education Sector

Waikato is home to a variety of leading education providers across all educational levels. A growing education and training sector contributes to the diverse range of skills around the region and reflects on the growing number of both domestic and international students that call Waikato home.

Education in the Waikato  

The Waikato education sector has something for everyone. The region is home to a range of popular tertiary institutes, from the world-ranked University of Waikato to the Waikato Institute of Technology and Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.  

It has excellent schools at primary, intermediate and secondary school level and a range of options for private training organisations and vocational training.  

Waikato education and training providers create career pathways through their close links with employers, most notably - but by no means exclusively - in the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Why Waikato?

Waikato is home to top-rated educational institutions at all levels of learning. The region’s tertiary providers offer the highest quality education in a broad spectrum of academic fields, while job and skills training providers are popular hands-on institutions. 

On top of its respected education providers, student life in Waikato is excellent. It has all the benefits of a safe, vibrant student city without the hassles of big city living. The student lifestyle in Waikato truly is one to be envied. 

The region is a relatively affordable, easy place to live in, and a diverse population makes it attractive for people from many different countries and cultures. It has a buzzing nightlife, a vibrant tourism sector and a whole host of recreational activities that capitalise on the great outdoors. 

There are good job opportunities, both in part time work and to support learning. For domestic students coming from outside the region, its central location means home is never far away.

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Te Waka and Education

Te Waka plays an influential role in supporting the Waikato education sector. Its Learn Waikato initiative is the first of its kind in the region, providing a free toolkit of marketing resources that showcase Waikato as an exciting study destination for students. 

Learn Waikato has a library of assets that education providers can use to appeal to international students, promoting greater cultural diversity and awareness within the region. By assisting marketing activities for a range of institutions, the initiative will provide a valuable economic boost to both providers and the community en masse.

The insights from the Waikato Business Sentiment Survey play a crucial role in shaping our strategic focus and advocacy efforts and enable our team to understand and support business owners, employees and investors at sector and district levels.


Workforce & Training

Get in touch with the training providers below that offer specialised training for the Education industry. Explore opportunities to upskill your staff and connect with students to build your talent pipeline.

Local Training Providers

Sector Initiatives

  • Gateway programmes are for secondary school students who want to explore job options while studying towards NCEA. They facilitate work-based learning opportunities for students, offering a vocational education pathway by providing hands-on experience in a real-world setting.

  • Smart Waikato partners with local businesses to deliver a range of practical and innovative initiatives that support rangatahi transitioning from education to employment. 


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