Top of the South Trades Academy

What is Trades Academy?

Our Students say…

“…I enjoy it, like, heaps. I usually count down the school days for this (Trades Academy day)…”

“…I would definitely recommend trades for other students. Its out of the classroom…”

“… because it gives you insight into different career paths…”

“Its such a cool place to work, I’m glad I got this placement…”

The Top of the South Trades Academy is a joint initiaive between NMIT, Whenua Iti Outdoor Education Centre and local high schools in the Nelson-Marlborough region. The Academy has been operating since 2012 and is a very popular option for students seeking further trades training and experience.

2021 Trades Academy Courses:

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction Years 1 & 2
  • Hospitality
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty
  • Primary Industries
  • Sport and Exercise
  • Adventure Tourism Leadership
  • Health and Support Services
  • Uniformed Services
  • Civil Engineering
  • Manaaki Tapoi, Cultural Leadership
  • Tourism Operations

Students who are selected to be a part of the Trades Academy will train one day a week (usually Friday) at NMIT’s Nelson campus, or at live-in ‘block’ courses at Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Students apply through their own school for a place in the Academy. As numbers are limited, students will be interviewed before placements are made.

For further information about the Top of the South Trades Academy, visit the TOTSTA website or Facebook page