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How does it work?

The WTA is funded by the Government to provide secondary students the opportunity to study at both school and Wintec. You take the Wintec programme of your choice along side your school subjects, and travel to Wintec for practical, hands on learning, typically one day a week, plus a block course.

Transport to Wintec is coordinated by the WTA and your school. The cost of transport over and above your usual transport to school is funded by the Ministry of Education.

The WTA programs are fee free; there will be no extra cost to you for your course or for transport.

Year 9 & 10

  • You'll be studying full time at secondary school
  • Check out the STAR Experiences to explore careers of interest
  • Start talking to your careers advisor, technology teacher or dean about WTA

Year 11 or 12

Can start studying at the WTA. You’ll choose one of the available Vocational Pathways from the above Vocational Pathway Wheel.

  • In year 1 you get a broad introduction to your chosen vocational pathway
  • You’ll be at Wintec for 30 or 32 days during the year and study at NCEA Level 2
  • Earn 25 - 37 credits towards NCEA Level 2 and the NCEA Vocational Pathway qualification you'll complete or partially complete in your second year

Year 12 or 13

You'll continue with your school studies and, like in the first year, you'll come to Wintec:

  • To specialise in one career pathway
  • For 32 to 53 days during the year where you'll study at Level 2 or 3 towards your chosen career pathway
  • Gain 32 - 51 credits
  • May Graduate with a National Certificate, or partial completion of a National Certificate
  • Includes some self-directed learning
  • May include work experience in industry

Graduating from WTA

After completing the two year WTA programme you'll:

  • Have achieved at least NCEA Level 2 or 3 at school, with a Vocational Pathway Award
  • May have a National Certificate, or partial completion of a National Certificate from Wintec
  • Be able to pathway onto further study, or have the skills to move into an apprenticeship or employment

Please note programme details and dates are subject to change prior to 2016.