STAR / Gateway & Trade Academy Programmes

Star & Gateway Programmes

The National Trade Academy runs a variety of different Star and Gateway programmes for secondary school students. The Star and Gateway programmes are funded via secondary schools so that students have the opportunity to try out different industries and gain NZQA units standards at the same time. They are like 'taster' courses, where students come out and work in a small group at our Training Centre and local farms or businesses. The programmes usually run for one day a week for five to eight weeks, however, days and lengths of the programmes are often flexible. Contact the National Trade Academy or your Star or Gateway Coordinator at your school to find out more.

Gateway to the Land - STAR & Gateway Programme booklet

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Land-Based Trade Academy (LBTA)

For secondary school students

The National Trade Academy, in partnership with contributing schools, industry organisations and tertiary education providers, delivers land-based trades and technology programmes for young people Years 11-13.

The Land-Based Trade Academy provides the opportunity for students to learn the knowledge and practical skills of a land-based vocational career while remaining in school.

Students can continue with their core NCEA subjects while studying towards an entry-level qualification providing access to higher levels of study at the National Trade Academy, other tertiary providers or through the relevant Industry Training Organisation while in employment.

  • Courses are free to year 11 - 13 secondary school students
  • Students receive assistance with travel costs

LBTA Programme Includes:

  • Dual enrollment at school and the Land-Based Trade Academy (STP)
  • Study toward achieving NCEA and vocational pathways qualification
  • (must be working towards achieving literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1)
  • 1:10 tutor/student ratio
  • Work experience on local farms, Arion Farm Park, Arion Riding School, Commercial Nursery and local businesses.
Programme Information (Programme PDF)

Trade Academy Partner Providers

The National Trade Academy is a Lead Provider for the Land Based Trades Academy "Secondary Tertiary Programmes"

Along with our own programmes we partner with;

Avon City Ford Training Services

  • Automotive Workshop Practices

Website:  Avon City Ford Training Services

Ag Challenge

  • Equine 
  • Agriculture
  • Building & Construction

Website:  Ag Challenge

Vision College

  • Psychology 
  • Early Childhood Education 

Website:  Vision College

Papa Taiao Earth are

  • Land Based Sustainability

Facebook site:  Papa Taiao Earth Care


Individual programmes can be arranged for Schools on request.


Contact us for further information on any of the above Providers or Programmes or visit their website or face book page.


Our Training Partners

NTA has a Partnership or Sub Contract agreement with the shown training providers.




LBTA Entry Criteria

Students' applications must be supported by the school endorsement form. Once an application is received an appointment time will be set up for the student and their family/whanau to meet with the Course Administrator and Programme Tutor to discuss the programme. At the end of this, a recommendation will be made to accept or decline the student onto the programme.

Land-Based Trade Academy - Student Application Form (PDF)

Donelle Dixon, Academic Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 03 360 2192

We have many excellent land-based farming, agriculture, horticulture, equine, animal care and other courses to choose from.