Ahikaa Programme Pathways and Delivery
What will you achieve through AHIKAA?
The programmes cover:
• The principles of entrepreneurship: How entrepreneurial are you?
• Identifying your special skills and talents
• Starting or growing a business
• Finding your motivation
• Increasing your performance
• Negotiation skills and working with others
• Financial literacy
• Understanding numbers: making numbers meaningful
• Mastering cashflow analysis and taxation.
Summary of the AHIKAA programmes
|Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2-6 hours). Suitable for all ages. Action-packed session providing a ‘taste’ of entrepreneurship education, in the ‘Ahikaa’ way of teaching and learning.|
|Flashpoint||Basic, Intermediate and Advanced stages (averaging 40 hours per stage) for 11-13 year olds that meet international Business Education, Technology, Leadership and Math standards. Participants may choose to complete one, two, or all stages. A NFTE certificate is awarded at the successful completion of each stage, which is recognised in 16 countries and 47 American States.|
|Ignition||Basic, Intermediate and Advanced options (averaging 40 hours per stage) for 14-17 year olds that meet international Business Education, Technology, Leadership and Math standards. Participants may choose to complete one, two, or all stages. A NFTE certificate is awarded at the successful completion of each stage, which is recognised in 16 countries and 47 American States.
(Flashpoint and Ignition only)
|Intensive, youth-focused Basic and Intermediate programmes (two weeks). Participants learn the basics of entrepreneurship and business, produce a Business Plan, and receive internationally recognised ‘Bizcamp’ Certification.|
|FireUp programmes are suitable for individuals & groups aged 17 and over, or for whanau wishing to attend with children 10 years or older. Focus is on individual and group (eg. whanau, hapu) enterprise and development. Programmes are delivered to meet community needs (evenings, weekends or school-hours). Basic, Intermediate and Advanced ‘NFTE’ curriculum is provided, with ‘fast-track’ options to NZQA Level 4 and 5.|
|NZQA Certificate, L4||The Certificate in Business (Entrepreneurship) is an NZQA-accredited Level 4 qualification. Participants cover the Basic and Intermediate curriculum in depth and produce high quality business plans. Business plans and ideas are assessed by a panel of experts who provide constructive feedback and pathways forward. Assistance to access seed or start-up venture capital may be provided.|
|The Diploma in Business (Entrepreneurship) is an NZQA-accredited Level 5 qualification. Participants engage with the Advanced curriculum and ‘My Beautiful Business’ Business planning tools for Manufacturing, Service or Retail enterprises. Professional, detailed and in-depth business plans are produced, and a panel of experts provides detailed assessment and feedback. Assistance to access seed or start-up capital may be provided.|
AHIKAA programme delivery
AHIKAA’s programmes are designed to provide the tools for individuals and groups to set goals and ‘make it happen’. They are based on both personal empowerment and community engagement and so – depending on community need – are held in collaboration with marae, community centres, church and educational facilities. Regardless of where the each course is located, all have an emphasis on experiential learning which builds upon existing strengths and life skills and contributes to developing confidence and improved educational and career pathways.
- Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers guide participants towards achieving the practical knowledge and skills to be a successful entrepreneur.
- Courses are run in a variety of modes – including weekend, evening, and block courses. Textbooks, workbooks, business planning guides and practical experiences are provided.
- A minimum of 15 participants are required to provide an Ahikaa programme. Please contact us to discuss how we may be able to run our programmes for you.
The programmes run for various lengths of time and which one is right for you will depend on what you are hoping to achieve. Courses range from 3 hours (BizIntro/Firestarter) to one year (Level 5 Diploma) and are held in evenings, on weekends or during the day.
Post-programme support occurs through alumni networks and regional, national and international services
In order to make our programmes accessible to as many people as possible, AHIKAA seeks funding and support from a variety of public and private sector organizations. This means that, wherever possible, programmes are run at minimal or no cost to the participants.