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 [...]
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. [...]
“High school was ok, but it wasn’t working for me. It wasn’t benefiting me at all” Peni found out about OCA through an external agency, he was referred to OCA’s level 2 carpentry programme. Peni has completed level 2 successfully and re-enrolled in the NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry). Peni expresses, with gratitude, OCA has benefited him a lot, given him opportunities to do something he enjoys and helped with a career path. Peni has tried other things but in his words “got sick of it”, He feels learning to be a builder in a real world [...]
At age 18, Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else 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 [...]
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 [...]
Carters on Harris Road passionately supports business interaction with local schools and has had remarkable success in employing school leavers while working with Oceania Career Academy. Alan Westwood, National Operations Manager at Carters, has been with the company since August 2015 and has already made serious headway with the initiative, along with Carters Technical Manager Peter Wilson and John Kotoisuva from Oceania Career Academy, who serves as the conduit between Carters and local schools. They have had great success with their three intakes of students since November last year. Alan was happy to share their experience as he feels [...]
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 [...]