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Secondary and Tertiary Providers Team Up for Health

NZCC (New Zealand Career College) has formed a partnership to help South Auckland high school students pathway into the health sector.

Funded by the Ministry of Education, the new Health Pathways Programme brings together four local high schools (Aorere College, Mangere College, Southern CrossNZCC Health Pathways Students Campus and ASDAH) with two South Auckland tertiary institutions - NZCC and Corporate Academy Group. Their shared vision is to help students build upon what they are learning at high school and set the stage for them to pursue a higher education in health science or a future career in the health industry.

The integrated learning scheme will see Year 12 and 13 students who are interested in health and health science, spend one day each week studying at NZCC or Corporate Academy Group.

National Operations Manager at NZCC, Monique Le Marque, says the 36-week course will lay strong foundations and give students a broad overview of the sector as well as further study options and employment opportunities within it. Thanks to regular workplace visits they will also get an authentic taste of what it’s like to work in the field.

“Our goal is to provide students with an engaging, exciting and relevant education that matches their future aspirations and prepares them for future education, training and employment. This programme gives them the opportunity to experience education at a tertiary level while also getting hands-on industry experience through field trips and work experience,” says Monique.

Participating students will earn up to 29 Level 2 credits towards their NCEA and also gain credits towards the Vocational Pathway for Social and Community Services qualification.

“From there, they can choose a specific area within health that they are passionate about, and pathway onto further study.”

The pilot scheme was officially launched at the Aorere College School Hall earlier this month. More than 150 guests – including 50 high school students and their families – attended.

Health is an area of projected economic growth for South Auckland, and employment opportunities in the field are on the rise. Thanks to the new partnership, South Auckland high school students will finish the year well-equipped to make the most of these as well as further study opportunities within the health industry. 

Pictured: A group of students interested in the programme


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