Trades Academy & Gateway courses

If you wish to study Trades or Gateway courses, make sure you collect an application form from the Careers Reception desk. You will go through an interview process for these subjects.Trades AcademyTrades Academy

Trades Academy offers a range of skills and qualifications. Trades is a vocational programme funded by the Ministry of Education that allows Year 12 and 13 students to choose a course of study where the learning is more hands-on and practical. Nelson College for Girls is a member of the ‘Top of the South Trades Academy’ which currently has two providers offering learning opportunities: NMIT and Whenua Iti Outdoors. 

Trades students attend their Trades course one day a week for the whole day at NMIT or block courses at Whenua Iti Outdoors. The courses currently on offer are:

  • Adventure Tourism Leadership - Year 12 (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Automotive and Mechanical - Year 12 (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Beauty
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Creative Design for Hair and Makeup – Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Environmental Science – Year 12 and 13 (Level 3)
  • Health and Support Services
  • Hospitality - Year 12 (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Manaaki Tapoi - Year 12 (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Primary Industries
  • Service Industry Internship - Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Tourism Operations – Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Uniform Services - Year 12 (Level 2) and Year 13 (Level 3)
  • Hairdressing

Trades Academy qualifications contribute towards NCEA Level 2 and 3.


Gateway is an optional subject for Year 12 and 13 students.  This is a Tertiary Education Commission funded programme available in NZ schools. Students study compulsory unit standards such as Health and Safety in the workplace and First Aid, and industry unit standards associated with a particular vocational area of their choice. 

Some examples are: Baking, Equine, Sport Training and Development, Health Studies, Automotive, Animal Care, Retail and Customer Service Skills. Gateway has a work experience component. This involves students working in their chosen workplace during Terms 2 and 3. This is usually for between three to six hours per week.

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