Taranaki Trades Academy

  • February intake
  • Level 2
  • 1 year part-time (taught 1 day per week)
  • FREE

Qualification overview

In the Taranaki Trades Academy students come to WITT at least one day a week over several terms and gain NCEA credits. The learning takes place in a practical and hands-on environment using industry standard equipment and technology relevant to your chosen career path. Students develop the foundation skills needed to progress to further study opportunities or move directly into employment.

DESIGNED FOR: Secondary school students studying towards NCEA Level 1 or 2. Students should have a genuine interest in a particular vocational pathway.

WHAT'S NEXT? 3+2 or full-time tertiary study.  


  • A head start on a Trades career while still at school and while achieving credits towards NCEA
  • Experience the outside world but maintain the security of school  
  • A fees-free tertiary education  
  • Free transport provided 
  • Study at WITT 1-2 days per week (depending on programme) 
  • More choices for students to include Vocational Pathways in their range of study options  
  • Gain work experience – links with local industry 
  • “Work-ready” young people Students must attend an interview and create a personal education plan

Please Note: Programmes are conditional to sufficient student numbers. 



Entry requirements

  • Be enrolled in a Taranaki secondary school; and be in Year 11, 12 or 13
  • Working towards or have completed at least 60 credits at NCEA Level 1
  • Have a genuine interest in one of the above career areas
  • Gain approval from school and parents/guardians
  • Attend an interview and create a personal education plan
  • Be motivated to succeed!

If you want to apply for Trades Academy, please visit your school's Careers Advisor. You can also contact our Secondary Tertiary Pathways email secondarypathways@witt.ac.nz


Further study options

Study at higher level.