Empowerment, Education, Enterprise
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.
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
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.
Gain valuable workplace experience along with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified professional in the construction industry.
|OCA programme||Available through Trades at School or direct with OCA|
|NZQA level||1 and 2|
|Equivalent||Year one apprenticeship for ten different trades|
|Cost||FREE for eligible students|
|Start dates||February 2018|
|Further study||Level 3 and 4|
|Career opportunities||Entry-level positions in the building industry working on residential or commercial projects under supervision.|
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.
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.
"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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