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VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS a Hit at Wintec

Magazine article Public Sector

VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS a Hit at Wintec

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One day a week, a 15-year-old Year 11 high school student might be learning how to build a mini-bike on a manufacturing/technology course - while gaining NCEA level 1 credits.

Wintec's Trades Academy, based at five sites throughout the Waikato, has 550 students from 35 schools taking part in its programmes. There are over 6000 Trades Academy places in New Zealand in 2016 (up from 600 when the programme first started in 2011).

Manager Johnny Gordon says, "Students get work experience, gain knowledge and get credits."

He says there's more demand than places for students to take part in the programme - and over 80% of those who complete the two-year programme go on to further study or work.

Currently Wintec offers courses across four of the six 'vocational pathways', areas of study linked to the school curriculum and NCEA standards. …

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