Alysha Laurie - Hairdressing

Senior Stylist, Snip & Style

This meant I was customer ready and confident when I started work at the salon. I’m now doing my apprenticeship here and I’ve grown even more in confidence.

Amy Williams - Project Management

Client Assistant, Perpetual Guardian

Another big advantage on my CV was that during our course we were out interacting with local businesses with our industry projects. Mine was with a start-up business and I loved that our study was in a social environment

April Rawiri - Sport and Recreation

He Oranga Poutama Lead, Sport Northland

A lot of the skills I’ve learnt through study and work are transferable to home and family. Things like time management, interpersonal communication, understanding people better and knowing how to adapt, all apply to our lives.

Ayla Wiles - Biodiversity Management

Biodiversity Ranger, Whangarei Department of Conservation

It has also given me the tools to think about how to use field data for useful applications. This is all directly relevant to the work I do now. Our course work placement requirements also set up networks for both work opportunities and peer contact.

Brad Crosbie - Automotive

Apprentice – Keith Andrews Trucks

I love every part of working here and it’s been an easy transition from being a student to a working apprentice.

Carmen Foster - Cookery

Sous Chef, Coasana Restaurant, Te Awamutu

I’ve grown and learnt a lot with my training and ultimately would love to work in a bigger place with more chefs so I can continue to learn on the job and be exposed to food and experiences that are new to me.

Chynna Haney - Eco Tourism

Deck-hand on R Tucker Thompson

As a deck-hand we look after all the lines and work on the deck. We also teach the youth trainees about the marine and coastal environment introducing them to things like fishing restrictions and Project Island Song, plus we do the cooking for the t…

Eloise Neeley - Applied Management

“I chose to study at NorthTec because I wanted to study locally, get the degree I had always wanted, meet Northland people and get back into my community. ”

Emma Doel - Biodiversity Management

Husbandry Officer, Kiwi North

Public speaking is one of the most relevant course skills that I apply here. For a major assessment presentation we had to put information across in an interesting and accurate way.

Fiona Taylor - Accounting


The aspects of the NorthTec course that provided huge value to my wedding business idea, were the marketing and research papers I had to complete.

Georgina Latter - Hairdressing

Intermediate stylist at Wild Hare n Beauty

I got in-salon training here and had to sit units to get qualified but I also kept in touch with the NorthTec tutors. I’ve been here two years now and I love it

Jazz Penney - Electrical Engineering

Apprentice at Positive Electrical

An apprenticeship is normally three and a half years but the course reduces that by a year. From my training there I already have an understanding of how electricity works, why we do things, and how to work safely

Josh Padgett - Automotive

Diesel Mechanic – Keith Andrews Trucks

I spoke with the workshop manager and he suggested I do the NorthTec pre-trade course, then come back and apply for an apprenticeship. All the new apprentices here have done that course.”

Karan Randhawa - Cookery

Demi-Chef de Partie, The Quay

The NorthTec training was exactly what I needed for my work here. I am familiar with the processes and now my confidence has grown a lot. I’ve already created a new dessert that has been added to The Quay’s menu.

Khana Kiro - Agriculture

General Farm Hand at Oromahoe Trust farm

I’m now General Farm Hand on the 750-hectare Oromahoe Trust sheep and beef farm. This farm is a training farm for our course so I made the connection with Sam, the Assistant Manager here, when we were doing coursework here.

Laura Stanley - Eco Tourism

Dive Instructor at Dive Zone, Kerikeri

When I graduated, I was offered a job for an overnight charter-boat company in Doubtful Sound - mostly off my CV, because I had my Boat Masters and Food Handling certificates.

Laura Thomson - Nursing

Specialty Clinical Nurse in Youth Health, Northland District Health Board

The practical component of the course really prepares you for work. From day one we were in the hospital environment making beds and taking blood pressures, then later in rest homes, communities or specialist areas.

Lockie McLeod - Construction

Carpentry Apprentice

The best part of our training is the theory because we get introduced to things that we may not get taught on site for quite some time – like door-locks, stairs and pitched roofing.

Maggie Naera - Social Services

Kaiawhina at Ngati Hau Health and Social Services

I got my job at Ngati Hau by working there in my second year placement while still studying. The Girls Group is for girls aged 8-12 who at high risk due to their environmental factors. And I got the job at Youth Space through a Ngati Hau recommendat…

Melanie Peters - Horticulture

Nursery Assistant at Lynwood Avocado Nursery

The practicality of the NorthTec horticulture course was really good training for this work. Although I had a good foundation in horticulture knowledge, my growth since I’ve been in this job is in gaining a better understanding of the commercial sid…

Paras Monga - Civil Engineering

Intermediate Projects Engineer with Whangarei District Council, Northland Transportation Alliance

I now work full time as a Roading Technician with the Whangarei District Council and I look after traffic, safety, parking, new footpaths and cycle-ways projects, and minor improvement projects in the Whangarei district.

Regina Rapata - Applied Management

Since graduating, I’ve had offers to facilitate and assist with teaching Microsoft Project. Once I commit to something, I will get right into it, challenge myself, and do the best I can do.

Shawni Paniona - Sport and Recreation

Energizer, Sport Northland

During my cooperative placement for the Bachelor in Sport and Recreation programme, I managed to attain part-time employment before I graduated from my degree.

Sheila Collins - Business Admin

Medical Receptionist

I came out of the course 100% more confident than when I started. I was put out of my comfort zone many times, but it’s only when you go through it that you realise how strong you are and what you are capable of doing. I found some strengths I didn’…

Tania Tipene - Civil Engineering

Project Manager, United Civil Construction

I’m hoping my 10-year journey from labourer to Project Engineer sets an example to not only the other guys in our company, but also to the whānau back home, that anything is possible.

Tracie Tepania - Business Administration

Community Computer Coach, NorthTec Kaitaia

“I have so much more confidence and belief in myself since starting part-time work as a Community Computer Coach at Kaitaia NorthTec campus