About Us

Skills Active Aotearoa is New Zealand’s industry training organisation (ITO) for  sport, recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation and the performing arts. We are a government-funded organisation and our role is promote sport and recreation careers and workforce development, create world-class, nationally-recognised qualifications, and support workplaces to train staff.

That means providing employers and business owners with solutions for qualifying staff through recognising the training and experience they provide on the job. These solutions provide value to businesses and a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Industry training organisations are well recognised in New Zealand’s tertiary education sector and the qualifications developed by them are quality-assured by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Skills Active also:
  • Provides leadership on behalf of our industries with regard to workforce development, industry standards and skill development
  • Offers guidance and information about driving business outcomes through upskilling and qualifying staff
  • Supports businesses, trainers and trainees on their training and development journeys
  • Promotes the diverse career pathways available across our industries for further growth, and offers guidance and information about training to businesses and trainees
  • Moderates the assessment of the standards for quality assurance and to ensure consistency
  • Develops qualifications and resources that reflect industry need and add value
We are passionate about upskilling and qualifying your staff. We want your business to be successful on your training journey with us. From your first contact with Skills Active you will be assigned a learning support advisor (LSA) who will be your key point of contact with our team.

Our LSAs all come from backgrounds in sport and recreation, so they know what it is like to be in your shoes. Your LSA will help you to understand your qualification options, explain your obligations, assist you with your paperwork to get you signed up and help you develop training plans for your trainees.
Skills Active was formerly named Sport, Fitness, Recreation ITO (Sfrito).