Awards, Donations, and Sponsorship

The Career Academy has received a prestigious award for being a finalist in the Westpac Business Awards – Excellence in Customer Service Delivery!

Michael Barnett, Chief Executive at the Chamber of Commerce presented the awards at an event at Villa Maria  in front of hundreds of prominent business owners. We were compared against companies such as Air New Zealand and only a handful of businesses made it into the finalists for the Auckland Central region (including one of our industry partners, My Food Bag). We spoke to the judges after the announcement and they said The Career Academy succeeded through to the finalist stage through showing consistent dedication to world-class customer service and demonstrated its commitment to students through its amazing sales, academic, tutorial, accounting, IT/website and student services team.

Making it into the finalist stage is absolutely amazing and we are so proud of this achievement. Each and every staff member at The Career Academy plays  such an important role in ensuring the success of every single student that comes through The Career Academy, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams.

We will continue to put students first and provide world-class customer service.

The Career Academy took home the Best of the Best Award for Excellence in Strategy and Planning award at the prestigious Business Awards in March 2018. Thank you so much to all our industry partners for your amazing support and for everything that you do to help our 20,000+ students achieve their goals and dreams.


In November 2016, The Career Academy was recognised for it’s exceptional 270% growth by the Deloitte Fast 50 awards. We came an impressive 35th facing powerful and inspirational competition in the business arena. We are thankful for our past and current students for helping us spread the word about our high standard for student care. We here at The Career Academy are passionate about our online courses and we want everybody to know it. We are incredibly lucky to have an eager to please work-force who do everything in their power to provide the best possible service to our customers which in turn reflect on our healthy sales figures and exponential growth.


In 2017 The Career Academy was honoured as part of the Deloitte Fast 50 index, for the second year running achieving a massive 678% growth! We were the sixth fastest growing business nationwide this year.
Our CEO, Daniel Hunt, said “Over the past ten years, we’ve had the satisfaction of seeing how our quality education enriches and changes our students’ lives. To now also be recognised by our peers in the business world is extremely rewarding.”

The Career Academy has been accredited by CPA Australia (CPA) as a Recognised Employer Partner! CPA have recognized that our organization has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing high quality learning development programs and support to our employees and students. Thank you CPA – we are proud to play our part in helping to improve the knowledge and professionalism of the accounting industry. Pictured is Tony Adams, Tutor Manager at The Career Academy accepting the award from Rick Jones, Country Head, NZ, CPA Australia.

Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ) has awarded The Career Academy’s company accountant, Swayam Soni a Certificate of Merit for achieving one of the highest exam results for his recent CA Program module!

Pictured here is Jeanette Ross-Smith, Relationship Manager at CAANZ presenting the award to Swayam at The Career Academy headquarters. Jeanette delivered an amazing presentation to our team, highlighting the importance of recognising staff and students who deliver outstanding performance. Swayam has now successfully completed all the required modules to become a qualified Chartered Accountant. He completed PASS Workshops before every exam and said Prep2Pass was the key to his success in the CA Program!”

The Career Academy helps to raise $20,000 for Spirit of Sharing.

The Career Academy’s director swapped his suit and sharp pencil for a buoyancy aid and kayaking paddle recently. Daniel Hunt took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete against NZ Olympic Champion sprint canoer, Lisa Carrington, to raise funds and awareness for a great cause.

Along with about 200 other business owners, Daniel was attending Nurture Change 2016 in Fiji where Lisa was one of the motivational speakers. Her presentation was so exhilarating that it inspired some of the delegates to come up with the race idea – and fortunately Lisa was more than happy to oblige! Eager participants were divided up, some individually, others in pairs. It was a 100-metre sprint.

What were the results? “Well, I came third,” says Daniel, “but Lisa won by about 50 metres!” he laughs.

The participants had chosen to support the work of Spirit of Sharing. This charity’s ultimate goal is to enhance the lives of more than 1 million youth in the Asia Pacific region through educational, sporting and fitness projects. The $20,000 raised by this particular event is being put towards their project to bring twelve young Fijians to Auckland for the 2017 Festival for the Future.

The Festival “is about celebrating what’s possible.” Young entrepreneurs, musicians, scientists and students gather together for one weekend to connect with all kinds of people, and develop their skills and ideas for a better world. It’s been described as “New Zealand’s most inspiring event.” More than 550 people attended in 2015, including emerging leaders from 20 Pacific nations.

“This was an amazing chance to ‘give back’ and make a genuine difference for some young people,” explains Daniel. “Spirit of Sharing and Festival for the Future are all about improving lives and opening doors to new opportunities. I like to think that’s what we do at The Career Academy too. We help our students to grow and develop, and reach their greater potential.”

We’re looking forward to bringing you part two of this story next year, as we hope to meet up with the young Fijians whose NZ visit we’ve supported. Watch this space…


The Career Academy partners with Annah Stretton to help education women in prison!

The Career Academy recently partnered with famous fashion designer Annah Stretton to help educate women in prison. Inmates now get access to several TCA courses at a very small cost to help prepare them for success in the workforce when they get out. The work Annan Stretton and TCA is doing with inmates is  having a gig impact on their lives. This is what TCA is all about – changing people’s lives through education.
RAW is a charitable social venture set up by Annah Stretton to work with female offenders to replace amplifying criminal activity with scholarship education and negotiated work. For anyone wanting to get involved in RAW or donate, please contact Annan Stretton directly