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Information Technology courses in New Zealand are Now Available for Filipinos

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Businesses, in order to compete globally, has to innovate according to the demands of the times. With its growth, information technologist was beside it all.  The demands for information technologist pervade the front-end process of businesses. Organization and methods analyst, Business analysts, Systems Analysts, Database Programmers are needed to address problems in procedures, models, methods, and organizational structures while integrating technology. Software developers, Software Testers, Multimedia Specialist, Security Programmers are apt to make client experience easy while ensuring that clients return for more.

New Zealand has in particular listed these as one of the long term skill shortage of the country. Global Quest is in partnership with prestigious schools in New Zealand that offers Information Technology courses. No less than 90% of their I.T. graduates are able to find employment right after graduation.

Filipinos who intend to have a career in New Zealand as information technologists may do so, following any of these tracks:

1. High school graduates, particularly those who will graduate in Senior High school of the new Curriculum following the Tech-Voc track of Information Technology or Computer-related courses, might get a head start in their I.T. career in New Zealand by earning 2-year Diploma in Information Technology.

First year: Diploma in IT Networking Technology and Administration (Level 5) or Technical Support (Level 5)

Second year: Diploma in Information Systems – Business Analysis (Level 6) or User Experience (Level 6) or Cloud and Virtualization (Level 6)

Student may opt to specialize in Networking Technology Management by taking Level 5 on the first year and Level 7 on the second year.

2. College undergraduates of any field with at least 3 years of I.T.-related work  experience OR  graduates of a degree in any field with less than 2 years I.T.-related work experience may begin their I.T. career in New Zealand by earning a Diploma in Information Technology Level 7 (Networking Technology Management) for one year.

3. Graduates of Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology-related qualifications may begin their IT career in New Zealand by taking Diploma in Software Development (Level 7) or Networking Technology Management (Level 7) or Graduate Diploma in Software Testing (Level 7) or Advance Cloud Technology (Level 7).

To take the course, recent work experience and/or further formal I.T. training for at least six months is required only when the student is more than 21 years old.

Features of these I.T. tracks:

1. The Diploma in Information Technology Level 5 gives the student an opportunity to complete the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Cloud Computing (MCSA).

2. The Diploma in Information Technology Level 7 gives the student an opportunity to acquire the Cisco certification including CCNA Route and Switch, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice and CCNP Route and CCNP Switch.

3. The Diploma in Software Development Level 7 gives students the skill to develop mobile applications on the Android platform.

4. The school has invested heavily in the network equipment that students can use in the practical component of the courses. This makes I.T. graduates from this school more competitive among their peers in New Zealand.

5. The Migration track is also within reach. A post-graduate work visa is guaranteed for Level 7 qualifiers in New Zealand or for those who finished the 2-year I.T. course. While holding a student visa, students are allowed to work 20 hours/week. Graduating in this qualification and having the required minimum number of years in I.T.-related work in New Zealand gives a higher probability of approval for residency applications.

For Filipinos, special discounted school fees are available. If you have inquiries or if you want to get started right away, contact us now.

I am an IT graduate of STI-Davao last April 2014. I had only less than one year experience in programming at my home country. Global Quest was recommended to me by my classmate in STI, Marc Comia, who also was able to enter New Zealand through the same agency. I found Global Quest’s staff reliable and efficient with the work that they do. Upon submitting all the required documents, it took only less than a month for my visa to be approved. I immediately left for New Zealand last May, 2015. I studied Diploma in Computing Software Development Level 7 at Cornell based on Java and Android platforms and while studying, I worked casual part-time as Web Developer in an IT company in Auckland. I would say, I am blessed to find Global Quest. Now, I hold a permanent job and got my residency last April, 2017 – Keith Loise Gulayan


Global Quest Immigration Consultancy is an authorized educational agent of several schools in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Singapore and UK. You may reach us by the numbers 09173088674 or leave a message or set an appointment on the side panel of this webpage. 

Don’t Just Learn To Be A Chef… Be A Chef in New Zealand!

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Demand for professional chefs has rapidly been increasing in New Zealand for the past few years. But to be eligible to work as a chef in the country, you must have at least a Level 4 qualification in cookery to apply for work visa/residency in the country. Unfortunately, cookery courses in the Philippines is generally below New Zealand’s Level 4 requirement.

The good news is, Cornell Institute of Business and Technology offers courses that bridge this gap. The school offers a Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5 and Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5.  The school campus is located in Auckland, which is the largest and most populous urban area in New Zealand. It has three new and well-equipped commercial cookery facilities and a training restaurant and barista service area. This provides 30% more practical kitchen experience for students than they can have in any other culinary schools in the country. Since 2009, no less than 90% of its graduates were able to find jobs related to the qualifications they gained. This has made the school renowned in Auckland – not only because it provides quality education, but also its graduates are very highly employable.

The following are culinary tracks that Filipinos may take to be able to get a promising career in New Zealand as a chef:

1. Graduates of Senior High school especially those in the Tech-Voc Track on Culinary Arts and who are at least 18 years old may start off this track by taking a Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5 for one (1) year and proceed to Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5 for another year.

2. College undergraduates or graduates of a degree of any course with most recent background in culinary arts, either by other formal training or work experience, may take 2 years Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5.

