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Around 40 high school students who have been studying via Trades Academies at NorthTec celebrated their success with a prizegiving event.
Two automotive classes, based in Whangarei and Kaikohe, and a Whangarei cookery class came together at NorthTec’s Apprentice café, on the Raumanga campus.
With classes due to finish in November, when the students will go on to sit their school NCEA exams, the Trades Academies took the opportunity to get together to honour the top learners.
The automotive students are working towards the NZ Certificate in Motor Industry (Level 2), with Thomas Shepherd from Whangaroa College taking the top student prize for the Kaikohe group, and Mangakahia Area School ‘s Te Awatea Paraha topping the Whangarei cohort.
The Cookery Academy students will gain the equivalency of the NZ Certificate in Cookery (Level 3), and will be eligible to study the Level 4 certificate next year. Sh’kyna Venables from Tauraroa Area School claimed the top student spot.
The Trades Academy learners enjoyed refreshments provided by NorthTec’s Level 5 hospitality students, and took the opportunity to thank their tutors for a great year of tertiary study. The automotive students studied at NorthTec for two days a week throughout the year, while the cookery students spent one day a week in the NorthTec kitchens.
All students were from years 12 and 13, and the participating schools were: Whangarei Boys’ High, Whangarei Girls’ High, Tauraroa Area School, Mangakahia Area School, Excellere College, Whangaroa College, Correspondence School, Christian Renewal School, Bay of Islands College, Northland College and Opononi Area School.
They were joined by career advisors and trades academy coordinators from their schools, along with their NorthTec tutors, Joe Broughton (automotive, Kaikohe), Gareth Edwards (automotive, Whangarei) and Tracy Telfer (cookery), and other NorthTec staff.
Julian Blank, Youth Development Manager, said NorthTec has been granted places through the Te Taitokerau Trades Academy to continue offering the scheme as the lead provider, but will also provide support to other schools’ trades academies.
He said around half of the NorthTec Trades Academy students had indicated that they planned to return to pursue higher level study next year.
Students from NorthTec’s Arts Academy will hold their own celebration as they launch their end-of-year exhibition at the Geoff Wilson Gallery on the Raumanga campus. The exhibition will be launched on 27 October and will run until 5 November.
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