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“I had done art most of my life but because I was told it’s hard to make money out of it, I explored graphics and maths at school. Then in year 13, I got a chance to participate in the Arts Trades Academy through school and NorthTec where I would come on campus every Friday and that lit my fire. I also got the top creative arts prize at school that year.”
“This programme has a lot of variety and options to explore and mix and match, and I really like that we do both practical and theory because not many art courses include practical any more. The content is engaging so you want to apply yourself but there’s a lot of it so I’m learning to be better organised. Last year I was fairly flexible in how I studied, but this year I’ve made a calendar schedule and improved my time management.”
“I’ve been surprised at how many applied arts career options there are and how many people have a creative career. My horizons are wider now and I realise that mostly everything in life has a creative component. It’s also cool bouncing ideas off the other students and getting their feedback.”
“I’m already thinking about what my career path might be and at the moment I’m looking at photography and design. I helped with some photoshoots for events and have created some business cards. My cousin got honours doing this course recently and he has now got a good job in Auckland, so I’m open to moving outside Northland to check out work options. Our family moved here from South Africa in my primary school years so I realise that it’s possible and necessary sometimes to completely shift your life to make it work.”
“My dream at the moment is to become a photographer – maybe combined with something else - to have a studio and nice house on some land. If anyone out there is struggling with what to do in the arts, this is a great programme to open up your options.”
“I had done some mechanical work and was looking for an apprenticeship last year but realised it would be easier if I did this pre-training course first. The stand-out of the course for me is that all the content is relevant to what I want to do and the tutors help us get two days a week of work experience. I’m currently getting experience in heavy fabrication which is the field I’m keen to work in.”
“The course is broader than I expected and covers machining and general mechanical engineering as well as fabrication and give us better chance of getting an apprenticeship. I’ve already lined one up with my existing work experience employer.”
“Longer term I think I’ll stay with heavy fabrication, and I’m applying it to site maintenance at my current job.”
“The best part about having the opportunity to work alongside industry while I study is the connections that I make. Networking is so important in the art industry. NorthTec provides me with the connections that I can go to with queries or collaborations, and who knows when I will use them when I finish my studies!”
“I was spending 11.5 hours a day in a job I didn’t like - I realised it was time to change and work with something I was passionate about. My girlfriend served as a great role model because she had just landed a job on a cruise ship after studying at NorthTec, so I started researching. My father had some bee keeping experience and I was keen to learn more, so apiculture was my choice.”
“The more you learn about bees, the more you realise there is to learn about them, and I love that our learning is so practical. We get to feed and monitor the bees with our really knowledgeable tutors and we have two hive sites, one in Opononi and one in Kaikohe East. Our course splits into two teams to care for them, and each team rotates the jobs so we all get a go at everything. On wet days we focus on theory.”
“As well as apiculture, we learn about running a small business so that we’ll be able to manage our own hives and by-products if we want to. This was more of a challenge for me, especially the stuff around business plans, business structure and taking care of stakeholders, but it’s given to us in a way we can understand – and it gets our brains working.”
“I’ve been really surprised at how much I’ve learnt about myself through the personal development part of the small business programme, and amazed to think we’d learn that in an apiculture course. It’s so much broader than I imagined and I’m confident now in my abilities. There’s heaps of motivation here from the tutors and from the other students to keep upskilling and I’m loving it. We split up to study small business or apiculture, then swap over, but we’re like one big family and we go on field trips together to some of the apiculture operations run by big companies.”
“We get given a hive when we complete the course and I’m hoping to use the resources from here to eventually build up a small family-orientated business, but first I want to get employment at one of the big companies to gain more experience. The bee industry has some challenges at the moment but education is part of the solution.”
“Now that I’ve found what I love, I’d encourage other young people to find something you’re passionate about. Learn as much as you can, don’t limit your challenges but challenge your limits, put yourself at the top of your field and lift others up when you get there. Consistent hard work leads to success and greatness will follow.”
“The best part about this course is that I found a passion for art. I’ve never done art before but you can be quite creative with what we have been learning. I want to go on and study art and become an artist. My tutor really motivates me, he’s really helpful and helps me when I’m struggling. You learn all you need to know here to be a professional painter, but I’m now excited to pursue a career as an artist. My advice to anyone thinking about coming to study is – stick to what you’re passionate about!”
“I went to a small primary school where we learnt some te reo. It’s amazing how some of the basics like the colours, numbers and waiata have stuck. As an adult I’ve always wanted to learn te reo, so when I moved back up here from Auckland, this NorthTec course was just up the road and it was my chance get into it.”
“At my work there is more te reo spoken now, so the course also gives me a chance to understand more there. After we had some basic classes at work I was inspired to learn more, despite that fact that learning languages doesn’t come naturally to me.”
“I especially enjoy our kaiako (teacher) and the new friendships with my classmates. We’re all on slightly different levels, are different ages and occupations, but it works. Some students are stronger with their vocabulary and others with their language structure, and everyone shares their knowledge which really helps.”
“Memorising and public speaking are challenging for me but the environment is really supportive so that helps my confidence. It intrigues me that while some things are obvious, some things are thought about differently, like different words for family members depending on where you sit in the family.”
“Because we are here in Tai Tokerau, we’re learning the Ngāpuhi dialect to help keep it alive, so it often varies from the online resources. This was reinforced at our noho marae (overnight marae stay) where we also learnt that powhiri and tangi can differ marae to marae.”
“Our learning is more casual than some other te reo classes and I think that makes absorbing basic conversation easier, but it’s a certificate course so we still have outcomes that we have to meet.”
“My goal is to be fluent but I realise that requires in-depth and long term immersion in te reo. Already I can pick up on basic conversations but I’m keen to be able to understand a lot more and converse at the next level, so I may carry on next year. In the meantime, I want to make sure te reo stays in my life, so I listen to podcasts and waiata on YouTube when I can’t be amongst it in my daily life.”
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