Trades Academy

​Academy Programmes

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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 Whangārei

A blended delivery programme where graduates will achieve 55 NZQA credits from the New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3)

Student Profile:

  • Y12 and Y13 
  • Interested in following the automotive/engineering pathway

Programme:

  • 55 Level 3 NZQA credits
  • February start, end of October finish (59 days)
  • Kaikohe: Monday & Tuesday (TBC)
  • Whangārei: Thursday & Friday

Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials.

Qualifications:

  • Students who competently complete this course will either slot in our full time programme to complete the full qualification (fees free) OR
  • Begin an apprenticeship at a local company and complete the full qualification with the assistance of our managed apprenticeship coordinator.

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

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


Construction Academy Level 2

Whangārei 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 September finish (32 days)
  • Block course for Term 1, every Thursday thereafter
  • 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.

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


Cookery Academy

Whangārei Campus

This programme will give students the basic skills needed to actively participate in commercial kitchen operation. The expectation is that students, after completing the extended programme, would be eligible and given preferential entry to apply for the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4). This is a programme that requires commitment and dedication from students to attend all classes. An attendance of at least 80% will be essential to ensure completion of the programme. 

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:

  • 45 credits (approx)
  • Early February start, late September finish
  • One day a week (every Monday) and one 4-day block course during the school holidays. 9.00am to 3.00pm
  • Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials (including knife set).

Qualifications:

  • Students wishing to progress to Level 4 Cookery and gain the equivalency of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 3)  will be required to complete a further block course of 15 credits, in order to achieve this. 

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

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


Hospitality Service Academy (Level 3)

Whangārei Campus

This programme is for those wishing to pursue a career in Hospitality and to have a qualification which would allow them to pathway to New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 4). Graduates will have gained skills which would then allow them to further study or to be employed in the service industry, particularly in Hospitality.

Student profile:

  • Y13 (Year 12 at the discretion of the tutor)
  • Interested in following the hospitality pathway

Programme:

  • 62 credits (approx.)
  • Early February start, late October finish
  • One day a week (every Monday) 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
  •  Students will be provided with all appropriate course materials

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

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Turner: aturner@northtec.ac.nz


Hair and Beauty Academy

Raumanga Campus, Whangārei

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.

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


Health Academy

Raumanga Campus, Whangārei

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:

  • 26 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

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

Interviews will be held if the course is oversubscribed. An information morning will be held at NorthTec in November, with the programme commencing Term 1.

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