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Welcome to the Faculty of Trades and Technology at UCOL Technology Institute


Our faculty offers a diverse range of education and training.


Nick 2.jpegThe Faculty of Trades and Technology is focused on connecting learners with employment, practical hands-on-education and training and developing students who are work-ready.


The faculty is characterised by leading edge technology housed in the new state-of-the-art 10 million dollar Regional Trades and Technology Centre. Covering 5,315 square meters, the centre is equipped with the latest industry-fit equipment and teaching technology. There is even enough room for students to build several houses, and a 3D printer.


All of this technology supports practical, hands-on learning using industry standard equipment that enables our graduates to hit the ground running.  Several programmes are taught from a base near Manfield in Feilding, adding to the real hands-on learning environment.


The faculty is also home to the U-Skills Trades Academy that offers exceptional learning opportunities for year 12 and 13 secondary school students through a partnership between UCOL and secondary schools, all at no cost to students.


Our trades programmes cover a wide variety. Automotive engineering, automotive panel and paint, motorsport, carpentry, architectural technology, construction, joinery, furniture making and design, bus & truck driving, electrical & mechanical engineering can all be studied at UCOL.


Dr Nicky van der Bergh is the Executive Dean of Trades and Technology, based at the Palmerston North campus.


Dr Nicky van der Bergh has joined UCOL as the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Trades and Technology.  Nicky has been in the tertiary education sector for just over 20 years, with 14 of those in vocational education and training developing the trades and associated technologies.


He has held both teaching and leadership positions in various New Zealand institutions with a vast background spanning over faculties delivering Business, Tourism & Hospitality, and Engineering. Most recently, Nicky developed qualifications in Electrical, Civil, Water and Telecommunications Engineering trades in the ITO sector, and knows how important the trades are to the infrastructure and development of the world’s economy.


He is passionate about changing the perception of trades and is adamant that these professions are developed and respected. He has also participated in the development of the Civil Trades Regime established by Connexis and Contractors New Zealand, bringing about the world’s first apprenticeships and registration recognition for trades in Civil Engineering. 


Nicky’s key focus areas for the faculty in industry driven programmes that lead to employment outcomes of our students who contribute to the development of the region and country.


Email Nicky N.VanderBergh@ucol.ac.nz   


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