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Welcome to U-Skills 2016

Are you a Year 11, 12 or 13 student in 2016 and Ready to start your tertiary education while at school? Then U-Skills could be the inspiration you are looking for!


U-Skills Central Schools Academy is a Trades Academy run through UCOL. Our range of programmes are designed to guide you through a vocational pathway with the support of school.


At U-Skills you will have access to industry-driven staff who have real experience in the real world. Our team have a range of skills to suit multiple needs and provide a supportive stepping stone, giving you a taste of tertiary, with the support of friends, routine and school.


This real experience provides you with tertiary learning one day a week, designed to support your school work and help you achieve NCEA.


U-Skills is open to students from the Manawatu, Whanganui, Wairarapa, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Horowhenua and Tararua areas in a range of programmes.


There are NO programme fees and NO cost for programme materials, provided you meet the entry criteria a “fees free” place could be yours. Fill in an application NOW as there are limited places in each programme, get your school support for your application and send it in.

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We offer programmes in:

Manufacturing and Technology

Construction and Infrastructure


Social and Community





Hair and Beauty


Farm Animal/Vet Nursing


Automotive Panel and Paint



Business Enterprise


Performing Arts

Mechanical Engineering



Office Administration



Applied Design and Technology




Mechanical Engineering




Applications for 2016 are open


Download the brochure: U-Skills 2016 Enrolment Booklet


Enrol online: Enrol online for 2016


More Information

For more information on U-Skills, please contact Jaime Court, Transition Manager (details below).
Jaime Court
Transition Manager
Email: uskills@ucol.ac.nz
Phone: 06 952 7057
Mobile: 021 669 456
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