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Trades Training

Empowerment, Education, Enterprise

Train in trades and BUILD your future


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

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. 


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.

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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