Apprenticeship and Trade Training Opportunities
Apprenticeships mix work, training and study to give people hands-on experience and help them to make a great start in their careers. Find out all about Trades and training in New Zealand at the Got a Trade website.
The Top of the South Trades Academy was set up to help secondary students succeed. The goal is to give students:
- more reason to stay at school
- a greater chance of career success
- an easy transition into work or tertiary education straight from school
The Academy is a partnership between secondary schools such as Nelson College across the Top of the South, the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), and Whenua iti Outdoors.
Students accepted in to the Trades Academy complete NCEA at school, while at the same time working towards a National Certificate in a Trade. Training is one day a week at campuses in Richmond, Nelson , Whenua iti Outdoors or at select schools.
Applications are open to year 12 and 13 students who have at least NCEA Level 1, and are focused, committed to learning and keen to work towards a career in the trades. Speak to Mrs Phillips, the Trades Academy Coordinator for Nelson College. Read more on the TOTSTA website or download the 2018 Trades Academy Brochure.
Nelson College runs two trade programmes: Trade Building (Yr 12 & 13) and Automotive and Industrial Engineering (Yr 11-13) are popular with students. Contact Kieron Cleary to find out more.
Gateway opens a pathway from school to the world of work. This course offers Year 11–13 students one day a week in an industry work placement, which gives an opportunity to blend school study with workplace learning and experience. It delivers a hands on approach to learning that leads to nationally recognised industry qualifications.
Students who wish to apply for acceptance on the Gateway programme must submit an application form and attend an interview with the Careers team in Term 4. Prior to a work placement, students need to demonstrate to the Careers team a level of responsibility and a work ready attitude.
Gateway is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).