If you're still at secondary school and are trying to decide on your future career join us for a STAR programme and get a taste of a career before committing to full-time study.
STAR programmes are usually one day, but may be up to five. All of our STAR programmes are aligned with vocational pathways, and some of our programmes also have credits attached.
Please note, you must book through your school. Careers advisors please use the Booking Form to book a place for your students.
All STAR programmes
- Painting and Drawing Taster
- Introduction to Photoshop Taster
- Introduction to Illustrator Taster
- Creative Media Taster
- Short Video Production Taster
- Music Production Workshop
- Interior Design Taster
- Hairdressing Taster
- Beauty Taster
- Intro to Barista and Restaurant Service
- Intro to Cookery
- Provide Table Service
- Food Safety Methods, Hazards & Control
- Prepare & Cook Basic Pasta
- Food Service Styles and Menus
- Prepare & Cook Basic Pastry Dishes
- Introduction to Animal Technology
- Health Taster
- Early Childhood Education Taster
- Rock Climbing
- Adventure Based Learning
- Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster Day
- Landscape Taster Day
- Trades Taster Day
- Engineering Taster Day
- Performing Arts Taster
- MIG Welding
- Introduction to Printmaking
- Introduction to Business Taster Day
Information for students, parents and caregivers
STAR course times
8.45 am - 9.00 am - Meet and Greet session with STAR coordinator
9.00 am - 3.00 pm - In-class with the tutor
Rotokauri Campus: G Block for Trades and Engineering, L Block for Hospitality, Q Block for Sport, S Block (The Hub) for Animal Care and any other STAR courses that are not listed above.
City Campus: The Hub (building with the café, library, and other student services). Look for the yellow “STAR” sign on one of the shared tables. Courses taught here are Media Arts (Photoshop, Illustrator, Printmaking, Music, Short Video, Interior Design, Performing Arts, Painting and Drawing, and Creative Media), Early Childhood Education, Health Taster Day, Business Taster, Hair, and Beauty.
Hamilton Gardens Campus: Access via the public carpark at Gate 2. Cross the bridge from the carpark, over to the Wintec Horticulture Education Centre reception. Courses taught here are Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster, and Landscape Taster.
At the Meet and Greet session, students will be required to complete an enrolment form before being taken to their classroom.
Each course will have different clothing requirements. Please check your programme requirements by clicking on the relevant STAR course above, to find out the clothing requirements.
As STAR courses are booked through the student’s secondary school, you must contact the school if they cannot attend. If your child becomes unwell while attending a STAR course, their school will be contacted.
Upon completion of the STAR course, certificates are sent to secondary schools which will be forwarded onto students.
Natalie Freeman STAR Coordinator
P: 07 834-8800 (ext. 3908)
M: 021 195 7052
Please visit the Student Information Centre, A Block City Campus for assistance in person.
Rotokauri: Star students are required to 'pay & display.' Students can park in carpark 1 or 2, Star students cannot park in visitor parking as this will incur a parking infringement. Parking costs 0.50c per hour, capped at $4.00 per day, between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm weekdays. Tickets can be purchased from payment machines located in the car parks 1 and 2.
Hamilton Gardens: FREE parking is available at the Hamilton Gardens Campus in the public car park.
City: NO parking available at the City Campus.
The Wintec City Campus is a 1min walk from the Hamilton City Transport Centre, therefore all inner-city BUSIT routes will be a suitable mode of transport. The Orbiter Bus Route runs between the Hamilton City Transport Centre and Wintec Rotokauri Campus.
Food on campus
Our City, Rotokauri and Hamilton Gardens Campuses have excellent cafés serving an array of hot and cold food and espresso coffee. In the student areas of all our campuses, there are microwaves, hot water and snack vending machines. Students are welcome to bring their own packed lunch.
Please click here to view/download the campus maps and to find campus addresses.