Foundation Skills in Carpentry & Fabrication2023-11-13T11:50:23+13:00


Lay the groundwork for your construction career!

NZ Certificate Level 2 – 60 Credits

Establish your goals, lock in your pathway, and build your carpentry skills with this practical one semester programme. Work with a team on exciting construction projects, improve your literacy and numeracy, and boost your industry knowledge. Best of all, this is a FREE trades training programme with plenty of mentor support!

Key Information

Start Date: 2024 enrolments are now open! Our courses start throughout the year, please enquire for the most convenient date for you.

Duration: Half year (20 weeks)

Credits: 60
Entry requirement: Must be 16 years old


This is a free Youth Guarantee programme for 16 – 24 year old

Course Topics

Course one – Pathways and Goals (10 weeks)
Course two – Projects (10 weeks)

Teaching Styles

Why sit in a classroom all week when you can gain real-world experience? This practical hands-on programme will keep you focussed and engaged through:

  • Loads of activities and experiential learning
  • Guest speakers
  • Workshops and related site visits

What will I learn?

  • Building carpentry projects such as cabinets, stools and café tables
  • Develop your understanding of New Zealand’s construction industry, and its impact on cultures and communities
  • Career and personal goal setting
  • Teamwork, problem solving, communication skills
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Incorporate your culture and designs into project
  • Health and safety practice

How will OCA support me?

  • Ongoing mentoring – both during your studies and once you’re working
  • Pick up and drop offs
  • Additional training – we even help you get your driver licence
  • Guest speakers, industry seminars and opportunity to participate in work experience
  • Whānau Ora family services

What will I walk away with?

  • An NZQA-accredited qualification
  • The skills and knowledge you need for next level carpentry studies
  • Entry level work readiness

Course Tutors

Anare Gonewai
Anare GonewaiTutor Level 2
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