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Youth Transition

 

If you’re 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our Youth Transition programmes or apply for a scholarship. With 60% of UCOL students under the age of 25, UCOL has vibrant campus environments that deliver academic excellence along with a fun student experience. Whether you’re still at school or you’ve just left, UCOL has the support you need to make your transition to study with us as easy as possible.

  

Youth Guarantee

Are you between 16-19 years old and have left school? Are you looking to jump into a career but don’t know where to start? Find out about UCOL's Youth Guarantee scholarships.


 

Vocational Pathways

Vocational Pathways is a tool that helps you to see how your strengths, interest and achievements relate to future study options and job opportunities. The pathways provide clear study options that are valued by employers and show you what employers expect to see you achieve in your learning. 

What does Vocational Pathways mean for you?
Vocational Pathways give you the chance to identify your interests early on so it’s easier for you to make the right choices when selecting subjects at school or programmes at tertiary – keeping you on track in the best pathway for you.

Why have they been introduced?
Vocational Pathways provide more options for students to complete NCEA Level 2. By having more choices, ways and places to achieve NCEA Level 2 you will have more pathways into further learning and work. When you complete a Vocational Pathway you will receive a Vocational Pathways Award on top of receiving NCEA Level 2. This award is a way of showing employers that you have the knowledge and skills they are looking for.

What happens if I’m interested in more than one pathway?
All of the pathways identify skills that are valued by employers across all sectors. Maths and English skills are especially important across all pathways, so as long as you are achieving the required literacy and numeracy credits you are still able to change direction in your learning. The pathways cover six broad
industry sectors:

Manufacturing and Technology
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• wood, metals, textiles, chemicals or other materials
• making or processing food or beverages
• using technology to develop and monitor production
• working with your hands
• managing and planning production

Construction and Infrastructure
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• physical work and working with your hands
• working with tools, machinery and equipment to do
building, repair or maintenance work
• following and developing plans and specifications
• problem solving
• making calculations, and preparing estimates and quotes
for costs and materials

Creative Industries
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• Photography
• Design: graphic / interior / visual / fashion
• Visual Arts: print / illustration / lens based media /
painting / animation / sculpture
• The performing arts and music

Primary Industries
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• raising and working with animals
• planting, growing and harvesting trees, plants and crops
• driving tractors, motorbikes, boats and heavy machinery
• doing physical work, and working with your hands
• working with tools, machinery and equipment
• business management such as budgeting and accounting
• science and research

Services Industries
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• sales and customer service
• promoting and presenting goods to customers, and using
creative skills
• business management
• working with food and drink
• providing accommodation
• planning, organising or promoting sports or fitness activities

 Social and Community Services
This pathway may be for you if you are interested in:
• working with people of different ages, life stages, abilities
and cultures
• counselling and therapy
• community support and care
• diagnosing and treating people
• planning and organising
• health promotion and advice
• medical research, testing and technical support
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