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The Waikato Trades Academy (WTA) is a secondary-tertiary partnership which allows year 11, 12 and 13 secondary school students to study at Wintec while still at school, getting the benefits of both worlds.

The WTA gives students a head start; gaining specific and practical experience and skills in an industry based setting, and the opportunity to move directly into a job or apprenticeship, or further study, on completion of secondary school.

The Academy provides sector related credits required to earn a Vocational Pathway Award on your NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 3 qualifications. More information about this can be found here.

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WTA Vocational Pathways Resources

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​Our Youth Strategy​

Wintec's Youth Strategy is founded on the New Zealand Government's Youth Guarantee strategy to increase achievement of NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualifications by 18 year old.

We engage with three segments in the youth market including;

  • progression students who are achieving in a secondary school environment and maximising academic curriculum learning
  • pathway students at risk of disengaging from secondary school who need hands-on curriculum delivered in partnership with their school
  • transition students who are disengaging from secondary school and looking for alternative education options outside of school

Wintec is a practical learning specialist that provides project-based, experiential packages of learning for the above youth customer segments. We focus on providing the right mix of contextualised foundation and career based training, in a low risk, high support environment which enables students to sample jobs and start their career journey.


Aim​

In partnership with local secondary schools under Waikato Trades Academy, to deliver vocational pathway sector-related standards that will meet the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.


Outcome​

Participants in this programme will gain the knowledge and skills required to make decisions about career and higher level study pathways within their chosen vocational pathway.

​Graduates of this programme can use credits gained here towards NCEA Level 3 and move on to specialist programmes in their chosen vocational pathway at Level 3 and above through a tertiary provider or industry training organisation. Graduates may also enter into skilled employment on graduation.


The Benefit of Both Worlds

  • Fee-free tertiary education
  • Head start on a trades career; possibility of going straight into a job/ apprenticeship
  • Help deciding what you want to do after school
  • Unit standard credits from the trades qualification count towards NCEA, including Vocational Pathway credits towards a Vocational Pathway Award
  • More likely to achieve NCEA at higher levels when studying a qualification of interest
  • Trade study helps to develop core skills in English, Math and Science
  • Programmes offered are coordinated to make best use of both secondary and tertiary expertise and resources
  • Secondary school support, friendships, networks and activities are maintained. You can keep doing the sport or after school activities you love, and attend the school ball!
  • Full access to Wintec's support services including student mentors, counselling, Student Learning Services, and Te Kete Kōnae
  • Individual learning plans for each student cover attendance, workplace skills and life skills i.e. problem solving, self-management, team building, time management, personal presentation and self esteem
  • Make friends with students from other secondary schools with similar interests to you