Try­ing be­fore they buy into full-time study

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More than 700 sec­ondary school stu­dents will be recog­nised for their new skills gained through the EIT Schools Trades Academy in Hawke’s Bay and Gis­borne over the com­ing fort­night.

The pre­dom­i­nantly Year 12 stu­dents have swapped school uni­forms for over­alls, safety boots, hi vis vests, chef hats and cooks aprons. The pro­grammes al­low stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a vo­ca­tion while still at school by at­tend­ing classes one day a week be­fore com­mit­ting to fur­ther study. It also pro­vides in­sight into study­ing at a ter­tiary in­sti­tute, Paul Hurst­house, EIT Trades Academy man­ager says.

“Our aim is to pro­vide a safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment where they can gain unit stan­dard NCEA cred­its while be­ing sup­ported to learn new skills,” says Treena Watkins, co­or­di­na­tor of the Trades Academy. “It’s amaz­ing to see the growth in con­fi­dence that the stu­dents gain from be­ing here. There’s a no­tice­able change af­ter the first few weeks. They en­joy be­ing at our cam­puses and var­i­ous off-site lo­ca­tions, as well as wear­ing mufti and the pro­fes­sional safety gear they may be is­sued as part of their re­spec­tive pro­gramme,” she says.

“There’s an even big­ger change in the stu­dents who come back as Year 13s or who en­roll into full-time EIT pro­grammes. It’s quite a trans­for­ma­tion from school stu­dent to young adult.

Kathryn Fookes has made the most of her time in the au­to­mo­tive pro­gramme and won a Most Con­sci­en­tious Stu­dent award.

The Year 12 Taradale High School stu­dent has wanted to be a me­chanic. She plans to move from the Trades Academy into full-time EIT study next year.

“It’s what I plan to do for a liv­ing so I wanted to see what it would be like be­fore I en­rolled. I’ve re­ally en­joyed it. It’s made me more cer­tain that it’s what I want to do.”

She says be­ing the only fe­male in the pro­gramme hasn’t been an is­sue and she’s al­ready sent in her en­rol­ment. While she’s worked with her diesel me­chanic dad on the fam­ily’s cars, she says her tu­tors taught her lots of new things.

“I can’t wait to be back next year.”

The trades of­fered in­clude agri­cul­ture, an­i­mal care, au­to­mo­tive, bak­ery, build­ing and con­struc­tion, busi­ness, com­put­ing, engi­neer­ing, forestry, hair and beauty, health and fit­ness, hos­pi­tal­ity, pri­mary in­dus­try, and tra­di­tional Ma¯ ori art de­sign­ing and tech­niques.

■ Any stu­dent should reg­is­ter in­ter­est with their school’s Ca­reer Ad­vi­sor who can guide them through the ap­pli­ca­tion process. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line: www.eit.ac.nz/ sub­ject-ar­eas/trades-academy/

Kathryn Fookes, a 2018 EIT Hawke’s Bay Schools Trades Academy au­to­mo­tive par­tic­i­pant is al­ready en­rolled for full-time au­to­mo­tive trades train­ing at EIT next year.

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