WEST – West Auckland Enterprise Skills and Training is an independent, not for profit organisation with a long history of adult education involvement in the west Auckland community. 

WEST provide skills and training to access employment, develop an existing business or start up idea and to support initiatives to develop enterprising communities, where local residents, community groups, organisations and businesses contribute to & benefit from their local economy. 

We do this through WEST initiatives such as: 

WEST Driver Education – Driver Licence Preparation Courses to support people to prepare for and sit the Driver Licence tests. Courses include Learner Licence Theory Preparation, Restricted Licence Preparation, Full Licence Preparation, HV (Heavy Vehicle) Class 2 Theory Preparation Course, F Endorsement Forklift Certificate and OSH Operator Certificate. 

WEST Training – Courses and workshops to support people to upskill or gain employment including First Aid Certificate Level One, Two and Refresher courses, Food Hygiene Certificate Unit 167, HV (Heavy Vehicle) Class 2 Theory Preparation Course, Eftpos Training, Everyday New Zealand English - Beginner/Elementary, Intermediate and Reading and Writing 

WEST Work Ready – employment support programmes to support people into employment. Courses include support with CV writing, interview skills, online job search and applications  

WEST Means Business – workshops and courses to support small and home based business to grow including Starting a Business, Business Development for existing businesses and start-ups, IRD Business Health Check, Social Media Marketing for Small Business, Social Media Marketing for NFP Sector, Branding for Small Business, Credit Control for Small Business


Festival of Learning Expo - 1st September 2018 11am - 2pm at the Te Atatu Community Centre

Join us at the Festival of Learning Expo on the 1st September at the Te Atatu Community Centre and learn about the 100s of different courses, classes and workshops on offer in West Auckland. Adult educaiton takes many different forms, from the more formal courses like electrical apprenticeships, NZQA accredited courses and work place certificate courses to hobby and skill groups such as art, photography, cake decorating, model aircraft making and language courses. There will be courses that can upskill you into employment, or catapult you into different employment (like chef training courses, forklift licence courses), courses to learn a new skill for work, home or recreation (like dog obedience courses, first aid, sewing), courses to use in your travels abroard or at home (like language courses and culture courses) and courses to explore your own personal development (like life transition courses, dressing on a budget). There is definately something for everyone and who knows where your new found knowledge will take you. You can register to attend here (there is a $100.00 WestCity voucher up for grabs for those who register to attend).  https://www.facebook.com/events/1729661900464209/

Becoming Financially Fit Series

WEST is running a series of workshops on 'Becoming Financially Fit' - a range of workshops to learn about your money personality, learn tried and tested ways to save and even make money, set goals and start paying off existing debt, start your savings goals and learn how to borrow sensibly and reduce or even eliminate future debt. WEST have some exciting BFF workshops coming up including:

WEST Work Ready FREE Employment Support - Henderson

FREE Course in Henderson to get ‘job ready’

Support from an employment coach with:

  • Identifying work related experience and skills
  • Developing a CV and cover letter
  • Online job search, application and interview skills

Duration: Wednesday mornings over 3 weeks

Where: WEST - 9 Henderson Valley Rd, Henderson

When: Starting Wednesday 22 August 2018 - 9.30am - 11.30am

Cost: FREE

Phone 837 1471, email admin@west.org.nz to register or for more information. Check out the WEST Work Ready Facebook page for up to date job opportunities in West Auckland.


WEST News and Updates

A New Addition to Our WEST Room Hire Facilities - The Tui Counselling Room

WEST have provided counselling room hire facilities to local counsellors for many years, offering a private space for counsellors to meet with clients, parking on site and a reception area during office hours. After discussions with counsellors using our facility at Gilmour House we have opened another counselling space. We now have available the Fantail Room and the Tui Room. If you know your New Zealand native birds the Fantail Counselling Room is the smaller of the two and perfect for one to one counselling sessions or meetings. The Tui Counselling Room is larger and can accommodate family and couple counselling, employment disciplinary meetings, mediation and negotiation meetings etc. Our regular hirers can manage their bookings through the WEST online booking system. If you are looking for a friendly, private space to hold your counselling sessions then please contact us on 098371471 or email admin@west.org.nz and we will see how we can help you. For more information about the rooms we have available please look at our WEST Facilities Hire tab on the left of this page or follow the link: http://www.west.org.nz/Site/WEST_Facilities_Hire_2.ashx 

Housing Call to Action Network - Guide to Homelessness and Housing in West Auckland

WEST coordinated 'The Homelessness and Housing in West Auckland Hui' in Glen Eden where over 120 people from the housing sector and the community discussedwhat's working, what's not working and how we can work together to address the housing and homelessness issues in our community. As a group we compiled a list of services that support people who are homeless or have housing issues. The Guide to Homelessness and Housing Resources in West Auckland directory is available here .

F Endorsement and OSH Operators Certificate Course

WEST, in partnership with Salvation Army Employment And Education run a Forklift Course (F Endorsement Certificate and OSH Operators Certificate) at the WEST campus on Henderson Valley Rd once a month on a Saturday. Forklift operators are required in sectors like manufacturing, distribution, freight, port companies, forestry and retail. Running a specialist course requires a great deal of planning and support from our partners. WEST would like to thank The Pallet Company in Glendene for donating the pallets we used during the course and Salvation Army Employment and Education in Henderson for partnering with WEST to enable us to deliver this course in Henderson. If you would like to know more about obtaining your F Endorsement and/or your OSH Operators Certificate please give us a call, or drop in and see us at 9 Henderson Valley Rd.


 Waitakere WEA now trading as WEST: West Auckland Enterprise,Skills and Training.

Waitakere WEA is an independent, not for profit organisation with a long history of involvement in the west Auckland community.

Our mission is to provide skills and training to access employment, and to support initiatives to develop enterprising communities, where local residents, community groups, organisations and businesses contribute to & benefit from their local economy.

WEST provides quality community education courses targeted around building individual’s readiness for employment, and provides support for micro and small businesses to develop and grow. 

WEST supports small business and community initiatives to thrive in the local community, providing jobs and opportunities for people to support their local economy.

WEST seeks opportunities for delivery of wider community based provision to support employability and skill development of the local community including linking to opportunities at Westgate/Hobsonville.



Where to find us:

9 Henderson Valley Road,

Henderson, Auckland 0612.

We are within easy walking distance of the Henderson town centre, WestCity and the bus and rail station.



Parking at WEST is very limiited. Please park off site. There is a car park by Henderson Valley Road bridge and Corban's Hill on Great North Rd.

Contact Us

9 Henderson Valley Road,
Henderson, Auckland 0612
Phone: (09) 837 1471
Fax: (09) 837 1475
E-mail: admin@west.org.nz