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Trades Training


Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Train in trades and BUILD your future

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Train in trades through the Oceania Career Academy to kick-start your career in a range of trades based industries. A trade can take you anywhere in the world and trades qualifications will increase the amount you can earn.

We will support you through our programmes so that you succeed and secure a future in a trade. While studying a trade at OCA, you will be mentored and supported throughout. Your success is our success. 

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Why trades?

  • Gain transferrable trade skills
  • Get NCEA credits towards your apprenticeship
  • Gain a work ready passport
  • Stand out with industry
  • Start your pathway to securing a job for life
  • Build a brighter future for yourself and you whanau

Why OCA?

While studying a trade at OCA, you will be mentored and supported throughout. OCA believes in walking alongside you and empowering you to succeed. Students receive help in an innovative and positive way to cross the bridge between school or unemployment into trade careers. Key life values and skills we focus on include work ethic, team building, leadership training, financial literacy, business dynamics, personal development and drug and alcohol awareness.

Featured Industries

Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering sector leads to a range of careers including design and giving advice on the building and repair of machines and tools or working with specialist tools. Mechanical engineers also investigate problems and faults with machinery, and study ways to improve manufacturing and energy production. OCA graduates of the Certificate in Mechanical Engineering develop skills in fitting and machining, learn how to make engineering tools, learn skills in general and maintenance engineering, develop technical drawing skills, and welding skills. 

Infrastructure Works

Infrastructure is the foundation on which so much of our economy relies, whether it is reliable electricity, clean drinking water, or transport networks that allow us to safely undertake our work and live our lives every day. From 2015-2025, approximately $110 billion is forecast to be spent on infrastructure. The Crown’s infrastructure assets alone are worth more than a full year of total output from the economy. The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 sets out a vision that in 2045 New Zealand’s infrastructure will be resilient and coordinated, and contribute to a strong economy and high living standards. Jobs in the infrastructure industry range from building the roads, ports, airports, infrastructure and property in the transport infrastructure, water, energy, mining and land development sectors.  

Our Programmes

Foundation Skills (Carpentry and Fabrication)

NZ Certificate Level 2 – 60 Credits

This level 2 course combines pathways and goals focused learning with projects and team work. You will be able to relate your own culture to design and incorporate your own style and designs into cabinetry, stools and café tables. 

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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.

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Carpentry Trade Skills

OCA Certificate Level 3

If you want to join the carpentry trade, this Level 3 course will help you to develop the transferable skills you need to become work-ready as an apprentice.

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