There are so many other exciting pathways and many of which are in HIGH demand. Here we've assembled a collection of NZ's top alternative study providers from trades to hairdressers.

Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (Two years FREE Trades Training) Last intake August 2022

TTAF will pay the fees on behalf of learners* enrolled in these qualifications and programmes.

Unitec Programmes with TTAF

Techtorium IT programmes with TTAF

BCITO Construction Industry

More about TTAF on NZ Careers Govt website

Trades -

You may be able start a trade which means earning money and learning while gaining industry credits. There are 3 main ways to do an apprenticeship;

  1. If you gain employment and arrange approved training with your employer.

  2. Complete a Level 3 Pre-apprenticeship course at Polytech then try to get an apprenticeship.

  3. Some Trade Training providers help you find an apprenticeship eg. ETCO for electricians

About HCL TechBee Program for School Leavers - Online for 6-12 months

Technology Career Opportunities

With a global shortage of technology skills and an ever increasing number of career opportunities emerging, now is the perfect time to learn more about the opportunities that the technology sector can offer:

  • Lab Technician L4 Certificate & New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6) at

  • Whitecliffe Technology School - IT training specialists TTAF courses available

  • Online TechBee International IT programme

  • Code Club - Nationwide network of volunteer led after school coding clubs for kiwi kids.

  • Gather Workshops - Provides an environment to learn real-world IT skills taught by industry professionals.

  • Google Made with Code - An initiative to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once.

  • The High Tech Youth Network - Empowers young people and communities to become more capable, creative, and confident life long learners.

  • MindLab - enhances digital literacy capability and the implementation of contemporary practice in the teaching profession.

  • Unitec Free4U - Computer courses in Albany and Henderson are a great way to upskill yourself for your job search, to improve your computing skills for your current job, for personal interest or to open up further study options. They offer FREE self paced introductory Microsoft Office courses.

  • ICT-Connect - Inspires and educates young people about future options in the ICT industry. It puts professionals face-to-face with students in class, where they introduce diverse opportunities.

  • STEAM - Stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. STEAM ahead is a series of career events that educate school girls and mums about possible career choices in these fields.Each event showcases careers of successful women who explain what they do and how they got there. Each event also promotes after-school activities that help educate girls and keep up their interest.

GAP Year

Many students take a GAP Year at the end of Year 13. It can be a great opportunity to earn some money for tertiary study, gain work experience or see the world. Gap years are valuable if well planned and have purpose. One of the most attractive options is to travel overseas. There are many opportunities to spend time working, exploring and volunteering. Here some links to those options.

Agriculture/Horticulture/ Tourism Hospitality

Horticulture careers

Go Tourism

Farming Jobs and Free Farm Training