Trade Training Opportunities
Nelson College has a state of the art Trades Centre designed to prepare students who seek employement in the building and construction, and automotive industries as a future career path.
Many of our students are work ready and seeking apprenticeship opportunities throughout the year.
Nelson College encourage employers to make contact with the Careers Department if they are seeking to employ a school leaver.
Careers, Gateway and Trades Centre staff are willing to make recommendations and connections between school and the workplace. Students can be placed in your workplace through voluntary work experience or the Gateway Programme.
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 senior 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), Whenua iti Outdoors and Connexis.
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 Trades Academy Full Course Brochure.
Nelson College Gibbons Trades Centre
Nelson College offers 20 trade related courses including: Trade Building, Automotive Engineering, Engineering and light fabrication, Industrial Engineering, Basic joinery, Carpentry and Food and Hospitality.
Industry visits are incorporated into the course and students can be offered voluntary work placements if desired.
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 into the Gateway Programme must discuss this with the Gateway Coordinator as places are limited. Prior to a work placement, students need to demonstrate to the Gateway Coordinator a level of responsibility and a work ready attitude.
Gateway is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).