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If you are keen to work towards a career in the trades you can complete NCEA at school, while at the same time work towards a National Certificate in Trades through the Top of the South Trades Academy (TOTSTA)(external link).
Get practical experience in a workplace, and complete NCEA at school at the same time.
Take short, hands on courses in an area that can lead onto further study or work once you have finished at school.
Talk to your school's Careers and Transition Department to find out more about these opportunities.