Vocational Education

Vocational Education at Nelson College

The content of these courses is targeted at students who are wishing to pursue a vocational pathway and develop their employability skills.  Students are offered the opportunity to undertake work experience and to consider career options and gain a more in depth understanding of the world of work. Courses provide training and skill development in the following areas: health and safety training, career planning, employment relations, communication skills, interview skills, financial planning as well as industry related standards specific to a student’s chosen area of work or pathway. Individual pathways can be considered and alternative standards offered.


To contact the Careers Hub, please direct enquiries to:

Vikki Heays

Careers Advisor

Chris Philips

Gateway Coordinator

Gateway Programme

This Gateway Programme is offered to selected senior students who are enrolled in vocational subjects. To enter this programme students must apply and be ACCEPTED into this programme.  The Gateway programme gives students the opportunity to blend school study with workplace learning and experience.  The programme delivers a “hands on” approach to learning that can lead to nationally recognised industry qualifications. Standards are delivered through the Year 13 or Year 12 Vocational Education classes and through other trades subjects.

Vocational Pathways & Education

These courses provide students a chance to consider career options, develop employability skills and gain an understanding of the world of work.  


Level 1 Vocational Pathways & Education

Level 2 Vocational Pathways & Education – eligable to apply for Gateway programme

Level 3 Vocational Pathways & Education – eligable to apply for Gateway programme

TOTSTA Programme

The TOTSTA (Top of the South Trades Academy) is an Academy programme that provides training for students off-site at either NMIT or Whenua Iti.  These courses are designed for students who want to remain at school, but are also wanting to gain some vocational (trades) training. Courses are offered at NCEA Level 2 and NCEA Level 3.  

Applications are limited. Students must apply at the time of subject selection to Chris Phillips.