The West Coast Trades Academy is an exciting and very different training option for high school students on the West Coast, whether you are interested in hospitality or early childhood education, through to engineering and construction.
It means students can now work towards a career, while staying at school completing their National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA).
It’s free for all West Coast students.
Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers’ advisor about joining the West Coast Trades Academy or apply online today.
The West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) is a partnership between all of the West Coast high schools and area schools and tertiary institutions. Greymouth High School coordinates the Academy, and Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) and Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO) are the Tertiary Partners for WCTA.
Trades academies are part of the Government’s youth initiatives. They focus on providing more choices for young New Zealanders and giving them greater opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and talents through trades and technology programmes that are jointly provided by schools and tertiary education organisations.
The trades academy is open to year 11, 12 and 13 students at partners schools. Trades Academy students will continue to attend their school, taking their usual subject options, while one day a week they will attend the trades academy programme at school or Tai Poutini Polytechnic.
Trades Academy students must make a two-year (minimum) commitment to the achievement of NCEA Level 2 and an Industry National Certificate. Students will also miss some ordinary school classes and may need to commit extra time to keep up with their learning and achievement in other subject areas.
Schools are responsible for enrolling and recommending students for the trades academy. Each school will have a coordinator (or contact person) responsible for trades academy students.
While at school students will be under the usual pastoral care provisions in their school’s policies. When attending part of their course at the polytechnic, another school or in a workplace, students will need to comply with the code of behaviour and health and safety requirements of the provider delivering that part of the programme.
The document outlines information such as details about the academy, the schools involved, who can enrol, how the academy works, student care and training options.Download our Parent & Caregivers information sheet (PDF)
Enrolments for 2017 programmes are now open.
The following form is for First Year students only.
(If you will be a Second or Third Year student, you only need to complete the short form to select your course for 2017 and to update any details that you think may have changed. Follow the link above to the shorter form)
In 2017 for the first time, the West Coast Trades Academy will be offering Residential School Holiday Programmes to West Coast Students. Please see further information in the 2017 Programme Guide, although we are still in the planning phase, we invite expressions of interest and we will be back in touch once details are finalised – please click here!
First Year students please note that you will need the following information with you before you start filling in the form:
– Medical conditions
– Doctor’s name and phone number
– Parent or caregiver’s contact details (home, work, mobile phone numbers and email address)
The West Coast Trades Academy Training Scholarship is sponsored by Tai Poutini Polytechnic. The scholarship will provide two fee-free places for West Coast Trades Academy students to attend Tai Poutini Polytechnic in 2017.
Scholarships will be awarded to students who have:
Tai Poutini Polytechnic tutors, school representatives and the West Coast Trades Academy will be responsible for selecting successful scholarship candidates.
The scholarship application must be completed online by Friday 14 October 2016.Scholarship application form
Scholarships will be awarded at the end of year prize giving to be held on Thursday 3rd November.