Secondary Tertiary Programmes

Secondary-Tertiary Programmes are a partnership between schools, tertiary providers, local communities, and employers to provide young people with better education and employment opportunities.

There is a growing demand for more skilled workers from New Zealand industries. Using Vocational Pathways, young people can gain the necessary foundation-level education and skills training that employers want. Secondary-Tertiary Programmes provide more relevant learning options for young people to remain in education and acquire the knowledge and skills local communities need.

Trades Academies

Trades academies (Secondary-Tertiary Programmes) aim to engage young people in education and equip them with the vocational skills and training they need to gain future employment.

Trades academies are aligned with the Vocational Pathways and deliver trades and technology programmes to secondary students. They are based on partnerships between schools, tertiary institutions, industry training organisations, and employers.

Students in years 11–13 who are interested in a career in the trades or in technology can use the Vocational Pathways to identify and plan their study options and develop clear pathways to vocational qualifications that are relevant in the workplace.

Trades academies locations and contact details are on STP-Map-2017.pdf

Trades Academies for Educators

What can students achieve in trades academies?

Students will achieve a minimum of NCEA Level 2, by combining study at a trades academy with studies towards their NCEA that leads to a nationally transferable tertiary qualification Levels 1, 2 or 3.

What are programme requirements for trade academies?

A trades academy programme is full time (25–30 hours per week) for students already enrolled at school and consists of learning in both secondary and tertiary settings. Appropriate work experience may also be part of the relevant secondary or tertiary programme.

A variety of programmes are currently in place across the trades academies. Most commonly students will undertake one or two days of tertiary/trade-based learning each week, with the remainder of the programme delivered at their secondary school. The school course component will involve relevant subject courses and other appropriate activities.

How do students enrol in a trades academy?

When students are interested in applying to participate in a trades academy, they should first contact their school or tertiary provider and/or trades academy directly for information about their programmes.

As different programmes are offered, entry requirements, application, and interview processes (including selection criteria) may vary between academies.

For more information about each of the established trades academies (Secondary-Tertiary Providers), refer to the document below which outlines areas of operation, website details and programme content overview.

Allocation of places in trades academies

Trades academy (STP) programme summary 2017

Twenty-three Secondary-Tertiary Programmes/trades academies are operating a programme in 2017, with 6,350 (an increase of 160 places from 2016) allocated student places from Northland to Southland. The 2017 increase follows the further budget available from 2016 as per the Ministers’ announcements in October 2015. For more details regarding each programme, please contact us.

Applications for funded places in 2017 were received from all 23 established secondary-tertiary providers, requesting more than 7,700 places in 2017. This demonstrates the growing demand for places. Places have been allocated based on several key criteria, in particular:

  • ability to deliver integrated learning programmes
  • positive impacts to youth guarantee networks, regions, and priority learners
  • student achievement performance (NCEA Level 2)
  • attendance rates and general compliance with funding agreement performance indicators
  • ability to fully utilise allocated funded places.

The places allocated to each secondary-tertiary provider in 2017 are also indicative allocations for 2018, subject to budget decisions and compliance with the requirements outlined in the 2017 funding agreement with each secondary-tertiary provider.

Secondary-tertiary provider/trades academy operational policy and guidelines

The Ministry has recently published a new version of the Secondary-Tertiary Provider/Trades Academy Programme operational policy and guidelines document. The document seeks to aid programme lead providers and participating schools ensure minimum programme expectations are clearly defined and to set out eligibility requirements in more detail.

The document will be expanded over time with the Trades Academy Advisory Group (TAAG) and wider STP/Trades Academy stakeholders also participating in the development of the operational policy.

STP-TA-Programme-Operational-Policy-and-Guidelines.pdf

Guidance for participating schools

The following guidance documentation provides specific guidance for schools participating in STP/trades academies programmes. It outlines the STP funding model and its effects on schools’ staffing and other entitlements.

To assist schools in understanding STP/Trades Academy funding and roll return reporting, a high level presentation has been prepared to support senior leaders and operational staff. The presentation also outlines how other similar programmes such as the Dual Pathways Pilot works at an operational level (including roll return requirements). The guidance can be found via the link below:

For more information, contact us.

Trades Academy Advisory Group

The Trades Academy Advisory Group (TAAG) was established in 2014 to provide specialist advice to the Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission in the development and refinement of STP/trades academy strategy and operational policy. Further information can be found in the terms of reference or by contacting the Ministry.

For more information, contact us.

Trades Academies for Students

Prospective students

If you are interested in enrolling in a trades academy (Secondary-Tertiary Programme), talk to your secondary school or with your regional trades academy.

Find a Trades Academy here

Examples of trades academies:

Top of the South Trades Academy – video

West Coast Trades Academy – video

For more information, contact us here

Youth Guarantee Partnerships

The Youth guarantee networks bring together education providers, the community, and employers to deliver new vocational learning opportunities for young people.

Using the Vocational Pathways, networks can develop new learning programmes to enable young people to gain the foundation learning skills valued by tertiary institutions and employers, and to achieve NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.

This enables all young people to have the opportunity to make successful transitions to further education, training and employment.

  • Up to 70 percent of young people do not go to university and need clear pathways to further learning and employment.
  • All young Māori and Pasifika students need to remain in learning at and beyond NCEA Level 2 or equivalent.
  • Education and local economies need to be better aligned to ensure relevant skills are being developed to meet the needs of employers.

The networks aim to provide all students with:

  • greater learning choices and opportunities, using the Vocational Pathways
  • relevant learning environments and programmes that meet their needs
  • learning programmes that are valued by employers
  • clear pathways to transition to further study or work.

Youth guarantee networks are developing around the country. If you are an education provider, employer, iwi, or stakeholder in your community and are committed to improving outcomes for your local young people, contact us to get involved.

Find a partnership near to you.