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Construction trades

Matthew is an inspirational career changer, moving from a retail job into Ara to work in Trades.

Matthew Wilson

“There’s lots of care and support provided.”

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Tony Siva, graduate, New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills

Carpentry graduate Tim Crawford says his time at Ara was awesome, and even better than he’d expected.

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Tim Crawford

Carpentry graduate Jo enjoyed the hands-on nature of her studies, and the support from her tutors and fellow students.


Engineering trades

"It’s worth the hard work."

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Katie Thomas, graduate, National Certificate in Engineering - Fabrication

Electrical trades

A pre-trade electrical course at Ara gave Neihana Kingi Young a solid foundation of skills and helped him get an apprenticeship with dairy giant Fonterra.

Neihana Kingi Young

Blair Chamberlain says doing a pre-trade course at Ara helped him get an apprenticeship.

Blair Chamberlain

Automotive trades

Dana Austin scored an apprenticeship as a service technician at Fonterra after getting the foundation skills she needed through an automotive engineering course at Ara.

Dana Austin