The Learning Place

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All about The Learning Place

All about The Learning Place

 

Education and training are part of a person’s journey to success. Starting with a  vision of where you want to be, add some motivation, grit and determination and the journey is half way there. 

 Let The Learning Place be a part of your  journey to success by providing skills, knowledge and tools to help you along the way.

Whether you are doing one of our Schools’ Courses, a Health and Safety Module or your Licence Controller Qualification online it is our responsibility to make the learning experience as accessible, professional and rewarding as we can.

Head Office is in the tropical south in sunny Dunedin and we travel across the country racking up more flying miles than Richard Pearse (you know the kiwi guy who beat the Wright Brothers to fly first) delivering our range of courses.

All of our people are industry experts so they don’t talk through a hole in their head. We invest heavily in quality assurance meaning that we stand by our training 100% and are damn proud of it!

 

 

 

Pieter van de Klundert

Pieter van de Klundert

(B.A. History, B. Management and Innovation, Adult Learn Dip, member of the Institute of Directors)

Piet has the title of Director. Born and bred in tropical Dunedin, he has worked across the not for profit and for profit sector in senior management and leadership roles. He is committed to positive change in the education sector and a hell of an innovator as well. Passionate about empowering communities and individuals through education. Pieter loves his family, work, Dunedin, Cross Fit  and his dog.

 

 

Lori Bulger

Lori Bulger

Lori is our Information Manager. She provides an orderly and systematic approach to managing the huge amounts of administrative tasks with her extensive experience in the Office management sector. This enables The Learning Place to run at optimal efficiency with primary focus on delivering excellence in the day to day running of administration. Lori is your friendly voice on the end of the phone, happy to help with any of your enquiries. Out of work she is a loving wife and mother of two, with a passion for running, and in her quiet time (which is few and far between) a glass of wine, while enjoying her Peninsula View.

 

 

Kowhai Wilkie

Kowhai Wilkie

(BA Performing and Screen Arts, Cert. in English Literature)

Kowhai is our Trainer in the North Island - Her passion is working with youth to clarify and develop their carrer pathways. She grew up in a family of teachers and has always been inspired by the energy, creativity and potential of young people. Kowhai has a vast knowledge of the Hospitality Industry, having worked in Cafe's, Restaurants and Wineries. She used to work with youth in Northland, before starting her role as a trainer with The Learning Place. 

 

 

James Frood

James Frood

James is our Trainer for the South Island - He has a vast knowledge of the Hospitality Industry, having worked in cafes, restaurants, bars and sales. James is the volounteer coach of a Christchurch rugby team and he has 2 children, which keep him busy outside of work. He enjoys sharing his industry knowledge with students during his engaging learning experiences. 

 

 

Richard Sumpter

Richard Sumpter

Ricky is our Online coordinator. He joined us in 2018 and has a vast amount of Hospitality industry experience. Over the past 16 years, he worked in establishmants in Christchurch, Auckland, Timaru and Wellington before settling in Dunedin. During this time Ricky also owned and operated four businesses in the hospitality industry. Ricky has an active lifestyle with kids and dogs.

 

 

Yonina Jamieson

Yonina Jamieson

Bachelor of Arts Secondary Grad Diploma

Yonina has the esteemed title of Academic Manager. Yonina is a good ol’ Dunedin gal who attended high school and university here in Otago. She has been living in Wellington, working as Head of English at a secondary school, but has now returned home to work on her southern tan. Yonina is incredibly passionate about education and instilling a love of learning in today’s rangatahi. In her free time, she enjoys tackling DIY projects with her husband and ordering too many dishes from the menu because she just can’t decide.

Dane Oates

Bachelor Arts & Science, Double Major Philosophy & Psychology, Minor Maori Studies

Dane is our Academic and Information Support Coordinator. Ko Ngāti Apa tōna Iwi, ko Ngā Wairiki tōna Hapū. Hailing from Rūnanga, on the West Coast of the South Island, Dane is passionate about wellbeing. With experience in education, youth counselling and sexual violence prevention, Dane brings an element of manaakitanga to the role of support coordinator. Administrating TLP’s online schools platform, Dane aims to be as accessible as possible for students and teachers. Dane is also passionate about music, and has been regularly performing across New Zealand for a number of years.

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