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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
31 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 EDUCATION www.cellfield.com cellfield Testing and treatment for Dyslexia www.kipmcgrath.co.nz 3716177AK Cellfield in association with Kip McGrath Upper Hutt Give your child the gift of reading. For a free, no-obligation consultation about how we can help contact Patrick on 528 7707. If your child: Struggles to read fluently Dislikes reading Has trouble with comprehension Has trouble remembering what they have read Lacks motivation Can't spell Reading difficulties can cause a lifetime of problems. HELP IS AVAILABLE now through CELLFIELD Trades study Trade agreement: A new UCOL-led Trades Academy will partner Horowhenua College, offering free vocational courses for the region's students. From left, Otaki MP Nathan Guy, Horowhenua College principal Brenda Burns and UCOL executive dean Kelly Gay. By TANYA WOOD A new trades academy run by UCOL could see more hands on'' opportunities for Horowhenua year 12 and 13 students, provid- ing practical skills training. One of 10 trades academies being set up across the country next year [announced by the Gov- ernment this month], the UCOL- led academy will see Horowhenua College as the district's hub school'' for the four colleges in Horowhenua and Otaki in 2012. Students will be able to work towards a national certificate in one of seven trades, including join- ery, engineering, tourism, and catering and hospitality. Horowhenua College principal Brenda Burns, who has pushed for the colleges to be included in the programme, and is currently working out the logistics with UCOL, said most of the trades were already offered as classes at Horowhenua College, including a national certificate in engineering. On a first round survey, students indicated interest in all the courses being proposed, but there was especially high interest in fashion and beauty, catering and hospitality, and health and caring,'' she said. Waiopehu, Manawatu and Otaki Colleges had been invited to canvas their students. Mrs Burns said details were still to be worked out, but the initial plan was to run courses two afternoons a week, plus one day in the workplace or at a tertiary institution, and allow students to fit their NCEA courses or other tertiary qualifications around those days. Eventually, the plan is for the other colleges to offer courses where they have expertise,'' Mrs Burns said. The objective is to get parents and students thinking about career paths now, and look at dif- ferent options to keep students engaged in school.'' She said there may be an option for Horowhenua to reapply in the future, as a district in its own right, and develop its own model. UCOL executive dean Kelly Gay said 100 places have been allocated by the Government across the wider region, which includes Wairarapa, Manawatu, Whanganui and Horowhenua, for the establishment phase''. The government has indicated it sees this programme growing significantly in the future, and wants a good, strong start to build on.'' He said there was already a high demand for courses, and although only 15 places will be allocated to Horowhenua next year, he would talk to the colleges about options for students to travel to Palm- erston North for UCOL-run courses in elec- trical engineer- ing, joinery and small engines.
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