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Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Building Construction & Allied Trades / Manufacturing

National Certificate Level 2 – 41 Credits / NZ Certificate Level 2 – 40 Credits

This level 2 course combines the National Certificate in Building Construction Level 2 (41 Credits) and Allied Trades / NZ Certificate in Manufacturing  Level 2 (40 Credits). It provides a pathway for students to enter into a range of trade-related occupations and focuses on giving students practical skills in construction and engineering.

If you're a Pacific youth aged 16-19 then we currently have spaces in this programme starting FEBRUARY 2018. To find out more, complete our enrolment enquiry form and we'll get in touch and talanoa with you about your options.

Trades training element

Learn to use a range of hand tools, portable power tools and machines under supervision, select and correctly install the appropriate building materials and fastenings, interpret simple drawings to obtain building dimensions, and dispose of waste material with environmental considerations. Apply an awareness of workplace processes and practices to effectively participate in a manufacturing operation, meet basic health and safety workplace requirements relevant to an entry level role in manufacturing, and follow instructions and carry out entry level tasks in a manufacturing operation. 

Mentoring element

While studying a trade at OCA, students are mentored and supported throughout. OCA believes in walking alongside students and empowering them to succeed. Students receive help in an innovative and positive way to cross the bridge between school or unemployment and exposure to industry, into productive jobs and careers in a trade of their choice.

Key life values and skills we focus on

  • Work ethic
  • Team building
  • Leadership training
  • Financial literacy
  • Business dynamics
  • Personal development
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness

National Certificate in Building Construction and Allied Trades / NZ Certificate in Manufacturing

Basic construction skills and knowledge applied on a real building project and foundation skills and knowledge to work in entry level operational, or non operational roles in the manufacturing sector.

Learn your trade and apply your skills by working on the construction of a non-consented timber-framed building at OCA and be able to describe the steps needed to build one. Develop the necessary safety awareness for employment on a building site.

Apply an awareness of workplace processes and practices to effectively participate in a manufacturing operation. 

Complete work experience placements in industry. NCEA credits gained can be applied to further tertiary study or year 1 of an apprenticeship.

This qualification can lead to entry-level positions in the building industry working on residential or commercial projects under supervision, or to an entry level operational or non operational role in a
manufacturing plant. 

What You Learn

Gain valuable workplace experience along with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified professional in the construction industry.

  • Identify, select and maintain hand and portable power tools
  • Demonstrate the ability to work safely in a workplace environment 
  • Listen to instructions and communicate information about a trades project
  • Plan and monitor the construction and final quality of a trades project 
  • Produce transactional texts in complex forms
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the carpentry industry within a building and construction environment 
  • Construct timber garden furniture and basic construction equipment items
  • Read and interpret plans, working drawings and specifications
  • Apply maths processes to projects 

Gain foundation skills and knowledge to work in entry level operational, or non operational roles in the manufacturing sector: 

  • Apply an awareness of workplace processes and practices to effectively participate in a manufacturing operation
  • Meet basic health and safety workplace requirements relevant to an entry level role in manufacturing
  • Follow instructions and carry out entry level tasks in a manufacturing operation

Quick Facts

Study method and duration Full time 
OCA programme Available direct with OCA
NZQA level 2
Credits 81
Cost FREE for eligible students
Start dates February 2018
Enrolments Open now
Further study Level 3 and 4
Career opportunities Entry-level positions in the building industry working on residential or commercial projects under supervision. Entry level operational, or non operational roles in the manufacturing sector. 

Success Stories

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Alumni: Ezra Cossill 

Studied: Levels 1 and 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with Trades at School 

Working as: Building Apprentice, NR Developments Limited

Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else than what he does now as an apprentice carpenter/builder.

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Employer: Nathan Robertson 

Director, NR Developments

Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school.

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"OCA was good because I wanted to use my hands and it's a good practical way of learning and it's really beneficial for some people" 

Ezra Cossill, Trades at School alumni 

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If you're a Pacific youth aged 16-19 then we currently have spaces in this programme starting FEBRUARY 2018. To find out more, complete our enrolment enquiry form and we'll get in touch and talanoa with you about your options.

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