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Trades Training

Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Working in partnership


OCA works in partnership with industry to deliver qualified, skilled, professional and motivated tradespeople into the workforce. Our ultimate goal is more young Pacific people in sustained, higher paid employment, providing what industry demands.

Industry is involved in every aspect of our programme, including pre-screening our students, development of training, skills and employment programmes, and matching student and industry needs.

All OCA graduates are qualified with a NZQA levels 1-2 Certificate while exhibiting traits developed through the pastoral care and mentoring elements of the OCA programme, such as being alcohol and drug free, financially literate and motivated.

We provide students with an understanding of the whole transition process from unemployment or school through to a successful career in trades.

By empowering and supporting Pasifika families to aspire to better achievement in education through our programmes, and supporting them to be the best they can be as individuals, the result is a Pasifika person who will be an outstanding student, employee, parent and leader in their employment, within their families and communities.

OCA graduates are

  • Skilled – qualified with a NZQA levels 1-2 certificate in their chosen field
  • Professional – exhibiting a good work ethic, alcohol and drug free, financially literate punctual, responsibility, respect, leadership and competence
  • Motivated – empowered to achieve improved financial success, better health and a stronger fanau and community

Employer Spotlight: Peter Wilson, Carters 


As a longstanding employer based in South Auckland, the building company Carters had been frustrated by the lack of job applications residing within the local area. They’re now working with OCA to turn that around.


Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson, NR Developments


Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson.

“It used to be that I could go through dozens of guys before I found a good one,” he says. “But OCA has helped start to change that. They provide people who have an understanding of what the industry is all about and what’s expected from them.”


Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward, Metal Skills Ltd


When John Kotoisuva knocked on the door of Metal Skills Ltd in East Tamaki, Factory Manager Phillip Ward was more than interested.

“From past experience, hiring young people wasn’t that successful overall,” says Phillip.


Featured Industries


New Zealand's manufacturing industries make an important contribution to the national economy. According to NZ Treasury the sector contributes approximately 12% of real GDP. Primary sector processing of forestry and food such as dairy and fisheries make up a significant proportion of the sector and produce high-quality products for both the domestic and export market. Careers may involve manufacturing of wood, metals, textiles, chemicals or other materials, making or processing food or beverages, using technology to develop and monitor production, working with your hands or managing and planning production. OCA graduates of the Certificate in Manufacturing will develop basic skills in production processes, handling and health and safety.

Construction / Carpentry / Building

The construction sector is one of the largest sectors in the economy, employing over 7% of NZ’s workforce according to Careers NZ. Jobs can range from house-building to construction of basic infrastructure and large building developments. The unprecedented workload from the Christchurch rebuild and from Auckland is driving demand for more skills than ever before in New Zealand. 

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