Short Courses celebrates 40,000th milestone

18 November 2010

When Tracey Smith arrived at The University of Auckland Business School yesterday for a two-day Short Course on Mental Toughness, she was stunned to learn she had become the 40,000th person to attend a Short Course.

The Training and Quality Consultant from Kelly Services had just settled into her seat when Director of Executive Development Darren Levy announced the special milestone and gave her a hamper and a voucher for a free Short Course.

"It was a great surprise and it feels exciting to be part of Short Courses' success and to be here to celebrate with them," Tracey says.

"The learning environment here is very positive and supportive for people wanting to develop. It's a real gift to the business community to have access to something like this."

Tracey and her fellow participants had walked into the seminar room to find red balloons, red cupcakes and bottles of red wine on their tables to mark Short Courses' ruby milestone.

Before handing over to Jamie Ford, a seasoned adviser on mental toughness and emotional resilience, Darren explained the reason for the red decorations and shared some of the history behind the programme.

Short Courses started in 1996 to cater for business professionals and is now a multimillion dollar business with courses across almost every conceivable area of business, management and leadership.

"In the early years, we were delivering 30 to 50 courses to around 1,000 people per year. Now we deliver nearly 300 courses with enrolment numbers increasing steadily beyond 4,000 every year. We have cultivated the mindsets and skillsets of 40,000 people, so the programme is well positioned to keep delivering its vision of 'lifting the competency of the nation'," Darren says.

Courses are taught in the Business School's state-of-the-art Owen G Glenn Building, as well as in Tauranga, Wellington, Queenstown and many in-company programmes delivered across New Zealand and Australia.

"Successfully running over 2,600 courses for 40,000 people is a clear endorsement of our programme and evidence of the huge demand for professional development that is tailored and relevant to the needs of the business community," Darren says.

This week's milestone capped off a successful 12 months for the Short Courses team, which last year won the New Zealand Post Business-to-Business Award at the TVNZ New Zealand Marketing Awards.