I've been at this institute for a few months. Unlike a lot of the students studying here, I took a certification in web development over three months. There were so many problems that I ended up not finishing the course and applied for withdrawal for which I only got a partial refund.
First of all, don't ever assume that this place is a quality education provider. IT'S A BUSINESS. Their number 1 priority is making profits and gaining funding. They will not hesitate to hire under-qualified lecturers just to fill seats in a classroom. They also have a no refund policy after 8 working days so you only get about a week to realise you've made a big mistake. Withdrawing within this first week will also cost you $500.
The lecturer they hired was completely incompetent and even admitted himself that he mistook the course content when applying for the job. After discovering this fact, I applied for a withdrawal from the course.
However, there is no one more frustrating to deal with than the Dean. It took 3 months just to deal with the withdrawal process because he claims he is so "busy". He takes weeks to reply to emails and offers little communication.
If you are looking to get certified in software or complete a diploma, you will waste your money and time studying here. There are so many better places (like Industry Connect or even Yoobee) than here. There is very little support for its students and they will only look to you to make money. I hope my bad experience will prevent future students from making the same mistake I did. I just wish there was someone to tell me this so that I didn't have to end up losing $1600 to gain nothing in the end.
Hi there Please read a few points if you think i am going overboard here, also any student that had gone here 1+ years ago this was not the same institution in ownership or staff.
*$17500 for a 9 month course diploma that I have failed and nothing to show for it but pain and anger. (To put it frankly i could have paid $14500 and been given a whole correspondence bachelor that i feel would have given me more support)
* I was recommended ames by someone who had gone when it was under previous management, I doubt I would ever trust a recommendation to go to a private institute ever again as it was a terrible experience.
*if you are an international student there was no support if English is not your primary langue and the teachers accents are quite heavy.
*if you do have an issue be ready to deal with one of New Zealands conglomerate Private Education Provider let me tell you right now you are nothing more than a person they can sign up to debt and push out the door or manipulate with offers of jobs or cash bonuses to get the next group of suckers through the door.
*I have openly talk with another student who was paid money to say good things about this school in their brochure, also if you believe they will find you a job this only happens for students that they preference so if you don't look presentable or have bad work ethic you can write off the job placement. Of a class of 18 or so only 3 maybe 4 landed opportunity to even get an interview.
*throughout my time at ames i watched them systematically remove all the long standing staff that where the heart and soul of the school (of course this was not until after they had passed the NZQA evaluation which in my opinion i would say they smudged the figures to get through in the first place)
*the worst part of my experience was the stupidity of the senior management like the dean whom managed to believe on the recommendation on one of his teachers for the record he lacked the CCAI qualification and decided it was a good idea to remove the only teacher at the institute whom had this qualification right before a new group was to start the CCNA course. This meant as students we had to wait for a teacher to sit this needed qualification considering course we paid $$$ we received a poor product. This cost his students whom paid a premium price without logins to their CCNA course work and shifted a very hard course to complete in 3 months to a course that had to be completed in 2 month 1 week.
I think i could call this a school as much as i could call it cash cow for a board of rich owner whom do not care about their students (with a puppet dean and staff that are there dare to do the bare medium in the name of money) anyone who is thinking of going i hope you read this and thinks twice about being leveled with debt and a poor education.
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