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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

Applied Horticulture Information Session | Maungatautari

Are you interested in working outdoors on real-life landscape projects? Learn about how you can study Applied Horticultural Services (Landscape Construction) for free in Maungatautari this February 2022.

This course is very practical – it is an excellent choice for those keen to work outside. Students will get to work on real landscape projects in the community while gaining confidence in using building tools. Based here in Maungatautari, it is just four months long, with classes four days a week. It runs from 17 January to 16 June 2022.

This is a whānau-friendly event, open to all ages, and is a great opportunity to speak with our staff. We welcome you to attend one of our sessions below and we can even help you get your enrolment sorted on the day.

  • Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Wednesday 15 December 2021
  • Monday 10 January 2022
Times: 4:30-5:30pm
Where: Te Kura Waiorā ō Maungatautari, 1121 Maungatautari Road, Maungatautari

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