Bay of Plenty Trades Academy

Youth trades academies (Secondary Tertiary Programmes) aim to engage young people in education and equip them with the vocational skills and training they need to gain future employment.

Waiariki offers an opportunity for secondary school students in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to begin their tertiary studies in select subjects while simultaneously completing their secondary school studies – without paying additional fees.

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Trades Academy opened its doors in Whakatane in 2011. Located on Waiariki’s campus on Cutler Crescent, the academy gives students a head-start in an industry related career while achieving NCEA. They will gain knowledge, practical skills and work experience while gaining credit toward tertiary qualifications at Levels 2 or 3 as well as NCEA.

How it works

Academy classes are held at Waiariki. First-year students attend classes every Friday during Year 12. Second-year students attend every Thursday and Friday during Year 13. Classes run 9am-3pm and may include work experience or work placement within local industry or business.

Training options available

The trades academy provides the following tertiary programmes:

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Construction
  • Culinary and Hospitality
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Hairdressing and Beauty
  • Health Care

How to enrol

Places are limited and students will be selected from across all 10 schools based on specific criteria. Contact the careers advisor at your school to get a copy of the Eastern Bay of Plenty Trades Academy Prospectus and an application form.

Page last updated: 02 May 2017