No matter which qualification you choose, Central will give you the skills to get you work-ready.
If you are aged 16-19 you can take your first step towards an automotive apprenticeship by gaining a Certificate in Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (Level 2)
If you are a high school student based in the Queenstown Lakes or Central Otago district and would like to get some hands-on experience in trades or technology, the Otago Secondary-Tertiary College could be the perfect option for you.
Teaching the right skills for the job
“I always warn the parents at prize-giving: ‘Look out – don’t be surprised if you come home to find your car in bits!’”
Richard is a lecturer at the Central Lakes Trade Academy in Cromwell, where he teaches high school students practical automotive skills in the Foundation to Automotive Engineering course. This course leads to Central’s pre-apprenticeship automotive programme.
Richard enjoys finding different ways of explaining concepts and encourages students to problem-solve on their own, rather than always relying on instruction manuals. “It’s a great subject to teach – watching students learn through trial and error, and seeing the progress they make.”
Job prospects in this area are growing, but businesses are becoming more selective about who they hire. Employers want specific skills – and they want mechanics who are properly trained and qualified. “We pride ourselves on training mechanics with the right skills for today’s job market,” says Richard.