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Ever thought of a career in Security?

New Zealand Security Association will be presenting on a wide range of qualification pathways and career options in the Security Industry at Aotea College in May.

You will hear from industry employees and could try out their new Virtual Reality training for security officers on the day.

When: Thursday, 20 MAY 2021

Time: 08h50 (Period 1)

Where: TM02

Please register your attendance here

University Scholarships for Year 13 Students

MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2022. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.

Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.

For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

Nohoaka Pakihi | Māori Business Boot Camp Otago Business School.

Nohoaka Pakihi is an amazing opportunity for Y12 and Y13 Māori students in Aotearoa who are interested in pursuing business studies. This is a fully funded scholarship for successful applicants to attend a 4 day programme held on campus in Dunedin. Experience life in a residential college, meet Māori support staff and business academics and get a feel for what a student life is like at Otago University.

There are a number of travel scholarships available for students who live outside Dunedin.

Nohoaka Pakihi activities:

Students will explore the University campus and the student city of Dunedin and participate in business activities that will inspire and challenge their business mindset. This business boot camp styled programme aims to develop skills in innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, economics, sustainability and Māori business frameworks. This programme also offers students an experience in a residential college and an opportunity to meet Te Huka Mātauraka staff who provide great support for Māori students while they are studying at Otago University.

Nohoaka Pakihi is held Sunday 30 May – Thursday 3 June 2021.

The four-day programme is run by academic staff from the University of Otago and Audacious powered by Startup Dunedin.

Who can apply?

Y12 and Y13 students of Māori descent

Currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school

Working towards achieving University Entrance

Considering studying at the University of Otago

The last day to apply is Friday 14 May 2021. Apply Now

Dates for your diary

Campus Open Days:

-Whitireia Campus- Porirua- Wednesday 28 July

-WelTec Campus-Petone- Wednesday 11 August

-Te Auaha and Cuba St Campuses-Wellington City- Friday 20 August

-Wellington Tertiary Institutions Friday 20 August

BCITO Trades Secret Event

Tuesday May 25th

Boulcott Farm Golf Course

33 Military Road, Boulcott Lower Hutt.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30 start.

If you have any questions, you can find out more at:

The registration link is:

Malaghan Institute Tour

Pathways is planning a MALAGHAN INSTITUTE TOUR at Victoria University. We only have a few spaces, so please email Ilse at by end of the week, if you are interested in learning more about a future in biomedical research.

The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s world-leading independent biomedical research institute with a focus on breakthrough discoveries in immunology and immunotherapy.

Date: Friday, 21 May 2021 (9.15 am - 12.30). We spend 1.5hours on a tour of the institute.

Young Men in Nursing

Are you a young man who is passionate about helping people? Nursing could be a great career choice. Join us for an interactive workshop.

Are you a young man who is passionate about helping people? Would you enjoy working in a fast-paced technical environment? Or do you just want to make a difference in peoples lives every single day? Nursing could be a great career choice for you. There is high demand for nurses in New Zealand and internationally, and nursing will provide you with career stability, career diversity and so many opportunities for professional and personal growth.

Join us for an interactive workshop at our new state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab, engage with current students and staff, and find out what nursing at Massey University is all about.

Date And Time

Fri, June 11, 2021

9:00 AM – 11:30 AM NZST

Massey University, Wellington campus.

New Zealand College of Chiropractic

Interested in a career in health? The New Zealand College of Chiropractic is hosting and Information Session in Wellington on Thursday 20th May at 7:00pm! Go along to hear more about what a career in chiropractic can offer you, hear about student life and learn about the admissions requirements.

Register here now:

Forklift Course

If a Forklift Operator's Certificate (OSH) will help you on your career pathway - please register interested to join a course in Term 2.

Please complete the expression of interest form:

Weltec Engineering BBQ

WelTec are holding an Engineering BBQ on the evening of Friday 7th May, form 5pm – 7.30pm

This is targeted for students from year 10 – 13 who may be interested in pursuing careers in the Engineering sector.

This will give prospective students the opportunity to chat with current students, staff, graduates and industry professionals.

For those students who are interested please complete the RSVP form through the link:

Sign up to Youth in Health and Wellbeing Careers Event at Te Rauparaha on 13 May.

Do you care about the health of your community?

Are you interested in a career in Health & Wellbeing?

Are you thinking of a career where you can make a difference, but need to know more?

The health and wellbeing sector needs more young people in the workforce to combat the existing workforce shortages.

It offers many exciting and rewarding career opportunities for young people, who want to make both a career and a difference.

This sector covers healthcare, social and community services, mental health, disability support, aged care and youth work.

This full school day event will give you the opportunity to meet, talk and attend workshops with employers or agency representatives from a wide range of health and wellbeing careers and ask how to enter them and plan your career pathway.

When: Thursday, 13 May 2021

Starts: 9.15am Meet at Te Rauparaha Entrance

Ends: 2pm

Where: Te Rauparaha, Porirua

Lunch: included

Cost: free

Year 12 and 13 students interested in attending this event, please complete this form to register interest.

As spaces are very limited, please check your calendar and with your teachers to make sure you can commit to this day.

Registrations END on 5 May and confirmation and consent forms will be sent out thereafter - check your emails.

Register your interest here:

Creative Arts Experience Day 28th April Massey University Wellington

On-campus Experience Day at Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University Wellington on Wednesday 28th April.

