STAR courses

Spend time on the NMIT campus, learning useful industry skills and gaining a taste of possible future career or study options.

If you are a school students (between Year 10 and 13) take a look at our STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) career and study taster courses.

In some STAR courses, you can also gain NCEA credits at Level 1 or 2.

Update: Due to Level 3 and 4 restrictions set by the NZ Government, a number of STAR courses have been postponed. NMIT asks all Year 10-13 students to contact their Careers Advisor/STAR Coordinator at their school for an update.

How to enrol

Complete the application form [PDF, 613 KB] and take to your career advisor.
(Please note: the application form must be signed by a parent/caregiver).

Nelson Campus

Programme area

Description2020 Dates

Hospitality

   
Barista

Students are introduced to basic barista skills in preparing espresso beverages under supervision.
Unit standard: 17285

15-17 June
13-15 July
5-7 October

Bar Service Mocktails

Gain hospitality skills in a bar service environment. Students will prepare and serve a range of non-alcoholic drinks to customers while learning about mocktail recipes and ingredients, food safety techniques and how to use and care for mocktail equipment.
Unit standard: 21057

8-9 October
5-6 November
19-20 November

Cafe Service Table 

Students will participate in Rata Room café services (a café service environment) with a focus on preparing and clearing customer dining and service areas and equipment.
Unit standard: 14434

11-13 November

Cookery     
Patisserie and Baking

Students participate in preparation for Rata Room café services with a focus on baking a range of cakes, bread and pastries for customers.
Unit standard: 13272

13-15 July
5-7 October
Gourmet To Go

Students learn a combination of advanced preparation techniques, cooking methods, and processes, using fresh ingredients, differing flavours and textures, and innovative finishing and presentation techniques.
Unit standard: 13282

10-11 November
Creative Industries    

Introduction to Lettering and Illustrator CC for Graphic Design

This course will introduce students to the basic techniques of hand lettering and the application of digital techniques used in screen printing, including typography, calligraphy and lettering design. Students will have the opportunity to develop and digitise a lettering design and then use this to produce a screen printed product, all within NMIT’s state of the art design facilities and studios.  17 & 20 August
(two-day course)

Introduction to Jewellery Design

Come along to our one day STAR Jewellery course and unleash your inner designer! Develop your own ring, earrings or pendant design and complete a piece of jewellery under the supervision of NMIT’s talented design tutors. This course is also a great opportunity to find out more about study and career pathways in art and design at NMIT.  19 August 
Hairdressing

Students will be introduced to the tools and products of hairdressing including shampooing hair and dressing long hair.
Unit standard: 25439

6-8 July
28-30 September

Beauty Therapy

A practical opportunity to learn beauty therapy skills in a clinic environment, and to explore fashion trends and influences. Students will be introduced to nail services, make-up design, skincare, manicures and facial services.
Unit standard: 25439
6-8 July
28-30 September
Nursing

Explore nursing as a career option. The course includes a campus tour, introduction to the Bachelor of Nursing, entry criteria and enrolment process. There will be an afternoon hands-on activity in the Clinical Practice Unit (CPU) focusing on vital sign taking and hand hygiene.

4 August
Sport & Recreation

An opportunity to explore sport, recreation and exercise as a career option and an introduction to essential skills and industry standards of behaviour. The day will include a campus tour, introduction to the NZ Diploma in Sport, Recreation and Exercise (Level 5) and there will be an afternoon hands on activity based around gym activities.

24 June
12 August
Trades    
Welding (Introduction) This course focuses on practical welding skills in the workshop and will also introduce students to a range of careers and pathways in the mechanical engineering field, including tertiary study and apprenticeship options. 4 June
Welding (Intermediate)

An in-depth understanding of basic Gas and Mig welding, as well as an introduction to Arc and Tig welding. The course will focus on practical welding skills in the workshop and will also introduce students to a range of careers and pathways in the mechanical engineering field, including tertiary study and apprenticeship options.

6-7 August
Joinery (Introduction)

An introduction to the elementary skills required to work in the joinery/construction industry including safe working practices and an understanding of joinery terminology. Students will produce and assemble an item created from timber.

TBC
Joinery (Intermediate)

Students gain an understanding of the requirements of working with timber, technical drafting and Health and Safety. The course is designed to extend the student thought process through a blended learning approach.

4-5 June
Automotive (Introduction) On successful completion of this course, students will have been introduced to elementary automotive skills and the automotive workshop environment. TBC
Automotive (Intermediate) Students learn about safe work practices and the basic knowledge and skills to strip and reassemble a four-stroke engine. Students will learn how to demonstrate good work habits and practice in the Automotive workshop, explain aspects of the operation of 2 and 4 stroke petrol engines and disassemble the engine and reassemble the engine to a running state. 4-5 August
Marlborough Campus
Beauty Therapy

A practical opportunity to learn beauty therapy skills in a clinic environment, and to explore fashion trends and influences. Students will be introduced to nail services, make-up design, skincare, manicures and facial services.
Unit standard: 25439
22-24 June
21-23 September 
Trades    
Automotive (Introduction) On successful completion of this course, students will have been introduced to elementary automotive skills and the automotive workshop environment.  TBC
Automotive (Intermediate) Students learn about safe work practices and the basic knowledge and skills to strip and reassemble a four-stroke engine. Students will learn how to demonstrate good work habits and practice in the Automotive workshop, explain aspects of the operation of 2 and 4 stroke petrol engines and disassemble the engine and reassemble the engine to a running state. 30-31 July
Nursing  Explore nursing as a career option. The course includes a campus tour, introduction to the Bachelor of Nursing, entry criteria and enrolment process. There will be an afternoon hands-on activity in the Clinical Practice Unit (CPU) focusing on vital sign taking and hand hygiene. TBC
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