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Upskills marks a significant milestone


It’s been 10 years since Holly Patterson and Sarah Balfour gathered around a kitchen table in Glen Innes. They devised a plan to transform their vision of changing lives through education and learning into a tangible reality.

It all started with a single client and numerous korero between these two wāhine toa. Reflecting on this journey, they shared their inspiring story with guests during a vibrant 10-year Birthday celebration hosted at the Upskills office in Onehunga.

The outpouring of messages from past learners, clients, and employees has been overwhelming. It echoes the business’s success, one that is intricately woven into the lives of many who have been part of its journey.


Here’s a selection of highlights from some of the messages we’ve received.

…As you celebrate this remarkable milestone, I want to congratulate you both on 10 years of making a difference. Your leadership has not only built a successful organization but has also fostered a culture of growth, learning, and empowerment of which I was privileged to be a part for a couple of years.

Loma Rodan
Former Upskills Programme Coordinator


Wow, 10 years! Kudos to Sarah and Holly for growing our workforce, especially advocating for our minority groups who are always struggling to communicate in the workplace.

I have learned and gained so much knowledge within the 3.5 years of working with Upskills and am forever grateful to Sarah and Holly for always believing in me and my own potential.

They have a true walk-the-talk mentality and leading from the front. I have no issues recommending Upskills and their mahi as I know the quality and standard are always high and learner-centred.

Korelli Mulitalo
Former Upskills Programme Coordinator

That’s awesome news. Congratulations on your ten-year commitment, that’s a huge milestone, a decade!  Your guys’ mahi is so valuable to people that need that help or skills to get across the line.  Awesome mahi Upskills does.  Once again, congratulations!

Mack Conner
Dempsey Wood Civil, Whakapuāwai Graduate

Mack Connor, Dempsey Wood
Sharon Scott, Ritchies Transport

I would like to congratulate Upskills on its 10th birthday.  I have had the pleasure of working with Upskills over the years in three different organisations. In each organisation they added considerable value not just to the company but more importantly, they have changed the lives of individuals. 

They have enhanced their day-to-day life and inspired many to go on to further study.  The gift of mana and matauranga to many is something worth celebrating!

Thanks for all you have done. Kia kaha!

Sharon Scott
Director of People
Ritchies Transport Holdings LTD

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Upskills Ltd.

Address: 93 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland 1061
Free parking: 120 minutes, Gerrard Beeson Pl.
Phone: 09 622 3979