Secondary School Partnerships

Whitireia & WelTec have many secondary school partnerships to help students get ready for employment or study.

Wellington Trades Academy STAR Schools Liaison Team
Taster Days   Youth Guarantee  


Wellington Trades Academy

We offer hands-on learning and training opportunity for senior students in a career they’re passionate about. This year-long programme is designed to support students to achieve NCEA Level 2 as well as a Vocational Pathway award at Level 2.  


How it works 

The programme involves students studying at Weltec or Whitireia 2 days/week (Thurs/Fri) to gain approximately 40 credits in their chosen field. These credits can be transferred towards completing NCEA Level 2. The other 3 days (Mon-Wed), students will study at Wellington High School in a reduced programme (approx 3 subject areas). 

Students will learn in a practical, hands-on, activity and project-based environment using the latest equipment and technology relevant to their chosen career. They’ll also develop the foundation skills needed to further their studies or find a job. 

The programme is Fees Free, which means there are no course costs and all equipment, class materials, and safety gear are provided free of charge. A transport subsidy is available for students who need help getting to their programme venue.

Please note: places are limited to only 18 students per programme.



Trades Academy makes a positive difference to your education and can be a great move for your future career.

  • experience a new way of learning

  • earn NCEA Level 2 credits

  • fees free and subsidised transport costs

  • learn from industry professionals keen to share their expertise

  • learn real skills for your career

  • make new friends

  • see if the career path you’ve chosen is the right one

Subjects available for study

  • Animal Care

  • Construction Trades

  • Trades Skills

  • Creative Technology

  • Engineering and Automotive

  • Engines

  • Hair and Beauty Salon Support

  • Health Science

  • Hospitality

  • Hospitality Services

  • Salon Environment


To be eligible for study with the Wellington Trades Academy you must be enrolled in a secondary school in the greater Wellington region and have 60 credits at NCEA Level 1 including literacy and numeracy. 

Applications may be considered for students who hold fewer than the recommended NCEA credits.

For more information, talk to a careers advisor at your school, or email us at

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We want to help young people discover what they’re passionate about by offering STAR courses that let students study programmes outside of their secondary school. This is an opportunity for secondary school students to create a clear pathway into tertiary programmes or to achieve vocational credits alongside their school qualifications.


How it works

A Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) course introduces secondary school students to training for a chosen career or study at tertiary level. STAR courses are short and are only available through polytechnics and private training organisations. Programmes of study include technology and general Curriculum subjects.

Students participate in short-term programmes or introductory courses’ for a few days at a time, or one day per week for several weeks. Over one or two days, they’ll gain an insight into possible areas of further study without the pressure of being assessed.

Experience days and information sessions are also available across a range of disciplines.

For more information about STAR, please contact

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Schools Liaison Team

Our Schools Liaison Team works with secondary schools and their students, providing programmes, events, talks and awards that build advanced skills and knowledge for work or further study.

They also offer support to teachers by giving careers presentations in schools, supporting Schools Careers Evenings, expos or events, providing assistance at Subject Choice Evenings and coordinating on-site visits to our campuses.

Schools can join the Schools Liaison mailing list to receive quarterly updates. Contact the Schools Liaison Team on 0800 944 847.

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Taster Days

We offer Taster Days to give Year 9 and 10 students the opportunity to learn new skills and check out different career possibilities. We offer Taster Days at our Petone and Wellington campuses.

Petone Campus

  • Beauty Therapy

  • Engineering

  • Sports and Fitness

  • Hairdressing

  • IT Servicing

  • Decorating (Wallpapering)


Wellington Campus (Cuba St)

  • Cookery, Food and Beverage Service

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Youth Guarantee 

Are you 16-19 years old? Youth Guarantee enables you to train fees-free for up to two years in a range of practical programmes.

Complete an introductory programme at Level 1 or 2 and then choose from a wider selection of Level 3 options. Youth Guarantee can help cover your fees, course-related costs and travel. This could be ideal if you want to keep learning but feel the school is no longer right for you.

Options include:

  • Automotive
  • Construction Trades (Carpentry, Electrical, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Tiling)
  • Cookery
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Tourism

Further entry criteria may apply to particular programmes. Please check the requirements listed on each programme page. 

Travel Subsidy Guide (1.5MB PDF)

Travel Subsidy Application Form (62KB PDF)

Get in touch with our student advisers at Whitireia or WelTec to find out if you qualify.

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