West Coast Trades Academy

Vocational Pathways

Vocational pathways work alongside your NCEA levels 1-3 learning and help you plan what you need to study to achieve your career goals.

Every student will work with their school Trades Academy co-ordinator to develop an individual learning plan to make sure they are making the right study choices to meet their career goals. Vocational pathways have been developed to make sure students are learning relevant skills and knowledge in areas that employers’ value. They also make it easier for employers to see the range of work ready skills, industry training and learning that students have achieved while they are at school.

To find out more about vocational pathways visit:

Trades Academy Vocational Pathway Awards

All but one of the programmes offered by the West Coast Trades Academy will provide you with the ability to achieve a vocational pathways award. This can be a real advantage when you get out there and look for work and training opportunities in the sector.

Attain a vocational pathways award by:

+ Achieving NCEA level 2
+ Meeting literacy and numeracy requirements (20 credits at level 1 or above)
+ Gaining 60 level 2 credits from recommended standards INCLUDING
+ At least 20 level 2 credits from sector-related standards
= Vocational Pathways Award

Training options 2018

The West Coast Trades Academy provides you with the following Vocational Pathways training options in 2018:

  • Check out the 2018 Programme PDF Guide here!
  • Talk to your school Trades Academy co-ordinator or careers advisor
Art and Design Automotive Engineering Mechanical Engineering and CAD Computer Programming and Fusion Intern Programme Building and Construction Uniformed Services Agriculture Sport, Health and Exercise Cookery Manaaki Tapoi Cultural Tourism Adventure Tourism Leadership Outdoor Leadership Tourism Operations Tourism and Customer Service Hair and Beauty Music, Sound and Audio Creative Industries Manufacturing and Technology Construction and Infrastructure Social and Community Services Primary Industries Services Industries