Wellington Trades Academy partners with local secondary schools, Whitireia and WelTec to provide year-long training programmes that allow students to achieve NCEA Level 2 and get ready for employment or higher level study.

Choose one subject for hands-on learning for two days a week. If you choose our Health Science programme, you will study for one day a week.

Trades Academy booklet (3.2MB PDF)

How you'll benefit

There are several advantages to enrolling in Wellington Trades Academy:

  • Productively use your time by learning career based skills while achieving NCEA Level 2 
  • Stay enrolled at school and keep participating in the extra-curricular activities you enjoy like sport, music and cultural events
  • Experience tertiary learning
  • Test a career path and see if it suits you

How it works

  • You will earn NCEA credits
  • Study fees free with subsidised transport costs
  • Be coached by industry professionals keen to share their knowledge
  • Be provided with an opportunity to start learning real skills for your career

Subjects available for study

  • Animal Care
  • Construction Trades
  • Trades Skills
  • Creative Technology
  • Engineering and Automotive
  • Engines
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Fitness
  • 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 call us on 0800 944 847.

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