West Coast Trades Academy

About us

The West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) is a partnership between all of the West Coast high schools and area schools and tertiary institutions. Greymouth High School coordinates the Academy, and Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) and Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO) are the Tertiary Partners for WCTA.

Trades academies are part of the Government’s youth initiatives. They focus on providing more choices for young New Zealanders and giving them greater opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and talents through trades and technology programmes that are jointly provided by schools and tertiary education organisations.

Benefits of the Trades Academy

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Student Eligibility

The trades academy is open to year 11, 12 and 13 students at partners schools.  Trades Academy students will continue to attend their school, taking their usual subject options, while one day a week they will attend the trades academy programme at school or Tai Poutini Polytechnic.

Trades Academy students must make  a two-year (minimum) commitment to the achievement of NCEA Level 2 and an Industry National Certificate. Students will also miss some ordinary school classes and may need to commit extra time to keep up with their learning and achievement in other subject areas.

Schools are responsible for enrolling and recommending students for the trades academy.  Each school will have a coordinator (or contact person) responsible for trades academy students.

How it works

Fees, transport and expenses

There are no fees for the Trades Academy.
Transport costs to bring students to the open day will also be covered.
Information on additional expenses required for some of the courses (such as work boots and overalls) will be provided by the West Coast Trades Academy.

Student care

While at school students will be under the usual pastoral care provisions in their school’s policies. When attending part of their course at the polytechnic, another school or in a workplace, students will need to comply with the code of behaviour and health and safety requirements of the provider delivering that part of the programme.

  • Check out the 2018 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor
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