Top of the South Trades Academy (TOTSTA) programme
Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Phillips
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.
This course runs in conjunction with Year 12 Careers or Year 13 Careers, and students must apply for and be accepted into this programme. All applicants are interviewed to ascertain their suitability for TOTSTA courses based on their history of attendance, attitude and their ability to commit to these programmes.
The NMIT courses are run every Friday from February through to October. The Whenua iti courses are usually run as residential (live-in) courses in small blocks throughout the year.
Applications for these courses close in October 2021 for the 2022 year. Places are strictly limited to 20 students across Year 12 and Year 13.