Secondary School Student Programmes

Star and Gateway Programmes

The National Trade Academy runs a variety of different Star and Gateway programmes for secondary school students. If you want to find out what it's like to work in the Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Equine, Conservation, Landscaping or Animal Care industries, while still at school, then we have a programme to suit you.

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. We have programmes running each term, so contact the National Trade Academy or your Star or Gateway Coordinator at your school to find out more.

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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 L1)
  • Agriculture Skills Day
  • 1:10 tutor/student ratio
  • Work experience on local farms, Arion Farm Park, Arion Riding Schoo
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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)

Contact:
Donelle Dixon, Academic Director
Email: donelle@nta.co.nz
Phone: 03 360 2912

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