hands-on tertiary education with no fees


both theory and practical learning


pathways to further tertiary training


pathways to local workforce needs

Cohort Courses

Designed for groups of students from one school.
Generally, at level 2, held one day a week, over 30 weeks or noho style through intensive 1-week blocks, over a 30-week period
*Please see Te Wānanga o Aotearoa for these cohort course options.

Taster Courses

Where students can gain “a taste” of several different industries by enrolling in 3 separate courses, 1 each term, to make up a full year programme.
Generally, for Levels 1 or 2, one day a week, for 10 week terms.


Foundation Courses

Offer a foundational skills and training experience for students looking into a particular trade.

Generally, a level 2 course, offered one day a week, for 30 weeks.

Advanced Courses

Offer a in-depth skills training, where student can also attain credits towards an industry certificate or pathway into apprenticeships, trades employment or further tertiary level training.
Generally, level 2 or 3, and are held 1 or 2 days a week, for 30 weeks.

Pathways Awarua

Pathways Awarua

Pathways Awarua Pathways Awarua is a free and fun way of learning online and getting job ready. Pathways Awarua is a free and fun way of learning online, that gets you up to speed with all those essential skills. With over 400 modules, you can choose the content that most interests you. You can choose to improve your reading, learn new words, practice writing letters, calculate percentages, learn the road code, and many more skills that are...

Career Fit, Level 2

Career Fit, Level 2

Careers FIT, Level 2Employ NZ has partnered with the School of Hard Knocks to offer Career Fit, Level 2. Our career fit course is great for students who want to become fit, healthy, and more confident while gaining NCEA Level 2 over 26 weeks. This course is perfect for those who are looking at an active career such as Police, Military, or coaching. Much of this course is conducted outside of the classroom either in the gym, playing a sport, or...

Careers Unlimited, Level 1

Careers Unlimited, Level 1

Careers Unlimited, Level 1This program, offered by Employ NZ in Whakatane,  is designed to improve confidence and general life skills to progress into employment, community life or further study. Here students learn self-management, personal wellness, assertiveness financial planning and problem solving as well as developing the literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the requirements of NCEA 1 and 2. ·       Literacy and numeracy ·      ...

Tane Mahuta Forestry Apprenticeships

Tane Mahuta Forestry Apprenticeships

Tane Mahuta Forestry ApprenticeshipsThe foundation course teaches practical skills: Learning how to prepare planting sites, plant trees, release spray, and prune trees. Harvesting courses include training for breaking out, felling and landing operations. You may also receive training in basic chainsaw operations.  Other foundation training includes health and safety, and hydration and nutrition.  Numeracy and literacy courses may also be...

Horticulture Training Program

Horticulture Training Program

Fruition Horticulture Training ProgramHe Tū Te Wana is a fully funded programme that prepares youth (16-19 years) to enter the horticulture industry. This programme is a 16 week course focusing on the soft skills required to function successfully in the workplace as well as acquire basic horticultural skills. Pastoral care of our rangatahi (youth) is provided throughout their student journey which includes a pick-up and drop-off service for the...


Labourer, carpenter, scaffolder, roofer, painter, plasterer, crane
operator, earth mover, manager.

Creative Industries

Graphic designer, animator, gaming designer, performer, lighting or sound technician, choreographer,  prod manager

Manufacturing & Technology

Auto groomer, builder, repair technician, mechanical engineer, machinist, IT technician, programmer.

Primary Industries

Logger, planter, forest manager, farm assistant, dairy farmer, farm manager, aquaculture farmer.

Service Industries

Customer service, food & beverage, hotel management, tour guide, coordinator, hair stylist, beauty therapist.

Social & Community Services

Personal trainer, sports team trainer, premier coach, social worker, caregiver, support worker.

Step Into your Future.

Gain tertiary training and qualifications as part of high school without having to pay tertiary fees. Get hands-on, trades training linked to our region’s, 21st century, workforce needs.

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