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Success Stories

What our students have to say

Everybody has a unique background and story to tell. 

Below are some of the fantastic students that we have had the pleasure to help and get to know.

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Graduate Sharntelle

After a childhood and career fully immersed in Maoridom, single mother of three Sharntelle Hall was ready to broaden her horizons. Her Solomon Group studies boosted her English and Maths and opened her eyes to a diverse line up of career options. Now the world is her oyster and she couldn’t be happier.
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Graduate Stevie

As a single mum with nine kids, Stevie Kipa’s entire life revolved around being a parent. WAM has been the stepping stone she needed to break out of her comfort zone and move forward for her family.
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Graduate Balwinder

Balwinder Singh is not your average teenager. The highly-motivated 18 year old is the only male to have ever completed WAM, and now he is on the road to becoming a successful mechanic - and even more importantly - a great dad.
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Becoming a lawyer

When new migrant and stay-at-home mum Linda Walker was looking for a way to upskill and make friends, Solomon Group’s Whanau Ara Mua programme seemed like the perfect solution. Little did she know it would also be the launch pad to an amazing career as a lawyer.
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From graduate to tutor

Rose had done voluntary community work for almost 30 years, home-schooled her children for 15 years and spent one year in our Whanau Ara Mua to find her self-confidence. Now she’s inspiring more people take ‘me time’ while still raising their tamariki and supporting their whanau. .
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Graduate Christina

Being made redundant from a job she loved was a huge blow for Christina. But now, thanks to Solomon Group, she’s back on track, with an awesome new job and newfound confidence.
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Graduate Amanda

Amanda has been a stay-at-home mum for 16 years. During that time, she has applied for hundreds of jobs, without success. But now, thanks to Solomon Group’s 12-week Contact Centre Training course, she’s got a bright new career and a whole heap of confidence. Amanda is only the second person to get 100% for the Auckland Council Contact Centre IT test EVER!
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Graduate Mapa

She has had her fair share of setbacks, but now single mum Mapa is sitting pretty with an exciting new job as a CSR at Auckland Council.
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Graduate Margaret

Solo mother of four Margaret says the 12-week course did much more than prepare her for a contact centre job. It transformed her life, and the lives of everyone she studied with.
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Graduate Alicia

As a chemistry teacher with a master’s degree, Alicia has spent more time in the classroom than most. But she says none of it has been quite so rewarding as the 12 weeks spent studying contact centre at Solomon Group.
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Former Whanau Ara Mua Student - Clare

With only months before graduation, Clare is excited at the prospect of completing and graduating for the first time despite many obstacles throughout her life saying, “I lost all my confidence, I would walk with my head down but through this course, I walk with my head up and we love each other”.
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Graduate Gina

Whanau Ara Mua (WAM) Graduate Gina is now the top student in her Nursing Class. Gina stopped by the Panmure Campus recently to see her former Whanau Ara Mua tutor to share how she's been going since she graduated from the WAM programme last year.
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