Auckland West Vocational Academy (AWVA)


Massey High is the lead provider in AWVA, Auckland West Vocational Academy. The academies are a partnership between five West Auckland schools and tertiary institutions such as Unitec. All the academies offer students the opportunity to get involved in skills-based learning and a Vocational Pathway at Massey High School, with aligned onsite tutoring at various NZQA approved providers such as Unitec, NZMA Symonds Street, and Whitecliffs etc. 

All the academies are different in their detail, but they all involve studying for NCEA, working towards a New Zealand Certificate and the opportunity to have their NCEA endorsed with a Vocational Pathways Award at Level 2 (L2). All the credits gained in the academies count towards the NCEA as well. 

Most of the academies are based at MHS, though some are run at our partner schools and we work collaboratively with those schools to meet the needs of our students and to provide a very wide range of opportunities for the community. All the academies involve some aspect of training with a tertiary provider, which is NZQA approved. The full range of academies is available to our Yr 12 and 13 students, though some options are available at Year 11.

In 2021 in Year 11, there are seven options for students:  Building Level (L) 1, Engineering L1, Early Childhood L2, Fashion L2 or After-Hours Fashion, Hospitality L1 and Multi Skills L2. Any level 2 credits gained in Yr 11, will count towards the NCEA L1 and L2.  Academy students are also entitled to four free driving lessons here at MHS, with our trained instructor. All the academies are fees free apart from some uniform costs. We will also provide transport to the tertiary provider, either by bus or an AT HOP card.

What is a Vocational Pathway?
At its most basic, a Vocational Pathway can be thought of as a map which a student can use to help make career decisions. This map will guide option choices to ensure that the combination of option subjects will provide a strong coherent foundation for further learning or employment. There are usually many different routes to the same destination, so students are still able to change individual subject selections without affecting their future career goal. If necessary or advantageous, a student can move onto a different pathway.

There are currently six vocational pathways - nearly all occupations fit into one (occasionally two) of these “sectors”:

  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Service Industries
  • Creative Industries
  • Primary Industries
  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Social and Community Services

The standards on a vocational pathway have been selected by industry via the sector’s Industry training organisation, (ITO), government agencies, business and community representatives and vocational education providers. Students who are interested in a career in (say) building, gain significant benefit from choosing options that contain “sector related” or “recommended” standards on the construction and infrastructure pathway, in preference to an option that does not contain these standards. There are many different standards available in each of the pathways assuring considerable flexibility.

 To achieve a vocational pathway award at (say Level 2) a student must achieve a minimum total of 60 “sector related” (at least 20 of these) and “recommended” credits, at Level 2 or higher. Literacy and numeracy remain compulsory and we provide specialised tuition in these areas to ensure our students do succeed.

*STP - Secondary/Tertiary Partner

Name of Academy





2 & 3


Both 2 hours a day at MHS. L 2 is school based. L3 goes 1 day a week to Unitec Tues till August & work experience.

Building Pre-Academy



1 Period a day each day at MHS. 

Carpentry/Building Construction Full Time

 2 & 3

Onsite MHS

Includes: Site Safe, Nail Gun Certificate, First Aid etc. 5 days a week all year. BCATS, (Building, Carpentry & Allied Trades).

Early Childhood ECE L2


Unitec Henderson Sem 2

L2 1 hour per day. In 2021 open to Yr. 11. Work placements T1 – T3. Attend Unitec for 1 semester, 1 day a week. Working towards NZ Certificate in ECE Learning and Care Level 2 & NCEA L2 credits.

Early Childhood ECE L3


Unitec Henderson Sem 1 

L3 2 Hours a day. In 2021 Yr. 12 can join L3. Work placements T1 – T3. Attend Unitec 1 semester, 1 day a week, Fridays 1st semester. Working towards National Certificate ECE Level 3 2021.

Engineering Yr 11



New Zealand Certificate L1. 1 hour a day. 

Fashion Pre-Academy



1 Hour a day. Open to Yr 11 students. 

Fashion Years 1 & 2

2 & 3


2 hours a day at MHS, combined class. 6 Days at Whitecliffe  in L3. Work placements when possible. Yr 11 can apply.

Fashion After Hours


Onsite at MHS

Runs 1 day a week, 2pm to 6pm Terms 1, 2, 3. Open to Yrs 11, 12 & 13. Students select normal 5 subjects. 

Hospitality Pre-Academy


Onsite at MHS

1 hour a day each day.

Hospitality Level 2

On site MHS

1 or 2 hours a day option at L2. 1-hour option can be selected with Tourism Academy at L2.

Hospitality Level 3 

NZMA Symonds Street

One day a week at NZMA at L3 in Terms 2 & 3 in 2021. Catering on & off-site. Café work.

Hospitality After Hours

Mainly L3

On site MHS

Runs 1 day a week, 2pm to 6pm Terms 1, 2, 3. Open to Yrs 12 & 13. Students select normal 5 subjects. On hold 2021.

Hospitality Full time


NZMA Symonds Street

5 days a week all year. On site catering, Café work. Hours at MHS may vary. One day a week at NZMA in Terms 2 & 3 in 2021. Some work placement.

Tourism Plus L2, L3

2 & 3

ITC, & NZ School Tourism

Trips arranged as needed. Both L2 1 hour a day L3 2 hours a day. Work placements when possible. Includes aspects of business skills.

Mahi a Toi Rutherford College (RC)

2 & 3

Rutherford College RC

Weds L2 & L3 1.30 - 6.00 pm @ RC. L3 at Unitec Fridays 8.30 to 3.00pm. Till end T3. L2 @ Unitec TBC.

Mechatronics (RC)


Rutherford College RC

Limited availability. 1 afternoon RC per week.

Radio Academy (Media)

2 & 3 

NZ Radio School

One day a week at NZ Radio School, Fridays T2-T3. 1 hour per day at MHS.

Multi Skills



All day Thursday. Students select 5 option and come out of class one day a week for 1 semester.


Handbook Fashion Academy 2021 V2

Handbook Ece Academy 2021 V2

Handbook Tourism Plus Academy 2021 V2

Handbook L1 Engineering Academy 2021 V2

Handbook L1 Building Pre Academy 2021 V2

Handbook Carpentry Academy 2021 V2

Handbook Hospitality 2021 V2

** Transport to provider is by public bus/train. MHS will pay for the travel.

For more information please contact us on (09) 831 0500.

Nick Hackett ext 568, email: [email protected]

Jenni Douglas (09) 831 0500. ext 638