Youth Pathways

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Our options for high school students are aimed at rangatahi from year 9 through to year 13.

NorthTec supports students at secondary school by providing additional experiences and opportunities not available at school that assist students in their transition to tertiary study and employment.

Our pathway offerings are aligned with the Vocational Pathways, allowing students to gain credits that contribute to their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) under the vocational pathways.

NorthTec is happy to work with schools to provide solutions that meet the needs of students at your school. We welcome your comments, requests for information, and suggestions about how we can help, and work more closely together.


One-off courses (1 day) for Year 9–10 students

Tasters are designed to give students a hands-on experience of what it might be like to study at NorthTec. As many students are undecided on what they want to do when they leave school, tasters can provide students with new experiences which create an interest in a pathway on to further study and employment.

STAR Courses

Short courses (2–5 days) for Year 11–13 students

STAR courses offer meaningful and real training opportunities for Year 11-13 secondary school students. NorthTec STAR courses provide a pathway to tertiary education and a future career. Students will be able to experience tertiary education as well as gain credits towards their NCEA qualifications.

Trades Academy

Full-year programme (1–2 days per week) for Year 12–13.

Academy programmes provide opportunities for students to engage with learning in both the secondary and tertiary learning environments throughout a year-long programme.

This builds on existing knowledge, exposes students to the tertiary learning environment, and provides credits towards NCEA qualifications as well as a nationally transferable qualification.

Places on Academy programmes are limited and students are required to complete an expression of interest form and meet the tutor before being accepted onto the programme.

To learn more about Trades Academy opportunities, see your school’s Careers Advisor or Trades Academy Coordinator. Students must be enrolled in a secondary school to qualify for the programme.

We currently offer Academy programmes in the following areas:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Cookery
  • Hospitality Service
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health


We welcome the opportunity to work with your school and support your students to gain experience of tertiary study and to work out what their next steps might be once they leave school. In addition to our STAR, Trades Academies and Tasters, feel free to talk to us about the following activities and more:

  • Student for a Day
  • Experience Days
  • Teacher Taster Days
  • Campus Tours
  • Transitioning students to further study
  • In-school presentations with tutors, students and graduates
  • Parent/Whānau Info Sessions
  • Careers evenings and expos

If you’d like something bespoke for your students, please get in touch to discuss how we can make it happen.

Youth Pathways Prospectus

For more details, please see the Youth Pathways Prospectus.

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