Empowerment, Education, Enterprise
Oceania Career Academy is New Zealand’s first Pacific-owned and led Private Training Establishment (PTE) for Trades. It builds on the Trades at School (TAS) Programme offered in schools since 2009.
OCA is working to achieve more young Pacific people in higher paid employment. We deliver NZQA Levels 1-4 vocational training for youths (predominantly Pacific) with a student-focused, career-focused and industry-driven programme.
We are NZQA accredited and use education as a vehicle to develop youth through employment skills training, bridging students from secondary school into skilled industry employment and higher education.
We have a proven track record acting as a “connector” between students and families, from schools and tertiary institutions through to employers providing skilled, well paid work.
OCA trains and then matches up Pacific youth with employers that are looking for keen workers who have the potential to learn trade-specific skills.
From the more than 300 students that have come through OCA’s programmes, the vast majority are either in employment or undertaking further study.
“This course is helping me feel what it’s like in the real world. I have learnt heaps and would like to get a building career after this.”
“The organisation is effectively led and managed by a Board and management team with complementary strengths and capabilities. There is a strong commitment to the organisation’s well-articulated vision, strategy and values which has provided a good foundation for the organisation. As the decisions regarding future pathways and programmes are made and implemented, evidence of the impact and value of the outcomes is likely to inform and strengthen the future sustainability of the organization.”
“The three estimating trainees are doing really well. They are already producing basic truss estimate take-offs and have just passed their ‘MiTek 101 introduction to engineering and NZ building regulations’ exam. The minimum mark to pass is 70% and the three scored 85% - 88%. This is excellent given they have only been in the role for 2 weeks!”
Our dedicated management team includes Trades at School Founder John Kotoisuva and General Manager Anthony Tu'itahi.
Our dedicated mentor and tutor team includes Delana Tagicakibau, Stephen Bambury, Ian Katoa, Tu Nu'uali'itia and Travis Fenton.
Our Board is made up of a talented group of professionals working in health, education and the corporate sectors and includes Tevita Funaki (Chair), John Patterson, Tapuai Fa'amalua Tipi, Kenina Court and Peter Sherwin.