Trades Academy

​Academy Programmes

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.


Automotive ACADEMY

Kaikohe and Whangarei

A Level 2 graduate from the Automotive Academy Programme will be able to progress into one of the following automotive roles:

  • Vehicle repair servicing
  • Motor industry apprenticeship
  • Further specialist apprenticeship

Graduates of this qualification will be able to demonstrate both generic and industry specific skills covering a range of work roles available in the motor industry.

Student Profile:

  • Year 12
  • Interested in following the automotive/engineering pathway

Programme:

  • 59 credits (appox.)
  • February start, early November finish (58 days)
  • Whangarei: Monday & Tuesday
  • Kaikohe: Thursday & Friday

Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials.

Qualifications:

  • Students who competently complete this course may be eligible to gain the Vocational Pathways Award for
    Manufacturing and Technology.
  • An 80% attendance requirement will be essential to ensure students have the best chance of obtaining the qualification.

Interviews will start this October/November with the programme commencing Term 1 2020.​

If you have questions, please contact Gareth Edwards: gedwards@northtec.ac.nz


Construction Academy Level 2

Whangarei Future Trades Campus

This programme aims to provide students with general construction and maintenance knowledge. It provides training across a wide range of construction and maintenance areas by giving students practical experience on small building projects. This programme is also an ideal starting point for further study in the construction sector.

Student profile:

  • Year 12
  • Interested in following the construction and infrastructure pathway.

Programme:

  • 45 credits
  • February start, late August finish (34 days)
  • Terms 1 and 2: Thursdays with Block Course for Term 1
  • Term 3 – Thursdays and Fridays
  • Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials.

Qualifications:

  • Students who competently complete this course will gain Level 2 BCATS Qualification
  • An 80% attendance requirement will be essential to ensure students have the best chance of obtaining
    the qualification.

Interviews will start this October/November with the programme commencing Term 1 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Roger Rhodes – rrhodes@northtec.ac.nz


Cookery Academy

Whangarei Campus

Students enrolled in the Cookery Academy programme will be eligible to gain the equivalency of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3). This is a programme that requires commitment and dedication from students to attend all classes. The expectation is that these students, after completing this would be eligible to apply to enrol in the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4). This programme will give students the basic skills needed to actively participate in commercial kitchen operation.

Student profile:

  • Year 13 (Year 12 at the discretion of the tutor)
  • Interested in following the hospitality pathway with the possibility of becoming a chef

Programme:

  • 62 credits (approx)
  • Early February start, early November finish
  • One day a week (every Monday) and one 4-day block course during the school holidays. 9.00am to 4.00pm
  • Students will receive a chef’s uniform which will be required to be worn at NorthTec
  • Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials (including knife set).

Qualifications:

  • Students who competently complete this course will gain the equivalency of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)
  • An 80% attendance requirement will be essential to ensure students have the best chance of obtaining the qualification.

Interviews will start this October/November with the programme commencing Term 1 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Tracy Telfer, ttelfer@northtec.ac.nz.


Digital Art and Design Academy

Whangarei Campus

The Digital Art and Design Academy course has been developed to introduce students to the creative industries, whilst also preparing for further tertiary study. Digital art and design skills and techniques will be introduced on this course, with a particular focus on teaching drawing skills, concept development, introductory animation, film making, website design and studio photography.

The Digital Art and Design Academy course is structured around students doing 15 hours a week of trades’ related studies between NorthTec and their respective High Schools.

To fulfil this requirement, students will study five hours a week at NorthTec* and 10 hours at high school.

  • 10 hours at High School equates to students studying two NCEA level 3 subject strands that relate to the Digital Art and Design Academy. These strands include any of the following subjects: Visual Art/Design (Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture), Design Technology and Art History.
  • Whilst at NorthTec students will work towards NCEA achievement standard:
    • (AS91460) Produce a resolved work that demonstrates purposeful control of skills appropriate to a visual arts cultural context (4 credits)

and

  • One paper from The New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4):
    • (4.6 Digital Media) This course aims to allow students to gain technical and conceptual skills within the specialisation of Digital Media. Students will explore and apply industry practices to a managed brief and describe educational pathways relative to Digital Media. (15 credits - please note that these 15 credits do not count towards UE).

*Classes at NorthTec will be held every Friday throughout the year, accompanied with some holidays and weekend workshops. An 80% attendance requirement will be essential to ensure students have the best chance of obtaining NCEA achievement standard (AS91460), alongside the 4.6 Digital Media paper from the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design

Resulting
NorthTec will deliver and assess the achievement standard (AS91460), schools will moderate and report the results to NZQA.

Upon completion Digital Arts and Design Academy students will receive NCEA credits for the achievement standard (AS91460) and level 4 credits for the papers completed towards the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design.

If you have any questions or wish to apply for the Digital Arts and Design Academy please contact Jason Povey: jpovey@northtec.ac.nz


Hair and Beauty Academy

Raumanga Campus, Whangarei

This course is for students who are wishing to pursue a career in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy and to have a qualification which would allow them to pathway to New Zealand Certificate in Hairdressing (Salon Support) (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Beauty Therapy (Level 4). Graduates will have gained skills which would then allow them to further their study or to be employed in the Hair and Beauty industries.

Student profile:

  • Year 12 or 13
  • Interested in following the Hairdressing and/or Beauty Therapy pathway.

Programme:

  • 30 Level 2 and 29 Level 3 Credits (approx.)
  • Early February start, mid-September finish (36 days)
  • One day a week (every Friday) and two 5-day block course (one during term 1 and one during the school holidays)

Qualifications:

Interviews will start this October/November with the programme commencing Term 1 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisette Buckle: lbuckle@northtec.ac.nz


Health Academy

Raumanga Campus, Whangarei

This programme will link students at secondary school with careers in the health industry and pathways through tertiary to those health career opportunities.

Student profile:

  • Year 12
  • Engaged with other Science and English subjects at school to ensure transition to Level 3 UE approved subjects related to a health pathway
  • Interested in pursuing a career in health (nurse, paramedic, doctor, midwife etc.)

Programme:

  • 31 credits (approx.) – where a total of 20 Level 2 Social and Community Services sector related credits would be achieved contributing to NCEA and a Vocational Pathway Award.
  • Practical components of learning will include nursing simulation as well as field trips to industry.
  • Terms 1-3 (late February start, late September finish) -  total of 24 days
  • One day a week (every Tuesday) from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Minimum 15 students

An 80% attendance requirement will be essential to ensure students have the best chance of obtaining the qualification.​

Interviews will start this October/November with the programme commencing Term 1 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Lizzie Carroll-Thom: lcarroll-thom@northtec.ac.nz