Trades academies aim to get young New Zealanders engaged in education and equip tomorrow’s workforce with relevant skills by linking with the wider industry training system.
Trades academies focus on delivering trades and technology programmes to secondary students based on partnerships between schools, tertiary institutions (in Tamaki College’s case, Manukau Institute of Technology), industry training organisations and employers. In our Trades Academy, students in years 12 and 13, who are interested in a career in trades are able to combine study at a trades academy with studies towards their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and a nationally transferable tertiary qualification Level 1, 2 or 3.
The Ministry of Education state that the purpose of a Trades Academy is to:
• motivate more students to stay engaged in learning and training by providing them with a greater number of options for study
• provide students with clear pathways post-school by giving them a head start on training for vocational qualifications and smooth access to employment
• improve the responsiveness of schools to business and economic needs.
Trades academies are the first example of a secondary-tertiary programme that will provide a broad range of learning opportunities for senior secondary students interested in a trades career, to ensure they stay engaged in education for longer. The programme is delivered through partnerships developed between schools, tertiary and industry organisations.
The programme is full time for students already enrolled at school and
• consists of both secondary and tertiary elements
• includes appropriate work experience where this forms part of the tertiary or secondary part of the programme.
Intended outcomes for students:
The programme must lead to a worthwhile qualification for the students enrolled in the trades academy. This is a minimum of NCEA level 2. Students must also be working toward a trades-related nationally-transferrable tertiary qualification in Level 1, 2 or 3 as part of the programme.
Service academies are military-focused programmes delivered within schools.
The purposes of a Service Academy are to:
• encourage students to stay engaged in learning by providing a motivating and disciplined programme;
• help students to gain improved qualifications and help them prepare to move successfully into the Services, the workforce or further education and training.
Each Service Academy will offer around 20 students a one-year programme. Students will be expected to:
• Work towards and attain a minimum of NCEA Level One mathematics and English, as well as other credits from the National Qualifications Framework appropriate to their interests and career choices.
• Participate in a range of motivating and challenging learning experiences provided in association with the New Zealand Defence Force’s Youth Development Unit. These include a two-week induction course, a leadership course, and advanced leadership course, a coast to coast course and other outdoor-based activities.