We are Skills Consulting Group

The experts in developing people in the workplace.

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Who we are

​We are a full-service international consultancy – working with businesses, industry bodies and governmental agencies from all over the globe.

We have almost 30 years’ experience in workplace capability, and it’s that expertise – and our commitment to work closely with each client every step of the way – that has made us leaders in our field. We help our clients navigate exactly what they need (and what they don’t) and then work with them from initial development right through to implementation. With a tailored solution that’s designed to hit the mark.

We know that the best workplaces recognise that productivity and the wellbeing of people go hand-in-hand. People need to feel cared for and connected to their work – because it’s by unlocking the potential in people that we drive business growth. So with every solution, we make sure that people and their wellbeing are always at the very centre.

And that’s what makes us different.

Our Story

We started out in 1992, working with New Zealand industries developing standards and qualifications that helped businesses build success by upskilling their people.

We did that and we did it well.

So well that Skills became NZ’s largest Industry Training Organisation (ITO), with 25,000 learners, 12,000 apprentices and working with over 5,500 employers.

As we grew, we then brought IMNZ, CDL, Instep, David Forman, Softed, and Ignite into the fold – all businesses expert in workplace capability, learning & development, and employee wellbeing – and we became more than just an ITO. We became a full-service consultancy.

We became Skills Consulting Group.








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Meet our people

Our people are a diverse and talented group with expertise across a multitude of areas within workplace capability, people development and education consultancy.

We have experience working across both the New Zealand marketplace and internationally.

Our skill, our knowledge, our unique understanding of education consulting and capability building – as well as how to get the very best from your people by focusing on their wellbeing – means Skills Consulting Group is the team to call when you need hands-on assistance with building and upskilling your workforce.


Our Brands

Want us to help you help your people grow? Our stable of brands and our industry expertise will help you build the productivity and welbeing of your people – and take your business to the next level.

IMNZ has been empowering emerging leaders for over 70 years with the know-how to manage, inspire and motivate others to give businesses the best chance of success.

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CDL Insight Consulting (CDL) helps businesses build a more resilient workforce, which is increasingly important in today’s era of constant and rapid transformation.

They provide specialist outplacement and career transition services designed to build confidence in individuals, at the same time as leading the business through complex periods of change.

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​For over 50 years David Forman has been a leading provider of business training in Australasia.

Their heritage is in sales development however they are also trusted to design and deliver effective solutions in all areas of sales, customer experience and leadership development. Focusing on behaviour change, they are able to ensure that their clients develop better outcomes and results.

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Instep is passionately focused on people and their wellbeing. They improve business performance by designing health, wellbeing and support solutions specifically tailored to the individual workplace.

They have a caring and personable brand of EAP support that reflects the warmth of their organisation, as well as a willingness to work creatively to keep their members and employees safe and healthy.

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For over 30 years, Ignite Colleges has run a high-quality tertiary college focused on practical, real-world experience.  With an enviable reputation for providing strong employment opportunities, Ignite Colleges offers high demand courses, online and in person, in healthcare, early childhood education, cookery, hospitality, freight and logistics.  All courses are accredited by the New Zealand qualifications authority and taught by industry experts.

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SoftEd was first formed in 1990 as a result of a management buy-out of Datacom Education from Datacom Systems, one of Australasia’s largest IT services organisations.  

From start-up beginnings in New Zealand, we now operate from a network of offices that span Australia, Asia, New Zealand, and the United States.  Today we have built a team that boasts internationally recognised thought leaders in agility and offer a wealth of experience in building organisational capability and have helped some of the world’s best-known brands to grow their culture and capabilities.

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e-tec delivers high quality training and assessments to over 1,000 trainees each year through electrotechnology and telecommunications short courses, blended learning programmes and customised commercial contracts.

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Premier Institute of Education are innovative leaders in the education industry offering dynamic courses in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy, nail technician, and make-up.

Premier has several renowned campuses situated throughout New Zealand – in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. Using our practical, hands-on methods you’ll work towards nationally recognised qualifications that are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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Industry Connection for Excellence is a next generation training provider based in East Tāmaki and Otaki, servicing the North Island. We specialise in learning programmes for specialist trades; specifically Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (PGD) apprentices. Established in 2016, we are one of the only vocational training providers run by and for the trades themselves. If you learn with us, you will be taught by the people who were on the front line, with real world experience and insights to share. ICE is directly connected to industry, the experts on the tools.

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