Experience Day provides students in Year 12 and 13, who are interested in creative arts, the opportunity to come onto the Wellington campus for a one-day workshop. Numbers are limited so students will need to book their places now.

Experience Day Workshops

Choose ONE workshop from the following:

Design Workshops

  • Phone app design

  • Spaces of the future

  • Natural dyeing in textiles

Fine Arts Workshops:

  • Painting and sound

  • Photography cyanotypes

Commercial Music Workshop:

  • Music mixing and studio introduction

  • Practice workshop with Warren Maxwell

Creative Media Production Workshop:

  • Presenting for screen

Experience Day Agenda Wednesday 28 April 9.30am - 2pm

9am - 9.30am Check in

9.45am Welcome presentation

10.15am Workshops

12.30pm Lunch (provided)

1.00pm Student panel

1.30pm Closing information (includes information about scholarships and how to apply)

2pm End of Experience Day. Students can do an accommodation tour at 2pm and will need to indicate this option when they register on Eventbrite.

Students must register to attend

Image credit: Ka Mua, Ka Muri by Xoë Hall (Kai Tahu)

E2E Government Agencies Special Event

Our government has branches in defence, conservation, health, culture and many more.

This event will inspire students on the wide range of public sector careers and how to enter

them from those currently engaging in our country’s government.

To register: Expression of Interest

Women in Trades

We are taking a group of female students to the Woman in Trades Workshop at Te Rauparaha on Friday, 19 March.

The format will be groups of students rotating around tables where some amazing wahine toa will meet and greet female students and talk about their job, their career path and their business.

A much broader approach to the vast array of employment opportunities in these sectors are looked at, with everything from admin to engineers, urban designer and project managers

If you would like to be considered to join the trip on Friday morning (19 March), please register interest via Expression Of Interest Form


PIHMS Career Week provides any year 12 or 13 student in New Zealand with the opportunity to experience PIHMS, their culture, lifestyle, education, training to see if this is where your future lies. Explore first-hand the world of hospitality, tourism and hotel management at PIHMS before making the right decision.

What to expect:

During the three day fully supervised activities, you can expect to:

  • be part of the PIHMS hotel campus by staying on site

  • interact with current PIHMS students

  • find out about the different career paths offered within the business, tourism and hospitality industries

  • meet professionals from the tourism, hotel and hospitality industry

  • learn about the PIHMS internationally recognised Diplomas, Degree and Postgraduate qualifications with guaranteed hotel job!

  • see where our students travel to on their paid Industry Placements

  • meet the friendly PIHMS team and students through a variety of classroom and social activities

  • free time to explore New Plymouth and the surrounding area and all it has to offer

  • welcome and farewell luncheon for family and friends upon arrival and departure

Aotea College Pathways has two funded placements on this course.

Please apply to the Pathways Department by completing an Expression of interest form

Downer Paid Work Experience Programme Presentation

Discover different sections of Downer's organisation with careers pathways in infrastructure, roading and working outdoors.

Plus find out more about their paid work experience programme.

There is an information session and interview day being held March 11th. Aotea College may put forward 5 students.

If you see Civil engineering as being a potential career pathway:

Downer are keen to identify a potential Engineering Cadet for 2022.

The application process is in August and they hope that they can mentor a couple of potentials during this programme and support one or more to successfully commence a cadetship. is they’re preferred provider and the applicants for the cadetship need to sign up for NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (TK1019) Level 6 (

Minimum Academic Entry Criteria for Diploma

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have:

  • NCEA Level 2*, and

  • A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), or

  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or

  • equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

Please register your interest in attending the Presentation Day and Interview by completing an application form and email your CV to by 3.10pm Monday March 8th

Innovative Young Minds (IYM)

The Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme is designed to encourage young women to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and high-tech manufacturing – fields we call the STEMM sector. Our engaging and interactive online and residential programmes showcase the wide range of study, research and career opportunities available in STEMM.

Participants will be exposed to eye-opening and inspiring science and technology content. They will also make lasting friendships with like-minded young women who share a passion for STEMM!

Our programmes are only open to young women because females are underrepresented in the STEMM sector and we want to change that. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of female innovators and industry leaders.

IYM offers young women in years 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn about the wide range of research and career opportunities available in STEM.

This year IYM Online will take place in the first week of the April School holidays over 5 half-day sessions.

IYM Residential is a 6 day residential programme based at Silverstream Retreat in Lower Hutt during the first week of the July School holidays.

Aotea College Pathways is able to fund 5 places for the Residential Retreat.

To apply please complete an application form

To find out more about the programmes and any potential fees, email Tricia

The Government has released details of the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to provide free vocational education and training in key designated areas. Please keep these in mind when you are talking to students about future pathways.

The initiative covers:

  • Primary industries, including agriculture, horticulture and viticulture, fisheries (including aquaculture) and forestry;

  • Construction, including building, plumbing, and civil engineering;

  • Community support, including youth work, care for elderly, counselling and community health, including mental health and addiction support;

  • Manufacturing and mechanical engineering and technology;

  • Electrical engineering; and

  • Road transport (eg heavy vehicle operator).

It covers 20 NZ Certificates and NZ Apprentices. For full details:

FAQs for students on TEC website

Students wanting to find out more about these qualifications, where they are offered, entry requirements can check out the Polytechnics & ITOs page on the Pathways website or make an appointment to see Mr Davidson.