Taranaki FEATS was incorporated on 18 March 1992. Our organisation was initially based in Stratford in the Public Trust Building’s on Broadway North. At the implementation of Taranaki FEATS, four courses were available for learners, these being Service Industries, Engineering, Woodwork and Motivational Youth.
The company was formed to operate training programmes for Taranaki adults and youth. Initially the programmes were purchased by ETSA, now Tertiary Education Commission, through Training Opportunities Programmes.
June 1993, Taranaki FEATS achieved registration with New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). This registration identified our ability to administer a Private Training Establishment (PTE). In 1995 Taranaki FEATS received NZQA accreditation meaning that all the appropriate learning packages were in place and to the required standard.
In late 1995 Taranaki FEATS extended their business into Hawera, based at several different sites, then based in our own building at 6 Princes Street, which opened in February 2001, known as Horizon House. This is where our course for Commercial Cookery was based in a fully functional commercial kitchen until 2010.
Also included in our Hawera training profile, was a course known as Flexi Training designed initially to help those with a particular pathway with units towards qualifications for Police Force entry, Care for the Elderly, Driving licences, Nursing.
The Woodwork course was the first to be relocated to our now permanent site on Juliet Street in early 1998 and was known as General Trades. Service Industries course, was temporarily relocated at the Salvation Army buildings on Fenton Street until completion of the new complex on Juliet Street known as Kowhai Lodge.
Vocational Literacy Specialists (VLS) was purchased in March 2003 operating out of Portview in Centennial Drive as a Private Training Establishment. Programmes were offered in the areas of TOPS and youth courses, private and workplace tuition. Part of our special character was that we were literacy and numeracy specialists offering programmes such as Café, Music Video Production, Flexi Youth Training, Literacy, Maths & More, Adult Literacy and Drivers Licence.
In 2011 our organisations of Taranaki Feats and VLS were merged to form one business now know as Feats.
Being a privately owned Government contracted training institute, there are no course fees charged to our learners, providing a strict criteria is met. Feats has survived because of our achievement of 70% destination outcomes – this being, getting our learners into the permanent workforce around Taranaki. Achieving this target would not be possible for us without the support of the local industry allowing us to place our learners in their work place for work experience.
Because of the rural situation we are in, a van is available to get our learners to the various sites. Also available is a travel subsidy for learners that are outside the van area.