Whenua Iti Outdoors in conjunction with Top of the South Trades Academy (TOTSTA) and West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) deliver a range of programmes for Year 11 through to Year 13 students.
Programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education, and are zero cost to students. Each course is 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.
Interested in a Programme?
Your school will have a Trades Academy Co-ordinator who can help you access any of the programmes that we run. If you have a question about the programmes and what's involved, you are welcome to contact us.
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 around the top of the south island, West Coast and Wellington . This is a unique programme option within New Zealand.
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.
Experience and learn about Aotearoa unique tourism attractions and how they are managed from established, local tourism operators. Students will come away with knowledge of key skills required for the tourism industry, appealing to students who respond well to practical learning.
Bring science to life through a series of field-based, environmental investigations. The programme focus is on developing an understanding of environmental science and environmental management from both traditional Māori and modern practices. Students will explore pathways to further study or work within this field.
Service Industry Internship
Students will have the the opportunity to work for established tourism operators, to experience & learn about unique local tourism attractions and practice essential employment skills. This programme is designed to prepare and assist students transition from school into the world of work.
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.