The Bay of Plenty Trades Academy (BOPTA) was founded in 2009 with Trident High School being appointed the lead provider to help establish one of the first of eleven Trades Academies in the nation by the Ministry of Education.  


Since this time, BOPTA has involved over 34 secondary schools/ kura across the Bay through a comprehensive network of Trade Academy Hubs to support students to experience Tertiary Trades training as part of their high school experience.  These hubs include the regions and sub-regions of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga and Tokoroa.


In partnership with what is now Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology and Te Wananga o Aotearoa, BOPTA provides Level 1,2 and 3 Trades courses that support students to experience success through:

  1. Tertiary Trades Training while in High School.

  2. Hands-on learning.

  3. Improved pathways into trades employment, apprenticeships, and/or further training that supports the Bay of Plenty’s regional growth.


The types of Trades Courses on offer to students range between:








Student’s Trades Academy experience will depend on their individual interest and the levels of coursework they enroll in.

1.      Level 1 courses:  are courses offered once a week for 10 weeks, where students can gain “a taste” of several different industries over a school year

2.      Level 2 courses:  are courses offered once a week for 30 weeks, offering students a more in-depth skills and training experience in one particular Trade

3.      Level 3 courses:  are courses offered twice a week for 30 weeks, where students can attain an industry certificate or pathway directly into apprenticeships, trades employment or further Tertiary level training

In 2019, BOPTA has been approved to provide up to 595 students with Trades Training across the Bay of Plenty. 

For more information on joining the Trades Academy see your Careers Counsellor - Mrs Cannell, Facebook page @BOPTANZ,  or email BOPTA Manager Cindy Lee.

Vocational Pathway: Trades Academy

Tel: 64-7-308-8159

Arawa Road, Whakatane

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Quality Work and Respect for Others, that draw on the strength and courage of our motto

– Kia Manawa Nui –

Be Courageous.

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