NCEA Level 2 Trades Academy

Course Description

Entry is by interview with the Dean

Courses are one day a week and run in conjunction with one of the following Tertiary providers – Toi Ohomai, Yoobee, Te Wananga Aotearoa.

Construction & Infrastructure Courses

Are you... practical, detailed, analytical, hands on, out-doorsy, adventurous, creative? This exciting and varied sector is for you if you like to learn by doing. There’s a huge amount of construction and infrastructure work to be done in New Zealand over the next decade including broadband roll-outs, national road building, energy, water/wastewater and house building. Be a part of building New Zealand from the ground up!

Building & Construction - Level 2 – 30 credits


Manufacturing & Technology Courses

Are you... practical, inventive, logical, a problem solver, analytical, hands-on, tech savvy, detailed? There’s an amazing mix of jobs across this sector to suit everyone. From hands-on production and assembly to cutting-edge research, from massive machines and busy production lines to individual crafts or computer design and more! This sector covers a range of working styles and options; with skill shortages across the sector. Begin your NZ certification or apprenticeship while still at school.

Go Kart - Level 2 – 24 credits

Engineering – Level 2 – 25 credits

Automotive Engineering - Level 2 – 25 credits

Primary Industries Courses

Are you... an animal lover, outdoorsy, green fingered, environmentally aware, adventurous, sustainable, practical, driven? Does the thought of being stuck in an office scare the life out of you? Do you like the thought of helping our planet or working on the land? There’s a broad range of jobs in this sector, from hands-on farm work to environmental science. You could work in some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, planting, growing, or tending animals, trees and crops.

Farming & Agriculture - Level 2 - 23 credits

Wood Manufacturing - Level 2 – 20 credits

Forestry Industry - Level 2 – 23 credits

Pest Operations - Level 2/3 – 18 credits

Services Industries Courses

Are you... fun, a people person, entrepreneurial, sporty, adventurous, health conscious, independent, a foodie? Services industries makes up two thirds of New Zealand’s workforce including transport, tourism, communications, trade, hospitality to name a few. If you like working with people, then you’ll be pleased to know there are growing demands for more educated and skilled young people just like you in jobs as diverse as hairdressing, culinary arts and personal training

Hair, Beauty & Retail - Level 2 – 15 credits

Hospitality - Level 2 - 19 credits

Social, Health & Community Services Courses

Are you... a people person, mentoring, sharing, educating, community minded, nurturing and caring? Do you have the drive to help others? Then a career in the social and community services could be for you. From nurses and other health care professionals to police and armed services, educators, ECE and therapists, this sector is a big employer in New Zealand and is essential for maintaining the well-being, education and safety of people both here in New Zealand and around the world.

Exercise & Sports - Level 2 – 28 credits

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students will be out of class one day each week and are taught the practical requirements by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Recommended Prior Learning

Entry is by interview with Dean.


It is the policy of Taupo-nui-a-Tia College to have school-wide policies that inform parents and students of the criteria for administering all Assessments for National Qualifications.

Credits listed may change.

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