Trades at School

             OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work

Trades at School (TAS) is a programme for Year 12 and 13 secondary students. We offer the OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work, with the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering.

Work Readiness element (compulsory) 

  • Work in a new workplace
  • Identify and describe basic employment rights and responsibilities and sources of information and assistance
  • Describe requirements and expectations faced by employees within the workplace
  • Describe care and timeliness as an employee

Site Safe Certificate – First Aid (compulsory)

  • Provide first aid for life threatening conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

Trades training element (choose a major)

Students have the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering.

Building and Construction Project

  • Identify, select, maintain and use hand tools for BCATS projects
  • Identify, select, maintain and use portable power tools for BCATS projects
  • Construct a non-consent timber framed utility building as a BCATS project

Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering Project

  • Select, use and care for, engineering hand held engineering power tools
  • Select, use and maintain portable, and held engineering power tools
  • Perform basic fabrication operations under supervision

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

 

Trades at School (TAS) is a one year programme for Year 12 and 13 secondary students. We offer the OCA Certificate in Preparing for Work, with the option to complete a major in Building and Construction or Manufacturing / Mechanical Engineering.

We work with Auckland secondary schools to recruit students with an interest in trades, and the Certificate in Preparing for Work is the year one equivalent for an apprenticeship in ten different trades.

The aim of this Trades at School programme is to provide BCATS trades training in construction skills, specifically carpentry, developing skills and knowledge that will lead to career opportunities in the trades sector. Participants will learn safe workplace practices, learn about carpentry materials, plan and implement projects, operate hand and power tools and build furniture and structures e.g. garden furniture

This programme is aligned with the strategic purpose of OCA, TEC and the Ministry of Education’s vocational pathways. Consultation with employers and the ITO confirms that the OCA workshop and learning environment is an ideal space to:

  • Provide school students with an alternative to available school curriculum that encourages them to build their qualifications and achieve NCEA level 3 in an engaging context that has future prospects.
  • Set up direct linkages with between schools and school leavers, the tertiary setting and future employment.
  • Build bridges between young people, communities, education and employers.

                                                                 

Success stories

Alumni: Ezra Cossill

Studied: Levels 1 and 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with Trades at School

Working as: Building Apprentice, NR Developments Limited

At age 18, Ezra Cossill can’t imagine doing anything else than what he does now as an apprentice carpenter/builder.

Alumni: Joe Nuku

Studied: Levels 1 and 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering with Trades at School

Working as: Engineering Apprentice, Metal Skills Ltd

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.

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“OCA was really good, because it’s not only teaching you in the moment – they mentor you and help you with life skills. It’s like insurance – you’re with them and they’ll help you throughout your whole life” 

Edward Fa’alolo, Trades at School alumni

 

Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward

When John Kotoisuva knocked on the door of Metal Skills Ltd in East Tamaki, Factory Manager Phillip Ward was more than interested.

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Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson, NR Developments

Finding good, reliable builder apprentices has sometimes been a challenge for NR Developments Director Nathan Robertson, who has been in the business since leaving school.

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