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Experiences for Secondary Students - Get informed to decide

Star Experiences

As a secondary school student, making decisions about what to study while at school, and what to do afterwards can be tricky. That’s why Wintec provides STAR Experiences. These are quick taster programmes aimed at showcasing a particular career or qualification. They can be the first step in a journey through a vocational pathway, starting while students are still at secondary school.

STAR Experiences are usually only one day, but may be up to five. Courses are skills based and some have credits attached.

Students - click on a vocational pathway you might be interested in below and take a look at the STAR Experiences and other programmes available. Each flow chart shows you how you might progress through the vocational pathway towards a fantastic qualification and career.

You must book through your school.  Careers advisors please go to the Booking Form to book.

Information for Parents

Information for parents/caregivers regarding STAR experiences can be found here.


If you have any questions please contact:

Natalie Freeman
Youth Pathways STAR Administrator
Phone: +647 834 8800 ext 3908

Experience Wintec for a Day

A range of other experiences are available to help you figure out what to study. These are all completely free but must be booked through your school. Careers advisors please go to the Booking Form to book

Chef / Waiter for a Day

If you are a year 11 - 13 student, and you've always wondered exactly what it's like being a Chef or a Waiter for a day... then this is your ticket to find out!

Book your place in one of these FREE STAR Courses.

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Student for a Day

Would you like to experience being a Wintec student for a day before having to commit yourself for a whole year...or two?

If you’re a secondary student at senior level you can come onto our campus for a day and find out what studying here is really like before you commit.


This service is available for year 11, 12 and year 13 students. It’s fun, free and highly recommended for anyone considering studying with us.

Available in any Vocational Pathway. Click on a vocational pathway above to choose a programme to sample.

Campus Tours

Get a sneak preview of what it’s like to study at Wintec by taking one of our campus tours. Standard tours run on Fridays and we can arrange special group tours for your school.

  • Location: Wintec City and Rotokauri Campuses
  • Dates/Times: Fridays

night view of Gallagher hub

Science & Engineering Action Days

At these discovery days, you spend half a day on campus talking to tutors and touring the facilities and the other half out in the field visiting industry employers. This gives you a real insight into the science and engineering career you could follow.

  • Vocational Pathway: P​rimary Industries

science student working in lab

School Visits

Our recruitment advisors specialise in talking to secondary students about choosing a career, deciding where to study and staying motivated!

They are available to visit your school at any time of year to talk to students of any age…

  • Discussions with groups or individuals in class, careers time or lunchtime
  • Careers or subject selection evenings
  • Wintec qualifications, student support services, getting in to tertiary level study - perfect for years 11, 12 and 13
  • Self leadership programme for students in years 9 and 10 to inspire them to achieve at school and study
  • Location: Your school
  • Dates/Times etc: Flexible
  • Cost: Free

Click on the Vocational Pathways to check it out!

Need Advice?

All experiences must be booked through your school's Careers Advisor. However, if you have a question about any of the experiences, please contact our Wintec Student Recruitment Representative:

Kelsy Carter
Student Recruitment Representative