High School students from Karamea to South Westland have had starring roles in a new video promoting the West Coast Trades Academy.
The video had its debut screenings on Wednesday and Thursday at business breakfasts facilitated by Development West Coast in Greymouth and Hokitika . Sarah Caseley, Manager of the West Coast Trades Academy, says the students and local business people were good sports and happy to talk on camera about their experiences with the Trades Academy.
“The main focus of the videos is to provide students, parents and businesses with information about what students are gaining from being involved in the Trades Academy. Feedback from the business breakfasts was really positive with businesses saying they want to support students in their training and education,” she says.
The Trades Academy is a different training option for high school students, allowing them to work towards a National Certificate in Trade, while staying at school completing their National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA).
Sarah Caseley says the objective of the business breakfasts was to hear from businesses about the transition of students from school and into the workplace and how to improve the transition for both businesses and students. “We have a group of committed businesses in Hokitika and Greymouth who have given us good feedback and now we hope to broaden our reach to other areas of the Coast,” she says.