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Student Pathways

Where to from school is a BIG decision. There are so many options, so many influences, and so many factors that make different selections right for each student.

Here at Wintec we’re committed to helping you make informed choices. In each Vocational Pathway on the wheel (below) you’ll find STAR Experiences​ to give you a taste of what it’s like to study and work in a particular industry.

Once you have an idea of what you’d like to do we can start working on a smooth transition between school, study and work. There may be short or online courses available in your chosen Vocatio​​nal Pathway to pick up particular skills and a few NCEA credits.​​

The next step is the Waikato Trades Academy (WTA). Our WTA programmes are one or two years long and run alongside your normal school subjects. You spend one day a week at Wintec, and the credits you achieve will count towards your NCEA level 2 and 3. Ideally you’ll achieve an NCEA Vocational Pathways Award, placing you right where you need to be to move into an apprenticeship or job, or start further study at Wintec on completing secondary school.​ 

Wondering which Vocational Pathway is for you?


It’s a good idea to start by thinking about 'what makes you tick…'

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you like spending time outdoors? Do you love creating new things or do you want to help people in their time of need?

The Vocational Pathways will help you to decide on the type of job that will suit you. Click on a pathway to check out some information about the industries and jobs in each pathway, as well as the educational routes you can take through Wintec towards a great career.


More information on vocational pathways can be found at:

You can also check out our Find Your Fit tool​ for more help finding jobs that suit you.




What subjects should you take?

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.

Your Careers Advisor has or can get any information you need. The tutors who take the STAR Experiences will be able to provide you with the information you need in their industry. The key is to ask; we’re here to help!

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 other possible options.

What sort of things are employers looking for?

All employers (and our tutors too) are looking for people who can read, write and complete basic equations. That makes those literacy and numeracy credits your teachers keep telling you about absolutely critical!

Other things that crop up on employers’ wish lists are:

  • Good analytical skills
  • Work experience
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership and teamwork skills
  • Good oral and written communication
  • High motivation
  • Reliability
  • Punctuality
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Good academic results
  • An ethical approach

Extra-curricular activities and part time work will help you to develop these.

Hopefully you’ve found all the information you need here on the website, if not you can email or WTA Vicky Riley​​. Please note your first point of call for information should be your careers advisor and bookings/enrolments must be made through your school.