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David Taumoe’anga is an exemplary graduate

By |March 7th, 2021|Categories: Employer Partnership, Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Oceania Careers Academy Graduation 2020

By |December 24th, 2020|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: , |

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. [...]

Student Profile: Steve Mafi

By |December 14th, 2020|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Student Profile: Penisimani Sili

By |December 8th, 2020|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

VIDEO: Ezra Cossill, OCA Alumni

By |November 29th, 2020|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Student Profile: Paea Uluaki

By |February 29th, 2020|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: , |

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 [...]

Student Profile: David Taumoe’anga

By |December 26th, 2019|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Student Profile: Kefu

By |December 14th, 2019|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Student Profile: Ivan Bakulican Tuita’ali’i

By |November 29th, 2019|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Investing in the future of youth

By |June 29th, 2018|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

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 [...]

Employer Spotlight: Phillip Ward

By |April 29th, 2018|Categories: Employer Partnership|Tags: |

When John Kotoisuva knocked on the door of Metal Skills Ltd in East Tamaki, Factory Manager Phillip Ward was more than interested. “From past experience, hiring young people wasn’t that successful overall,” says Phillip. “For many of them it was the first job and the first chance to earn some money. But that opportunity was too often wasted and it wouldn’t be long before some wouldn’t even turn [...]

Employer Spotlight: Nathan Robertson

By |August 29th, 2016|Categories: Employer Partnership|Tags: |

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. “It used to be that I could go through dozens of guys before I found a good one,” he says. “But OCA has helped start to change that. They provide people who have an understanding of what the industry is all about and [...]

Employer Spotlight: Peter Wilson

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Employer Partnership|

As a longstanding employer based in South Auckland, the building company Carters had been frustrated by the lack of job applications residing within the local area. They’re now working with OCA to turn that around. Peter Wilson, Carters’ National Technical Services Manager, says the organisation needed to fill a range of roles, including in their expanded frame and truss manufacturing plant, as trainee estimators in the national technical [...]

OCA receives NZQA Accreditation

By |October 29th, 2015|Categories: Student success stories|Tags: |

New Zealand's first Pacific Trades PTE OCA has achieved NZQA accreditation to become New Zealand’s first Pacific Trades Private Training Establishment (PTE). From early 2016 we will offer a range of vocational training pathways including engineering, building and construction, retail, hospitality and accommodation. OCA’s General Manager Anthony Tu’itahi says achieving NZQA accreditation is a critical step in the set up of NZ’s first Trades PTE owned an led [...]

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