Trades and horticulture students

My Career Pathway (Trades)

New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 2)


Course details

My Career Pathway (Trades)

(An Introduction to Trades)

  • Feb 2020
    Jul 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fee-Free or Youth Guarantee
  • Level 2
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus

Semester one:

  • Rotokauri Campus, Hamilton 

Semester two:

  • Rotokauri campus, Hamilton. Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm 

Students can choose one of two strands:

  • Manufacturing & Technology: Automotive, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering; or
  • Construction and Infrastructure: Building, Plumbing and Gas Fitting, Electrical Engineering

My Career Pathway (Horticulture)

  • Jul 2020
  • One semester
  • Full-time
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fee-Free or Youth Guarantee
  • Level 2
  • Hamilton Rotokauri Campus

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

All students enrolled full-time in My Career Pathway (Horticulture) receive free personal protective clothing.

Note: Otorohanga campus also has limited provision for fee free domestic students who do not meet Youth Guarantee criteria.


This programme has been designed for 16-19 years old looking for a future in practical, hands-on work and an outside office.

My Career Pathway is a FREE* six month programme that will help students learn the practical skills, life skills and confidence they need to continue training at Wintec or in the workplace through apprenticeships.

For the first two weeks, students will complete an introduction programme which will give them the chance to try out the three pathways (Manufacturing and Technology; Construction and Infrastructure; and Horticulture) through a series of taster workshops. At the end of the introduction students will be able to choose which pathway suits them best. 

Whatever pathway they choose, students will be taught in a fun, interactive way with a focus on getting out there and ‘just doing it’. We build lessons in maths and literacy right into the practical work, using real situations to teach. Students will also work on a community project together.

Find out about the programme, and hear from our students in the videos below

What you will achieve 

In just six months students will learn core skills and capabilities such as self-confidence, trades skills and knowledge, literacy and numeracy and also gain: 

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills level 2, and
  • Credits in a vocational pathway, and
  • A further 20 credits which will count towards the NCEA level 2 qualification

Hands-on, project-based learning

With My Career Pathway learning is fun and interactive, with a focus on getting out there and ‘doing it’. Students will get to work on real projects (have a look at some examples here) that will help them gain the skills needed in their chosen pathway.

Even learning maths and literacy is hands-on because we build lessons right into the practical work - using real situations to teach.

Students work with their class to identify a suitable community and its needs, then with support from the tutor, the class will develop, create and deliver a project that will meet the needs of that community.

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

Whānau room:  

Another feature that makes My Career Pathway so unique is our whānau room. The whānau room is a central hub that focuses on students' health and well-being while providing them with a full range of support in a safe and nurturing environment. The Kaiāwhina (whānau coaches) will help students develop their life skills and a plan so that they can be successful in all areas of their life. Students will work on fun projects and develop trades skills, while learning about themselves and how they operate in real world situations.

The whānau room sessions are student driven so, students direct the learning - based on what their needs are.  The Kaiāwhina will assist and provide students with opportunities to explore and engage with a range of people, cultures and experiences to help them grow holistically.

Our aim is to help students feel equipped to manage themselves in daily life, as a student of Wintec, and as an active member of the community.

Download Pathway Flowcharts

Please click the images below to see a pathway diagram for Trades or Horticulture:


My Career Pathway - Trades programme progression diagram


My Career Pathway - horticulture programme progression diagram

Not sure which strand to study?

In the first two weeks of study students will take part in an introduction to the programme, which will give them a chance to try out all three of the pathways through a series of ‘taster’ workshops. Then, at the end of the introduction students will have the opportunity to choose which pathway suits them best.

View programme modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
GEDU201Seeking, Obtaining and Using Information220  
GEDU202Problem Solving and Communication220  
GEDU203Teamwork and Goal Setting220  


Here are a few examples of projects that were undertaken by our past students.

Foldaway Skateboard being built by student in the Wintec trades building

Foldaway Skateboard being built in Wintec Trades building

Foldaway Longboard: Our Manufacturing and Technology strand students enjoy designing and building their own foldaway longboards (skateboards) which they were able to take home upon completion of the project. This gave them the opportunity to hone skills in welding as well as construction. 

Fresh Green Start 1

Trailer parked beside garden

Class garden (Horticulture Start strand): In addition to working in parks and gardens within the community, the Horticulture students plant and maintain their own class garden. This allows students to learn a variety of horticulture, arboriculture and landscape construction skills, right on campus.


“Growing plants in the garden makes you feel that you have achieved something." - Tutor, Beatriz Hardy.

Toy Truck being built in Wintec trades building

Toy Truck being built in Wintec trades building by student with help from tutor

Toy Truck: Our Construction and Infrastructure strand students work on a number of projects including building a toy truck, which among other skills included learning construction, welding and wiring of electronic lights to work on multiple- flash settings. 

Entry criteria

There is open entry to this programme although students must demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of success.

Selection criteria

Candidates may be required to participate in an interview in order to determine their suitability for the programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.

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My Career Pathway - Trades programme progression diagram


My Career Pathway - horticulture programme progression diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Year 1 students starting February 2020

Date: Tuesday 11 February 2020
Time: 8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Rotokauri Campus

Year 1 students starting July 2020

Date: Tuesday 21 July 2020
Time: 8am-4pm
Venue: G Block, Rotokauri Campus

What you will need

​Students will receive a timetable on their first day for the first two induction weeks

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status



Clinical placement

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