The Auckland West Vocational Academy (AWVA) programmes are a new way of providing educational pathways for senior secondary students. Changes in legislation have enabled organisations such as AWVA to be formally approved by the Minister of Education to deliver a trades academy secondary-tertiary programme. The programme itself has been approved by the Secretary of Education.
A key priority for Government is to help students to remain engaged in education and achieve worthwhile qualifications. The AWVA delivers trades and technology programmes to secondary students based on developing viable working partnerships among secondary schools, tertiary organisations, industry and iwi that promote education, welfare and safety of students. Students in years 11 to 13, who are interested in a career in trades or technology are able to enrol in an academy, then study towards their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) endorsed with a vocational pathway and a nationally transferable tertiary qualification at Level 1, 2 or 3.
The purpose of a Trades Academy is to
The Academies achieve this by
We see four possible successful outcomes from an academy programme:
All academies offer a secondary qualification (NCEA) as well as a foundation level tertiary qualification (National Certificate) and involve both secondary and tertiary tuition. Successful completion typically allows student to begin their post-school study at Level 4. All academies involve secondary and tertiary tuition. Most academy students will have to travel to receive the tertiary tuition. Most academies offer work experience during year two.