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Trades at School

OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work

undefinedTrades at School (TAS) is a programme for Year 12 and 13 secondary students. We offer the OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work, with the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering. 

 

Work Readiness element (compulsory) 

  • Work in a new workplace
  • Identify and describe basic employment rights and responsibilities and sources of information and assistance
  • Describe requirements and expectations faced by employees within the workplace
  • Describe care and timeliness as an employee

Site Safe Certificate - First Aid (compulsory)

  • Provide first aid for life threatening conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

Trades training element (choose a major)

Students have the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering.

Building and Construction Project

  • Identify, select, maintain and use hand tools for BCATS projects
  • Identify, select, maintain and use portable power tools for BCATS projects
  • Construct a non-consent timber framed utility building as a BCATS project

Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering Project

  • Select, use and care for, engineering hand held engineering power tools
  • Select, use and maintain portable, and held engineering power tools
  • Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision

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 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

The Programme

Trades at School (TAS) is a one year programme for Year 12 and 13 secondary students. We offer the OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work, with the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering.

We work with Auckland secondary schools to recruit students with an interest in trades, and the Certificate in Preparing for Work is the year one equivalent for an apprenticeship in ten different trades.

During Year 12 or Year 13, students attend the OCA training centre one day a week, and complete work experience placements in industry during school holidays.

TAS also includes group activities in school holidays to strengthen student relationships with mentors and other students. These activities include camps/outdoor activities, visits to community facilities, dinners and breakfast clubs along with opportunities to hear successful business people share their own experiences.

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

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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Alumni: Joe Nuku

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

Working as: Engineering Apprentice, Metal Skills Ltd

Like many teenagers, Joe Nuku wasn’t sure where his future career lay. But when his school, Papakura High, hosted an introduction to careers seminar, one about trades grabbed his attention.

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"OCA was really good, because it's not only teaching you in the moment - they mentor you and help you with life skills. It's like insurance - you're with them and they’ll help you throughout your whole life" 

Edward Fa'alolo, Trades at School alumni 

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