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My Career Pathway

  • Semester 1 starts 31 January 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 17 July 2017 (Otorohanga)
  • Semester 2 starts 18 July 2017 (Rotokauri Campus)
  • 6 Months 
  • Fee Guideline: * Fee free (under the Youth Guarantee scheme)

My Career Pathway (Trades)

(An Introduction to Trades)

  • Semester one 2017:
    • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton
    • Otorohanga (Manufacturing and Technology Pathway only) * Fee free (under the Youth Guarantee scheme) and * Fee free for domestic students (subject to conditions).
  • Semester two 2017:
    • Rotokauri campus, Hamilton

Interested in getting involved in a trade but unsure which one best suits you? My Career Pathway is a level 2, project-based vocational programme where you'll gain the skills you need to move into entry level employment or further education pathways.


You can choose to study one of the three following strands and vocational pathways:

  • Manufacturing & Technology: Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
  • Construction and Infrastructure: Building, Plumbing and Gas Fitting, Electrical Engineering
  • Fresh Green Start:  Horticulture, Arboriculture, and Landscape Construction  

You'll learn a range of skills through fun hands-on project-based activities.

Examples of the types of projects you may work on include:

  • Folding skateboards
  • Ball throwers
  • Community gardens
  • Planter boxes
  • Retirement village letter boxes
  • Children's picnic tables
  • Toy trucks

My Career Pathway (Fresh Green Start)

  • Semester one : Rotokauri Campus
  • Semester two : Rotokauri Campus 

Fresh Green Start, is a vocational pathway within My Career Pathway that will give you a taste of Horticulture, Arboriculture and Landscape Construction.

It will be hands-on, learning usable skills which will provide you with skills for employment in the horticulture industry or pathway onto higher learning.

All students enrolled full-time on My Career Pathway (Fresh Green Start) receive free personal protective clothing.

Download Pathway Flowcharts

Please click the images below to see a pathway diagram for Trades or Fresh Green Start:



Fresh Green Start


Programme Structure

Not sure what to study?

In the first two weeks of your programme you'll get a chance to explore all pathways through taster workshops, where you'll then get to choose a pathway that best suits you.

Throughout your programme you'll receive a high level of support from your industry- qualified tutors in a whānau- based learning environment.

You'll work with your whānau tutor/coach to build an individual learning plan to visually plot your personal journey  and goals.

Project-based learning

Project based learning is  hands-on and makes learning fun and interactive.

You'll work within your class to identify a suitable community and its needs, then with support from your tutor, your class will develop, create and deliver a project that will meet the needs of that community.

Once your class has completed your project the final outcome will then be donated to the designated community it was designed for.

What you will achieve 

In just 6 months you'll learn core skills and capabilities such as self-confidence , trades skills and knowledge, literacy and numeracy and you'll also gain 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills level 2
  • As well as 60 credits in a vocational pathway
  • And a further 20 credits which will count towards the NCEA level 2 qualification

Entry Criteria

There is open entry to this programme although you must be a minimum of 16 years old at the commencement of your programme

Download the full programme regulations:​

Entry Criteria

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