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Mrs Weepu (Whaea C) - Careers advisor —

Read on to find out more about different options available for you when you leave school.

Westland High School career news provides students with the latest information about special events, employer visits, workshops, career tips and available jobs and apprenticeships.

CareerQuest

Don’t know what jobs are out there? CareerQuest is a fun and easy way to explore job ideas.
CareerQuest takes just 15 minutes. Complete the 78 question photo quiz carefully crafted by career experts. CareerQuest suggests job ideas matched to your interests.

https://www.careers.govt.nz/tools/careerques

Universities

  • University courses have an academic and research focus and concentrate on theoretical rather than hands-on learning. Some can also have a more specific focus (like Lincoln does with agricultural production).
  • Universities today are businesses as well as teaching institutions. Courses are charged for and students can reasonably expect all the teaching and support that is needed to help them pass these courses.

List of links to NZ's 8 universities

Students considering attending university when they leave school should visit this website https://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/new-zealand-students/why-go-university
It has many links to more information about the universities on offer in New Zealand and on all the undergraduate degrees available in NZ listed. I highly recommend this resource.

Polytechnics or Institutes of Technology

Polytechnics or Institutes of Technology offer courses with a practical focus, teaching skills and knowledge that are important to industry and businesses who end up as your potential employer. Courses can range in length from one day to four years, and generally try to connect you as a student with the industry or field you are studying. Some actively promote and conduct applied and technological research based around industry needs. There are 18 of these around the country, and usually provide only limited accommodation options in comparison to universities.

Wānanga

  • Polytechnics or Institutes of Technology offer courses with a practical focus, teaching skills and knowledge that are important to industry and businesses who end up as your potential employer.
  • Courses can range in length from one day to four years, and generally try to connect you as a student with the industry or field you are studying.
  • Some actively promote and conduct applied and technological research based around industry needs.
  • There are 18 of these around the country, and usually provide only limited accommodation options in comparison to universities.

Private Training Establishments (PTEs)

  • New Zealand has a huge number (over 500) of Private Training Establishments (PTEs) that offer a wide range of NZQA-accredited tertiary courses and qualifications, usually in specialist fields.
  • Some PTEs offer courses with no fees, but you would need to check this with the individual provider.
  • Many are focused on the international student market, usually indicated by the emphasis on English teaching through their courses

Occupational Outlook

If you have no idea what career path to take you may find it useful to look at this website and get the app It is a great tool for exploring study and career options, with extensive information on labour supply and demand in over 100 occupations in New Zealand. The app outlines how to enter each role, how many are studying in related fields, how many are employed, and what the average incomes are. It also outlines what are the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.https://occupationoutlook.mbie.govt.nz/

Looking Locally

Te Tai Poutini Polytechnic

TPP offers Year 11 to 13 students exciting opportunities to kick start their career towards a vocational qualification. These programmes are an amazing pathway that offers all young students still at school the opportunity to kick start their chosen career path. TPP’s Secondary Tertiary Pathways keeps students engaged in education as they transition from a secondary to tertiary environment, and gain NCEA Level 1-3 and a tertiary qualification.

Practical hands-on learning

Students learn the foundation skills relevant to their chosen career path in a practical hands-on learning environment using industry standard equipment and technology.

Benefits

  • A fees-free tertiary education
  • A head start on a Trades career while still at school and while achieving NCEA
  • Study at TPP for 1-2 days per week
  • More choices for students to include vocational pathways in their range of study options
  • Gain work experience – links with local industry
  • "Work-ready" young people
  • Enrol into further study after successful completion

Careers New Zealand

After Nikita heard a TV presenter saying he had "never seen a female plumber", she wanted to prove him wrong! So Nikita joined the Seven Sharp team last night to talk about her job as a plumber and why she recommends women take up the trade. Nikita is one of three women who work for Hutt Gas and Plumbing. What does she love most about her job?...
"The variety. It's not just about poo"! Watch the video here: https://bit.ly/3g8KcqX

Find out more about plumbing careers here: https://bit.ly/careersnzplumber