Work Readiness

OCA Certificate

This introductory 120 hour course is for students who have an interest in following a trades-related position and need to acquire transitional skills to help gain entry-level employment.

Practical training element

Refine your basic skills and learn some tips and tricks to help you stand out to potential employers. Work on your interview techniques, CV writing and plan for your future career.

Mentoring element

While studying a trade at OCA, students are mentored and supported throughout. OCA believes in walking alongside students and empowering them to succeed. Students receive help in an innovative and positive way to cross the bridge between school and exposure to industry, into productive jobs and careers in a trade of their choice.

Key life values and skills we focus on

  • Work ethic
  • Team building
  • Leadership training
  • Financial literacy
  • Business dynamics
  • Personal development
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness

The Programme

Gain valuable experience, skills and knowledge to start on your pathway to a successful trades career.

This programme prepares you to embark upon a pathway to employment. Students who have expressed an interest in following a trades-related position have the opportunity to acquire transitional skills that help you gain entry-level employment. 

What you learn

Develop the skills you need to make you stand out to potential employers 

  • Produce a plan for your own future directions
  • Produce a personal targeted CV
  • Be interviewed in an informal, one-to-one, face-to-face interview
  • Describe care and timeliness as an employee
  • Understand requirements and expectations faced by employees

Quick facts

Study method and duration 120 hours (80 classroom, 40 self-directed learning) 
NZQA level Not Applicable
Credits  12
Equivalent Not Applicable 
Cost Free for eligible students
Start date February 2020
Enrolment  Open now 
Further study New Zealand Certificate Level 1 and 2 
Career opportunities Entry level positions in trades industries 


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