Secondary Tertiary Pathways (STP)

Secondary Tertiary Pathways (STP) at WITT is your link between secondary school and tertiary study. We work with secondary schools, trainers and industry to help students identify career pathways and explore further opportunities for study and training.

Is it for me?

If you are in Year 11 - 13 and you are focused, committed and keen to work in a practical environment then yes, we have an option for you! Whether you want to test out a career or start gaining industry knowledge and practical skills we have options to suit. 

What does it cost?

Courses are FREE for students but there may be some course-related costs.


  • Experience Tertiary courses while studying at school
  • Gain credits towards NCEA while studying in a tertiary environment
  • A fees-free tertiary education
  • Free transport provided on many programmes
  • A head start on a career while still at school
  • More choices for students to include Vocational Pathways in their range of study options
  • Gain work experience – links with local industry
  • Become “work-ready”
  • Gain one course towards a WITT degree or diploma

3 + 2

As part of the 3+2 programme students spend 3 days a week at school, and 2 days a week at WITT working toward a Level 3 qualification. Students do this for Terms 1-3, and then in Term 4 they are solely at school to help focus on school exams.

Designed for year 13 students who have completed NCEA Level 2.

Taranaki Trades Academy

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.


STAR courses are short taster style classes that help students to explore career options and make informed decisions about their future schooling, work or study.  Courses take place over 1-6 weeks and are only a few days in total.

Designed for Year 11 students but Year 12 and 13 students are also welcome.

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