Before joining OCA, David Taumoe’anga considered himself to be a normal kid looking for a future - but he was unsure of what to do. He recognised that he didn’t do well at school, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his goal of gaining a Trade Certificate. OCA’s New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Carpentry) Level 3 was the stepping stone David needed to an exciting career. Now he has a well-paid job with Citycare Water and is helping to support his family. “OCA gets us ready for the future and enables us to reach our [...]
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In what has been a challenging year for us all, OCA students, families, partners, and stakeholders celebrated our students' achievement yesterday. What an amazing group of young people making their parents and community proud. Check out the photos of our latest graduates and the largest cohort we've had since the start of Oceania Careers Academy. [...]
Tongan student Steve Mafi always knew he wanted to be a builder. Practical-minded and good with his hands, Steve has dreamed of working in construction since he was a very young boy. And at the age of 17, Steve is on the cusp of achieving his dream thanks to OCA’s Trades at School Programme. An innovative, one-year programme aimed at year 12 and 13 students, Trades at School offers a bridge between school and work for those kids that are interested in the trades as a career. Steve Mafi signed up for the programme while still a student at De La Salle College [...]
He may not have found the support he needed at high school, but after enrolling at OCA, Penisimani Sili (Peni) has become unstoppable. Happier and more motivated, the aspiring tradie now has some life-changing qualifications and a future fill of promise. “High school was ok, but it wasn’t working for me. It wasn’t benefitting me at all,” says Peni, who has completed his Level 2 Foundation Skills in Carpentry and is now working towards his Construction Trade Skills Level 3 certificate. “At school they focussed on the smart people and more support was given to them. The others were [...]
At age 18, Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else other than what he does now as an apprentice carpenter/builder. Of Samoan and European descent and born and raised in Manurewa, Ezra says the opportunity to study a trade came about while he was attending James Cook High School. He started studying the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Levels 1 and 2 through the OCA Trades at Schools programme.
Like many teenagers, Joe Nuku wasn’t sure where his future career lay. But when his school, Papakura High, hosted an introduction to careers seminar, one about trades grabbed his attention.
Never living anywhere for long created challenges for Paea Muli he lotu Uluaki, particularly at the schools he attended at the time. The 16-year-old Tongan’s family moved around so much, he never settled, creating problems with the various schools he was enrolled at. Having moved back down to Auckland from Northland, Paea’s mother enrolled him into a course at Oceania Career Academy. For the first time in his life, he’s enjoying the lessons. Born and bred in Australia, Paea was aged nine when his family decided to move to New Zealand. It was a major shift, but his family would [...]
David Taumoeanga’s message to fellow graduates, staff and guests at the OCA 2019 Graduation, in his words would be “short but sweet” David is a graduate from OCA’s New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Carpentry) Level 3 programme and was invited to be a student speaker at the 2019 OCA Graduation. Before joining OCA he considered himself to be a normal kid looking for a future for himself. He recognized that he didn’t do well at school, but that hasn’t stopped him from reaching his goal of gaining a Trade Certificate in construction. He acknowledges OCA for [...]
Kefu initially told us he was at OCA as he had left school and wanted to educate myself in the construction industry. He thought this was a perfect opportunity for me to better myself and also give me a sense of direction for my future. Kefu’s programme of study, the New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Carpentry and Fabrication) (Level 2) programme finishes this week, 20th December 2019. Has learnt how to use the hand and power tools at OCA. The larger projects that Kefu made, as part of working with a team, have been donated or sold to the community. He has completed small projects as well, enjoying the hands on practical experience. [...]
When Ivan Bakulich Tuita’ali’i decided conventional school wasn’t for him anymore, an uncle suggested the Oceania Career Academy would suit him better. Of Samoan, Maori and Croatian descent, the 17-year-old wanted to work towards an apprenticeship and a career in carpentry. “My uncle Nick said OCA was a good opportunity for me, to learn new things and get somewhere in life,” recalls Ivan. Although it has only been a few weeks since Ivan began studying with OCA, he’s already learned so much. Ivan says it helps that his course tutors at OCA are helpful. “They’re pretty friendly, easy to get along [...]