About Us


We help New Zealanders develop the skills they need to work. You might want to enter the workforce, learn new skills, get back into work or find a new career you’re passionate about. Whatever it is, we’re here to help you get there.

We’ve been providing opportunities to learn and grow for individuals, communities, businesses and government departments for more than 20 years. We offer a friendly, personalised and supportive service to guide you on your journey into the Kiwi workforce and beyond.


We’re a private training company owned by a trust. We’re a small, approachable team dedicated to helping Kiwis develop into successful members of the New Zealand workforce. We began as a small company in Napier and have grown into a well-regarded training organisation with campuses in Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Auckland.


We work with and support a wide range of New Zealanders from young people in school, school leavers, professionals, business owners and government departments. We offer a truly personalised service to foster individual growth and success.


Aaron Shackell-Smith


Aaron comes to Workforce Development from a number of years in senior management at education providers around New Zealand.

Anne Greenhalgh

Head of School

Anne is a strong advocate of foundation education, particularly the development and delivery of programmes that build confident learners, who in turn help build strong communities.

Tracy Jack

HR Manager

Tracy is an experienced HR Manager who has worked in a variety of organisations. She understands that it’s the people in a business that help it succeed and that those people must be supported by good HR practices.

Jess Brown

Sales & Marketing Manager

Jess has more than 10 years’ experience in sales and marketing but it’s at Workforce Development that she’s found her calling.

Kelly Wardle

Head of Department Foundation

Kelly has been with Workforce Development since the beginning of 2017 and has worked within the education sector for more than 15 years in various roles from teaching to management.

Nick Richmond

Head of Department Social Services (Acting)

Having worked for many years in the field of education, Nick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Workforce Development in his interim role as Head of Department Social Services.

Jan Crawford

Head of Community and Work

Jan has been working in education her whole life and is passionate about helping people to communicate more effectively and use their numbers to solve problems and work efficiently.