Tue 29 Sep 2020

Trades Academy students graduate

Over 150 WITT Trades Academy students celebrated their achievements at graduation ceremonies last week.

The Trades Academy programme involves Taranaki high school students coming to WITT one to two days a week, where they earn NCEA credits in areas relevant to their career interests - from hospitality and exercise to community policing and trades.

Students from across the region travelled to WITT to attend the ceremonies last week, supported by whānau, tutors, teachers and careers advisers. Photos from the ceremonies are available to view on WITT's Facebook page.

Manager Secondary Tertiary Pathways (STP) Ben Naughton said graduation was a great chance to celebrate the students’ success and achievement over the year.

“We are very proud of the work they have all done and the skills they have gained,” he said.  

“Many students are returning next year to continue their learning and skills development in trades, and some are switching to make the most of trying something new.”

Ben said the STP team thanks the tutors for all of the work they have put in to the students, saying feedback from the courses has been excellent.

“All students have commented on the very positive experiences they have had, the value of practical, hands-on learning and the great value that the tutors add to their learning experience.”  

Ben said the Secondary Tertiary Pathways course offerings are expanding for 2021.

“Enrolments are now open for next year’s Year 12 and 13 for students to progress their learning and try new trades and non-trades course.”

Find out more about the 2021 courses here.

 

Trades Academy prize recipients for 2020 are:

Programme

Award

Student

Electrical

Most Improved Student

Teina Mitai

Electrical

Top Student

Blake Midgley

Carpentry

Most Improved Student

Tenisha Murfitt

Carpentry

Top Student

Alistair Glennie

Engineering Level 2

Most Improved Student

Shelby Plowright

Engineering Level 2

Top Student

Mostyn Page

Engineering Level 2

Top Student

Ael Huffan

Automotive

Most Improved Student

Journey (Te Rarotahi) Tutaki

Automotive

Top Student

Jayden Street

Cookery

Most Improved Student

Byron Hunt

Cookery

Top Student

Stormy-Leigh Robinson

Restaurant Service

Most Improved Student

Breeana Bentley

Restaurant Service

Top Student

Brianna McCready-Scouller

Sport & Fitness

Most Improved Student

Mikaira Solomon

Sport & Fitness

Top Student

Chloe Sampson

Salon Skills Level 2

Most Improved Student

Paige Walker-Thomas

Salon Skills Level 2

Top Student

Faith Howell

Beauty & Make-up Artistry

Most Improved Student

Brooke Brommers

Beauty & Make-up Artistry

Top Student

Lachlyn MacKenzie

Engineering Level 3 (Build a Trailer)

Most Improved Student

Finn Heard

Engineering Level 3 (Build a Trailer)

Top Student

Jack Butler

Introduction to New Zealand Policing

Most Improved Student

Mishyla Hooper

Introduction to New Zealand Policing

Most Improved Student

Trint Kelsen

Introduction to New Zealand Policing

Top Student

Maria Phillips-Nassif

The Trades Academy ‘Build a Bach’ students are still working on their projects, so will have their graduation and prizegiving at the end of October when the programme finishes. EE2E (engineering fundamentals) students will also celebrate their year-end later in October.

 

About Trades Academy

Trades Academy students come to WITT at least one day a week over several terms and gain NCEA credits. These students are at WITT to learn in a practical and hands-on environment using equipment and technology relevant to their chosen career path. Students develop the foundation skills needed to progress to further study opportunities or move directly into employment. Find out more here.