Whenua Iti Outdoors in conjunction with Top of the South (TOTSTA) and West Coast (WCTA) Trades Academies deliver a range of programmes for Year 11 - 13 students.
Programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education, and are zero cost to students from TOTSTA and WCTA partner schools. Each course includes assessments that contribute to students' NCEA. These courses offer much more than academic credit, they are packed with experiential learning opportunities to build confidence, leadership & essential employability skills. Our Trades Academy programmes help set students up on a positive pathway to future employment or further study.
2022 Rangatahi Leadership Programmes
In the October Holidays and across Term 4 we are running a series of programmes for 16-18yr olds that build confidence, leadership & essential employability skills with NCEA credits at Level 2 or Level 3. Funding may be available to local students. Please enquire. Full details are via the links below.
If you are interested in enrolling, please talk to your Trades Coordinator or Dean at school.
This course is offered in Term 4 as a series of one week blocks (3 nights/4 days) around one of the following outdoor disciplines: sea kayaking, rock climbing mountain biking or caving. Students can enrol on one or multiple blocks.
4 – 6 Level 2 NCEA credits (per block)
First course starts 17th October
Develop outdoor adventure skills in our local national parks, learning about conservation & biodiversity management to protect these taonga. A focus of this programme will be on conservation, including predator trapping and control. This is an 8 night programme.
13 Level 3 NCEA credits
Starts 18th October
Develop your outdoor adventure skills on this programme – experience a variety of disciplines while on group outdoor expeditions in local national parks. The first course runs in the October School Holidays. Both are 8 nights.
15 Level 3 NCEA credits
4th -12th October & 18th - 26th October
2023 PROGRAMME OPTIONS
The leadership, personal and social development skills that are developed through challenging, outdoor experiences are well recognised. Our Adventure based courses offer opportunities to develop these important skills further and prepare you for a pathway to further study or employment.
Manaaki Tāpoi explores and celebrates the importance of Cultural Tourism within NZ and builds a deeper understanding of Te Āo Māori. Travel to significant sites, including maraes, learn mau rākau and build your reo. This is a unique programme option within New Zealand.
Build an understanding of NZ's biodiversity through field-based, environmental investigations, community projects and exploration. These programmes focus on developing practical skills for environmental investigations and management practices while exploring pathways beyond school.
Emergency & Response
Students will focus on search and rescue, emergency services and civil defence training in a variety of locations. These programmes provide students with the opportunity to explore a range of uniformed career pathways and develop essential emergency response skills.
Students will have the opportunity to experience a range of local attractions and activities and connect with local tourism business owners. This is a chance learn about the unique tourism industry of Aotearoa and build key skills required for future employment or study.
You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional instructors are all industry qualified for a wide range of activities.
NZQA Qualified and NCEA Aligned
We are NZQA accredited, can offer NCEA Level 1-3 assessments and all programmes align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.
We put safety first. We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.
Trades Academy Programmes
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Our Secondary School Programmes
Read about all the programmes on offer to Secondary Schools including all Trades Academy programmes, Specialty Programmes and Holiday Programmes.
Benefits of Experiential Learning
The Trades Academy programmes focus on learning in a practical, hands-on environment. The true benefits of this style of learning lie beyond the immediate academic results.
Want to find out more about a programme or have a question for us? Talk to one of our friendly team - we're happy to help.