The West Coast Trades Academy is an exciting and very different training option for high school students on the West Coast, whether you are interested in hospitality or early childhood education, through to engineering and construction.
It means students can now work towards a National Certificate in Trade, while staying at school completing their National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA).
And the best part is – it’s free.
Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers’ advisor about joining the West Coast Trades Academy or apply online today.
Trades academies are part of the Government’s youth initiatives. They focus on providing more choices for young New Zealanders and giving them greater opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and talents through trades and technology programmes that are jointly provided by schools and tertiary education organisations.
The trades academy is open to year 11, 12 and 13 students at partners schools. Trades Academy students will continue to attend their school, taking their usual subject options, while one day a week they will attend the trades academy programme at school or Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Trades Academy students must make a two-year (minimum) commitment to the achievement of NCEA Level 2 and an Industry National Certificate. Students will also miss some ordinary school classes and may need to commit extra time to keep up with their learning and achievement in other subject areas.
Schools are responsible for enrolling and recommending students for the trades academy. Each school will have a coordinator (or contact person) responsible for trades academy students.
For more info go to wcta.ac.nz