One can opt to have a Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5 only for one year, but the student must be able to find work related to the qualification gained immediately after graduation in order to apply for work visa/residency. Otherwise, the graduate must continue to study to earn a Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5 on the second year. This option may however change according New Zealand’s immigration policy.

Features of the culinary track:

1. UK City and Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation (Culinary Arts and Patisserie) can be gained along with Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5.

2. UK City and Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation (Culinary Arts and Patisserie) and Diploma in Professional Cookery Level 5 can be gained along with Diploma in International Culinary Arts Level 5.

3. Migration is now within reach. Obtaining two years culinary qualification guarantees a one-year post-graduate work visa. The current immigration policy provides that by obtaining this qualification, plus a full time permanent job, one can already apply for residency.  Since there are more work opportunities related to culinary arts, a graduate who is able to find work during his/her job search visa has better chances of obtaining approval in subsequent work visa/residency applications.

Details on the course can be viewed in the school’s website. For Filipinos, special discounted school fees are available. If you have inquiries or if you want to get started right away, contact us now.

Global Quest Immigration Consultancy is an authorized educational agent of Cornell Institute of Business and Technology. You may reach us by the numbers (+63)222-1264 and 09173088674 or leave a message or set an appointment on the side panel of this webpage. 

Why studying in New Zealand is a compelling option for Filipino students










The realities of education in the Philippines

Don’t you know that there are a number of substantial jobs available in the country? And yet, unemployment is a daunting perennial problem in the Philippines. Upon scratching the surface of this seemingly grave imbalance, we will immediately realize that only few qualify for those elusive jobs. Most of the graduates that our schools have produced have acquired skills that are not what employers are particularly looking for. Either schools have not prepared them enough for specialized skills – where most of the graduates fall; or schools have produced graduates that are in reality, not in demand in our country, but rather in other countries – where most of our graduates, particularly in nursing and HRM, fall.

The problem of having graduates who lack the skill for gainful employment is currently looked into and being addressed jointly by government agencies such as TESDA, CHED, and DOLE. However, this is not the one I would like to talk about, but rather the problem facing the other kind of graduates – those that are seriously looking into going abroad to practice their professions.

The problem of not getting successful entry to other countries lies, among others, to the lack of qualification systems that meet international standards. This has a direct effect especially to graduates who seek employment abroad only to find out that their professional qualifications are not recognized internationally.

Taking tertiary education outside the Philippines seems to be the emerging factor to being able to successfully enter another country for most students. It saves one time, money and effort in studying and applying for work abroad. The minimum age requirement for diploma courses of most first world countries is 18 years old, given that there is a sufficient 12 years of formal education gained in the originating country. Young graduates may also have to consider taking courses in other countries to meet the educational requirements for employment abroad.

Now, why New Zealand?

The advantage of studying in New Zealand

Aside from the fact that New Zealand is known for its pristine landscapes that provide students the backdrop for extreme outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving and water rafting during weekends or holidays, there are three compelling reasons why Filipinos should consider studying in New Zealand.

  1. New Zealand has a countless number of schools that offer government-certified and internationally-recognized high quality education.

The New Zealand government has set up nationally recognized processes of quality assurance of its education, and one of the government-appointed bodies is the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). It approves and registers all courses and national qualifications offered at polytechnics and private training establishments (PTE’s), and accredits and registers PTEs as well. In order to offer NZQA approved courses, a PTE must be a registered provider with NZQA. Its education system is also based on the British model, and thus its qualifications are recognized as equivalent in countries such as Australia and the UK.

  1. The opportunity to earn even while studying.

Student visa holders may work to a maximum of 20 hours a week during the semester and may work full time during holidays and school breaks. While this may be a window of opportunity to earn abroad, this should be treated as a “cherry on top of the cake” or “a siding on a dish.” But yes, sometimes the cherry or the siding looks yummier than the cake or the dish. As long as the number of working hours is within bounds and you keep at par with the academic performance requirements, availing of such privilege shouldn’t be a problem while studying in New Zealand.

  1. Strong student support

Schools in New Zealand have high professional standards, supportive learning environments, and a strong focus on student welfare. The New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students ensures that international students are well informed, safe and properly cared for during their studies in New Zealand.

Most international students in New Zealand go for business studies, hospitality and computing courses, all of which have a high demand for employment as well as permanent residency.

To discuss this promising opportunity in more detail, an orientation will be jointly conducted by Global Quest Immigration Consultancy and Cornell Institute of Business and Technology, a private training establishment registered by NZQA, and passed the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care. It offers a wide range of fields of study – from business, computing and hospitality courses, all accredited by the NZQA.

One of the highlights during the orientation is the introduction of a course that gives alternative career pathways for Filipino nurses in New Zealand. Furthermore the said course has just been recently approved by NZQA. To know more about Cornell Institute of Business and Technology please click on the link .

Be updated with these new developments in New Zealand and take advantage of this opportunity!

Details on the Seminar/Orientation

Date     : February 25, 2014 (Holiday)
Time     : 2:00-4:00 pm
Venue  : Dear Manok
Tiano Brothers Street, Cagayan de Oro City,
Misamis Oriental, Philippines


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Who can take advantage of this exciting opportunity?

Students and graduates of courses such as nursing, HRM, education, business, information technology and computer may benefit from this seminar/orientation.

What can you do now?

Note: This event has already passed. To get updates to upcoming events and opportunities please take time to do one or more of the following:


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