The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is required to review all New Zealand tertiary-level education providers, including Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) but excluding universities, through an External Evaluation and Review (EER). In our 2013 EER, NZQA judged us “highly confident in educational outcomes” and “highly confident in the capability of self-assessment”. This put us in the highest grouping of tertiary education organisations in New Zealand.
In their report, downloadable from the National School of Aesthetics provider page on the NZQA Web site in the next few days, NZQA said:
- “High employment outcomes are achieved.”
- “NaSA has both excellent resources and staff.”
- “The staff members are a cohesive team, willingly sharing resources and teaching approaches.”
- “The school benefits from high levels of involvement of its co-founders, whose passion and commitment serve as the glue binding the different parts together.”
- “NaSA … has emerged [from the quakes] as a resourceful, experienced and supportive [school].”
- “NaSA consciously strives for high standards of academic achievement. … The students recognise this and have succeeded in achieving high standards over a number of years.”
- “[NaSA’s] primary goal is to produce graduates ready for the workplace.”
- “The suitability of NaSA’s graduates for immediate employment in clinics was attested by a number of clinics contacted… A typical response was that a clinic has employed many graduates from a range of [education] providers, yet prefers NaSA’s graduates as they have better knowledge and are more likely to have international qualifications.”
- “The students are also conscious of the very good reputation of NaSA and frequently cited this as the reason why they chose the school.”
- “NaSA strengthens the value of the outcomes by maintaining ongoing relationships with the graduates and the clinics in which they are employed.”
- “Typical of the feedback from the clinics was the comment from one owner who visited other training providers in her job and, ‘noticed the quality of workmanship from students and how NaSA far surpasses all of these! NaSA has a fantastic way of approaching the client, the skin and body.’”
- “The management team at NaSA has wide experience of the industry. The programmes are focussed on the needs of the learners, clarifying these in the interviews that take place before the students enrol.”
- “The new premises are luxurious … providing a range of modern machines along with modern techniques… In this way and others, NaSA matches its courses to the needs of the industry.”
- “NaSA benefits from an experienced, stable and well-qualified teaching staff.”
- “…The teaching is highly effective at NaSA… The relationships between the students and tutors are positive, and [the students] expressed how helpful the tutors are.”
- “NaSA provides effective support to the students… ”
- “Both ITEC and CIDESCO praise the high standards at NaSA. The CIDESCO examiner’s report in December 2012 stated that, ‘The school has a lovely warm environment with dedicated staff — all conducive to nurturing education and building a solid foundation.’”
NZQA rates us as one of the top beauty therapy providers in New Zealand, and supports this by interviewing students, graduates, clinics, and industry. Our own research has shown, as of 1 August 2013, there are only 2 other tertiary education organisations (TEOs) offering beauty therapy training in New Zealand that NZQA has rated as “highly confident” in both educational outcomes and capacity of self-assessment.
In the South Island, we appear to be the only TEO that NZQA has rated as “highly confident” in both educational outcomes and capacity of self-assessment.
The National School of Aesthetics consistently and continually demonstrates our commitment to producing a high standard of education and an excellent standard of graduates for the beauty therapy, nail technology, and spa therapies industries.
Scott Fack is the Director of Operations at the National School of Aesthetics. He remains one of the beauty therapy education industry’s leaders in compliance requirements and quality management systems.