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U-Skills & STAR

UCOL has a range of opportunities for secondary school students to explore their career options while working towards NCEA. Utilizing the state of the art facilities located on all campuses, U-Skills and STAR provide students the chance to find a career pathway that will inspire them and expose them to a range of career options available.

UCOL currently offers something to suit all six vocational pathways while still at school in a range of year long or short courses.

  • STAR

    Study STAR at UCOL

    STAR programmes are the perfect taster to a life-long career. UCOL’s range of STAR programmes allow Secondary School students to experience a short burst of the UCOL environment, and exposure to different industries.

  • U-Skills

    U-Skills Automotive student works on an engine at our Palmerston North campus

    U-Skills is the perfect programme to gain credits while finding out what you love. Senior Secondary School students attend UCOL one day per week while working towards NCEA and industry credits to set them up for the career of their choice.

  • U-Skills and Cookery Graduate in UCOL's on-site commercial kitchen

    Zach Meads

    U-Skills Graduate

    Zach wants to keep studying at UCOL to learn from the best and continue to upskill.

    Meet Zach

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