HLC Focus

HLC's Primary Role and Focus within the Community

HLC Mission Statement:

“A place of learning providing quality education, training and employment outcomes for our clients and our communities”

How we see our role within the local Community


  • is a multi-programme provider of high quality education and training programmes to all people, including those who identify as having a disability
  • is developing a reputation as a first choice learning institution
  • has an established reputation as second chance learning institution
  • provides for all ages (school leavers, adults, local business community)
  • provides pre-employment programmes designed to prepare students for employment
  • provides stair-casing to higher educational qualifications

HLC into the future

HLC's primary focus is to provide a secure and supportive training environment for the unemployed people of the region.

  • historically our core business has been in providing second chance learning and training and that will continue
  • our current focus is to also promote HLC as a first choice for learning; our intention is to become the preferred provider for students seeking training in our selected vocational fields.
  • a clear need has been established for additional short course programmes, which provide staircased options leading to work opportunities through higher learning and qualifications for the people of our district.
  • recent Government initiatives have provided new opportunities for service provision which diversifies away from courses to one-on-one assistance towards employment.

In 2018 HLC will provide:

  • Training opportunities for students (aged 18+ years) funded by MSD; these courses are at no cost to students, but they need to meet strict entry criteria.  This course is a broad-based lifeskills and employment skills programme designed to improve employability and good citizenship.  The goal is employment.  
  • Youth Guarantee training for young people (aged 16 – 19 years) and funded by TEC (at no cost to students).  The students are enrolled on one of three pre-employment training and recreational skills courses - Hospitality, Computing, Foundation Skills Level 1 or Foundation Skills Level 2.
  • Training for fee-paying students in industry-specific certificate courses (Security, Cookery, Health and Wellbeing, Business, Food & Beverage, Exercise & Sport) up to level four on the NZ National Qualifications Framework.  Security courses held in Palmerston North and the Health and Wellbeing Programme held in Levin and run in conjunction with UCOL.
  • A community-based Employment Services Programme, working with nearly one hundred people with disabilities, 60+ of whom are in paid employment.  This programme is funded by the Ministry of Social Development. 
  • Train for Work programme.  HLC Employment Consultants work with trainees to find on-the-job training opportunities in a wide range of industries.
  • Short security industry partnership training courses in conjunction with businesses and the ITO.  This is a Work and Income–funded Straight to Work programme for 16 trainees.
  • Upskilling the reading, writing, numeracy and computing requirements of an employee's job.  This year we plan to work with local companies providing one-on-one (or small group) training.