West Coast Trades Academy


If your passion is cooking and you want to work as a chef this programme is the one for you. This programme will prepare you with the basic skills to begin working in a kitchen or provide you with the ability to progress into further training.

A programme of introductory cookery with relevant theory and practical learning is the start of a career where you can work all over the West Coast, New Zealand or overseas. Employment options include kitchen hand, chef or cook. Further training options include Professional Culinary Arts Level 4 and 5, or there are specialised training options such as patisserie, baking or butchery.

Our commercial kitchens are equipped to a high standard to cater for all your learning needs. Check out West Coast Trades Academy on Facebook to see what cookery students prepare during their training.

During the course students are introduced to specialist cooking areas such as baking, fish filleting, commercial catering as well as learning about food safety and expanding their knowledge of culinary products.

NZ Hospitality Championships:
Exciting news! Students in our 2018/2019 cookery programme will have the opportunity to enter the New Zealand Hospitality Championships, held in Auckland! The West Coast Trades Academy will provide all transport and accommodation required, at ZERO cost if our students make it to the finals – What a fantastic opportunity!

Key details

Duration:This is a 1 year programme
Timetable:Monday 9am - 3pm, Westport Level 2 and 3
Friday 9am - 3pm, Greymouth
Starts:February 2019
Ends:November 2019, Westport
November 2019, Greymouth
ProviderTai Poutini Polytechnic and Buller High School – Westport
Tai Poutini Polytechnic – Greymouth

What you learn:

Employment Options:

Further Study Options:

  • Check out the 2019 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor

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