West Coast Trades Academy

Building and Construction

Building and construction is an excellent career option. In the next five to ten years New Zealand is going to need a lot of people with skills in this area, especially in Christchurch and the West Coast.

This programme will get you started on a career in building, and is hands-on, project based learning designed to give you skills in the building and construction sector. You will learn how to use and manage hand tools, power tools and machinery; and build decks, utility buildings, garden furniture and other items.

There is a high need for qualified builders in New Zealand and with the skills you gain through your Trades programme and by completing your NCEA level 2 qualifications at school you will highly employable. After completing this certificate you could become an apprentice with a building or construction business, or go on to study in a range of areas including carpentry, level 3 and 4 programmes.

Key details

Credits:48
Duration:34 weeks per year, this is a 2 year programme
Timetable:9am - 3pm Friday: Year 1
9am - 3pm Thursday: Year 2
Starts:February 2018
Ends:November 2019
ProviderTai Poutini Polytechnic

What you learn:

Employment Options:

Further Study Options:

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