John Henry Institute 2017-11-29T14:45:44+00:00


The John Henry Institute is a local training provider committed to supporting residents and businesses to find their purpose and reach their potential. We work with the community and industry to identify and meet the training needs and help local people get local jobs.


The John Henry Institute, or JHI as we like to call it, is your local training provider. We are the newest service area under the St Agnes’ Parish umbrella that is committed to delivering the same high quality service and excellence in care that the Hastings has come to expect from the region’s Catholic education services. We have organically grown with our students and we are still committed to meeting their training needs. We want to continue to share great learning experiences with our students, and now graduating school is not the end of our journey.


We believe that not all learning needs to occur in a classroom. This means we can tailor our training to the industry or employer context. We also know that in our community, a lot of people have skills without formal training. We can also use innovative approaches to recognising the skills people have and not focus on how they acquired them.


It’s great to feel confident and prepared when you finish your studies and enter a workplace. This is easier if you have had a chance to work with the latest technology available. That is why JHI utilises industry and education partnerships to provid great opportunities for its students.

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JHI is well connected and enjoys access to some of the most technologically advanced facilities on the Mid North Coast

  • Aged care facilities
  • Wood and metal CNC machines

  • CAD CAM labs
  • 3D printers
  • Large commercial kitchens
  • Automotive workshops

Get Hands On With JHI Technology


JHI partners with employers to ensure that the training content matches the needs of the workplace. In some cases, training can be delivered on the job and through skills assessment activities. We are your professional learning and development experts. We will work with you to achieve the outcomes you need.


JHI students benefit from the mentoring, care and support of staff to successfully complete their training. Be inspired and supported through your learning journey. Studying with JHI will provide enrichment to both your personal and work life.


Industry experts and teaching professionals, with real world experience, ensure that apprentices and trainees gain valuable skills and experience through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Speak to JHI to get involved!



Father Donnelly responds to JHI arrival.

It arrived quietly without fanfare but it was the realisation of a dream which had been around for a long time. The John Henry Institute is a venture into the tertiary education, a natural progression from the secondary vocational education provided by Newman Senior Technical College. Originally conceived by the former Principal of Newman, Adam Spencer and progressed by the present Principal Steve Pares, it finally took shape with the expert assistance of Roger Bush. I sometimes think about the forty years during which we provided training to senior students in Port Macquarie and the number of young people (many not so young now) who went on to provide much needed skills to our local community and beyond. It is indeed a matter of pride for our Parish of St Agnes to have given something of such value to our community. It has come at a cost but it has been money well spent. At the heart of the endeavour has been the presentation to students of those great human values which Christianity brought to the world. The Institute will continue to promote that vision of the dignity and value of each human person. Congratulations to Steve Pares and Roger Bush and the Industry Board who have been generous with their time and support for the endeavor.

Fr Leo Donnelly

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Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system and was designed to support education and training for individuals in NSW and make it accessible to everyone. Under Smart and Skilled the NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course with the eligible student paying the balance.

Visit the official Smart and Skilled website here.



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Suites 5 & 6, 68 Clarence St,
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444

Phone: 02 6583 2321