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We understand that it’s not always straightforward deciding what to do after you finish school. We have a range of different programmes and opportunities to help you make the big decisions. Our youth opportunities are all aligned with vocational pathways - read more about vocational pathways here.

Check out your options below, or get in touch with us!


Take a short quiz and discover what career could be right for you!
Experience what a career could be like at one of our taster experiences.
Study at Wintec while you're still at school.
Spend a day being a student at Wintec.
Find out if hospitality or cookery could be a career for you!
If you're ready to leave school you might be eligible to study one of our youth guarantee programmes.
Take a tour of our campus and facilities!
We have regular information sessions, taster days and other events. Check out what's available and book in!

Choosing secondary school subjects

If you're a year or two away from finishing school then the best advice is to make sure you keep your subject options broad. Hang in there with Maths and English as long as you can (at least until the end of Year 12) and it’s a good idea to keep going with at least one science subject as well.

If you are in your last year and have just realised you haven’t taken a subject you need, don't panic, talk to your careers advisor or contact our recruitment team to suss out your options.

Got a question? Get in touch with us, we're happy to help!

General enquiries

Contact the team at

STAR enquiries

Natalie Freeman

Waikato Trades Academy

Bevan Morgan

Upcoming Events

Internet of Things (IOT) Waikato October Tech Meetup

Internet of Things
A group for innovators, thought leaders and organisations interested in developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital technology in the Waikato.

An opportunity to get together, share, collaborate, contribute and co-create, or just come along and find out what is happening with the IoT and other digital technology and what it means or could mean for the Waikato.

Hear about innovative technology and join us for an opportunity to network and take 2 minutes to pitch a project or initiative to the audience.

The evening will commence with nibbles and networking whilst attendees browse exhibitor stands before formalities kick off at 5.45pm.

If you are interested in exhibiting please get in touch.

When: Tuesday 23 October. 5-7.30pm
Where: The Atrium, Wintec
Book your tickets here.


Agritech NZ

Launched in 2018, Agritech New Zealand connects innovators, investors, regulators, researchers and interested public. It promotes opportunities and challenges raised by agritech. Agritech New Zealand advances the ecosystem through advocacy, collaboration, innovation, talent and economic growth through international connections and missions.

Pepper Creative

By combining business analysis, technology and creativity Pepper delivers innovative solutions that move you from the now and into the future.

In the Agritech space, and other sectors, Pepper is using Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions for advanced scenario-based industry training and real-time maintenance solutions

BlockBit Technology Solutions

BlockBit focuses on solving the problems that undermine trust in today’s business transactions through connected, secure, trusted, traceable emerging technology solutions.

They service a number of industries including Agritech.

For more information visit

To stay in the loop regarding future Meetups and for more information on Meetups we have held to date join IoT Waikato at

IoT Waikato is a Wintec initiative and is supported by Design Factory NZ, Waikato Innovation Park, Pepper Creative and CultivateIT.