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Trades Training

Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Building and Construction

National Certificate Levels 1 and 2

This level 1 and 2 course provides a pathway for students to enter into a range of trade-related occupations. It focuses on giving students practical skills for construction as they build a house on-site at OCA

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. 

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 and Construction

Basic construction skills and knowledge applied on a real building project.

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.

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.

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 

Quick Facts

OCA programme Available through Trades at School or direct with OCA
NZQA level 1 and 2
Credits 41
Equivalent Year one apprenticeship for ten different trades
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.

Success Stories


Alumni: Ezra Cossill 

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

Working as: Building Apprentice, NR Developments Limited

At age 18, 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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