Solway College Solway College

Future Options

Course Description

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Future Options

In this course students can try their hand at any of the STAR funded courses that are offered by tertiary providers such as UCOL or ITO's. STAR are short courses designed to help you explore your career options. Usually one day per week 9am to 3pm for five or six weeks (you will be notified if this timeframe is different). The courses gives you an opportunity to gain tertiary experience while staying at school. 

 Examples of courses that have been attended are but not all may be available locally in 2021:

CONSTRUCTION LEVEL 2 • 11 CREDITS Do you enjoy building? If you want to create project(s) from wood, or you’re interested in a future in building, this course will give you hands-on experience with lecturers who have worked in the industry. While at UCOL you will learn how to interpret plans, design and undertake construction, all within a fully equipped workshop. 

VET NURSING TASTER Do you love the idea of a job working with animals? Join us as you learn practical skills including basic animal care, control, restraint and grooming. This experience will give you a taste of whether you might like a career in veterinary nursing and animal care and what further study options are available. You will be working with live animals and must have an interest in animal welfare.

AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING LEVEL 2 • 2 CREDITS Immerse yourself in the workshop environment, using the tools of the automotive industry. Try your hand at removing and replacing the wheels of a vehicle, and more! This course is a great way to see if you will enjoy working in automotive engineering and the theory and practice needed to get a job and set you on the road to an exciting career. 

COLLISION REPAIR LEVEL 2 • 3 CREDITS Panel beating and paint is a rewarding job, as you repair and paint people’s cars and trucks, bringing back to life the ultimate state of the vehicle. Learn about the exterior and interior body parts, as well as other aspects that will give you a feel for working in the collision repair industry, you will pick up some tips you can use on your own cars as well. 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING LEVEL 2 • 8 CREDITS Working with steel, tools and gases, you will experience how to create projects based on precise measurements. Thinking of training towards a job in engineering? This is your chance to explore some of the required skills and see if this is something you want to develop further. 

FORKLIFT SAFETY LEVEL 3 • 7 CREDITS Operate a powered industrial forklift and learn the theory and practical aspects behind operating it. Skills gained by undertaking practical activities during this course will set you up so that you can look at jobs in the Road Transport, Distribution or Warehousing Industry 

MUSIC LEVEL 3 • 3 CREDITS Do you have a passion for music and want to develop your song writing and studio production skills? This course will see you work with industry trained professionals, using state of the art equipment, while as part of a group you will rehearse and record a song in a fully equipped recording studio. 

ART OF COFFEE MAKING (BARISTA) LEVEL 2 • 4 CREDITS Make the perfect coffee, whether it be long, creamy, or smooth. Learn the art of being a barista and making drinks your customers will love, it’s also a great way to get the skills and experience you need when applying for jobs in cafes and restaurants. 

BAKERY LEVEL 2 • 4 CREDITS Mix and shape dough to create a variety of delectable breads in a commercial kitchen. A great way to bake, taste and create your own masterpieces while seeing where baking can take you in the future. 

BEAUTY LEVEL 2 • 3 CREDITS Are you looking to work in a spa or beauty salon? Gain an introduction to beauty therapy techniques by doing some hands-on activities, and learn about the history of beauty therapy, as you delve into current trends. Try your hand at make-up, skincare and facials, all in the salon on campus. 

HAIRDRESSING LEVEL 2 • 3 CREDITS Do you want to spend your days meeting people and making them feel amazing? This introduction to hairdressing will give you the confidence to demonstrate product knowledge and talk to customers in a retail or distribution environment, and give you a taste to see if the beauty and hair industry is right for you. 

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE LEVEL 3 • 5 CREDITS Empower yourself and others as you understand and develop skills around wellbeing. Using the New Zealand Health Model of Te Whare Tapa Wha-, you will discover various health practices currently being used in NZ. 

SERVICE ACADEMY LEVEL 3 • 4 CREDITS Students explore careers in different specialist areas of the New Zealand Armed Services i.e. Airforce, Army, Navy, Police or Fire

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