Training and qualifications for a rewarding trades career

Students in years 11-13 who are interested in a career in the trades, technology or industry, can use the Vocational Pathways to identify and plan their study options and develop clear pathways to vocational qualifications that are relevant in the workplace.

Trades Academies are based on partnerships between schools, tertiary institutions, industry training organisations, and employers. They are aligned with the Vocational Pathways to deliver an NCEA (or equivalent) qualification and a programme that leads to a trades related nationally transferrable tertiary qualification levels 1, 2 or 3.

Top of the South Trades Academy

West Coast Trades Academy


Prospective students

If you are interested in enrolling in a Trades Academy, you should first talk to your secondary school or with your regional Trades Academy.

As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary between academies.

Find a Trades Academy

For more information please contact trades.academy@education.govt.nz.

Guidance for participating schools

Trades Academy/Secondary-Tertiary Programme operational policy and guidelines

Trades Academies information for educators