Southland to get Trades Academy

Invercargill news
Thursday, November 26, 2015

Southland students will have more options for the future with a new Trades Academy opening here next year.

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie says the new academy, named Murihiku Trades Academy, will give Southland students the opportunity to gain practical skills needed to fill local job vacancies.

“This is an exciting addition to Southland’s education portfolio that will help our young people to achieve great things. They will learn skills that Southland needs, meaning they can get jobs and stay in the region,” Ms Dowie says.

“This is also good news for employers in Southland being able to access the skills they need to grow. The recognition of the Southern Institute of Technology as a Trades Academy lead provider will support the skills pipeline for Southland employers.

“There are labour shortages in Southland in trade-related industries. Mechanics and electricians, for example, are in short supply.

“This new academy will provide secondary school students with an opportunity to transition into industries with good career opportunities in the south.”

Murihiku Trades Academy will begin operation next year and will have places for 40 students. SIT will work closely with local secondary schools to offer these places to their students.

Last year, about 1200 18-year-olds achieved NCEA Level 2 through Trades Academies and Youth Guarantee fees-free places that they otherwise would not have gained.

Trades Academies are part of the Government’s Youth Guarantee programme and support secondary school students to gain NCEA Level 2 with practical learning opportunities.

Results from 2014 indicate that more 18 year olds who had participated in Trades Academies achieved at least NCEA Level 2, than a comparison group who had not participated in Trades Academies. Next year the number of Trades Academy places available nationwide will increase from 940 to 6190.