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Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Paul Hursthouse is thrilled to start another successful Trades Academy year.

EIT kicked off Trades Academy 2020 by welcoming new students on campus with a whakatau.

EIT has one of the largest and most successful Trades Academies in New Zealand, and this year students numbers have increased once again. Over 400 Year 11, 12 and 13 Hawke’s Bay high school students and over 280 East Coast high schools students are attending one of the programmes on offer.

Trades Academy manager Paul Hursthouse is delighted to support high schools in extending their senior secondary curriculum through a broad range of trades programme. The programmes offered also contribute to NCEA outcomes.

“We are fortunate that the Government has allocated more funding to Trades Academy. This has enabled us to extend our offerings. This year, students can choose from 22 programmes including building and construction, engineering, automotive, hospitality and information technology. The funding increase allows us to continue to foster our strong relationships with the high school community.

“The Trades Academy programme is an important pathway for supporting students into trades training and helping industry address skills shortages,” says Paul.

Another success of the Trades Academy model is the high participation rates of Māori and Pasifika students. Trades Academy has also proved to have a positive impact on student retention and success in their senior years of high school.