Students in West Auckland will have a new option available to them with the launch of a new Youth Academy. The Academy, which opens today in Avondale by New Zealand School of Education (NZSE), will aim to provide pathways into careers and further higher education.
Courses are designed for 16-19-year-old learners looking to complete level 2 and 3 NCEA and who may not have been suited to the more traditional format of secondary school.
These students will gain industry-recognised qualifications and skills that will be directly applicable to roles such as in business, healthcare, early childcare education, retail and security and for university prep. Youth Academy students can also through NZSE’s sister school ATC gain NCEA levels with an injection of military-style training through its military prep programme. The training will also open up the possibility of further study in areas such as IT or digital communication.
Teaching is to be delivered by an ethnically diverse range of tutors who have passion for teaching youth and to help them realise their full potential, many of whom have grown up in West Auckland.
Wendy Liao, Director for NZSE and the Youth Academy says the development of a new Academy was prompted by the growth in West Auckland and the need for a range of options for high school age students who seek pathways into careers and to prepare for further higher education.
“The success of our current two campuses in Manukau and New Lynn has been in direct response to the communities they are located in, recognising that for a variety of reasons other forms of college are simply not working for some youth,” says Wendy. “With our Youth Academy opening in South Auckland this time last year, our expansion into West Auckland is to provide vocational pathways or foundation courses for higher education and careers; giving young people in this community the opportunity for a much brighter future.”
The official launch of the Youth Academy will occur on Friday 21st June at 2171 Great North Road, Avondale from 4:30pm – 6:30pm and will feature special guest speaker comedian Jimi Jackson.