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Deciding what you want to be or do after school can be scary. At Wintec, we talk to students every day who are dealing with this challenge, and we have developed a range of resources and programmes below to help you make the big decisions.

Explore the options below to discover our resources. 


Use our Future You tool to discover what job or career could be right for you, and which programmes of study can take you there.

Experience what a job or programme could be like at one of our STAR taster courses.

Study trades and gain qualifications at Wintec while you are still at high school.

Spend a day being a student at Wintec.

Find out if hospitality or cookery could be a career for you.

For those 16-19 ready to leave school, you may be eligible to study one of our foundation courses for free.

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 your school subjects

So it is time to choose your subjects, and like many people across the country, the endless options can give you a headache. Do not stress; you are not alone and have plenty of options. If you are a few years off finishing school, try keeping your subjects as broad as possible. If you can, we recommend studying maths, English and science to keep your options open as you move closer towards study after high school.

If you realise in your final year of school that you have not taken all the subjects you need to get into the course you want to do, do not panic. Talk to the Careers Advisor at school, or contact our Wintec recruitment team to discuss what your options are.

Do you have a question?

Please get in touch - we are happy to help.

General enquiries

Contact the team

STAR enquiries

Katelyn Olsen

Waikato Trades Academy

Hayley Thomson

Upcoming Events

Certificate in Health and Wellbeing Information Session | Thames

Are you interested in becoming a support worker? 

Study the Certificate in Health and Wellbeing at our Thames Campus in February 2022.

Join us for this whānau friendly information session to find out more about this course, speak with our staff, and take a tour of the campus.

A key benefit of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing is the flexibility on how it is delivered. The course will provide students with the foundation knowledge, skills, and practical experience required to work alongside individuals, families, and whānau accessing social and community services. 
Students select from one of two strands as the focus of their studies:
  • Mental health and addiction support, or
  • Social services.

We welcome you to attend one of our three sessions below.

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021
  • Tuesday 18 January 2022
Time: 1.30pm-3.30pm
Where: Thames Regional Campus,  414 Queen Street, Thames

Register below to attend and we will send you event reminders: