U-Skills and Automotive Graduate
Juggling UCOL studies, secondary school classes, and work experience requires great commitment, but it has paid off for young automotive apprentice Ben Duck.
New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6)
The world is Andy’s oyster as he plans for life as a UCOL | Te Pūkenga graduate, leaving as Student Photographer of the Year, an award he won recently at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers’ Iris Awards.
Certificate in Conservation (Level 4) Student
Helping regenerate the ngahere (forest) while gaining tickets that will allow him to work all around Aotearoa are some of the reasons why 21-year-old Tama left full-time employment to study conservation UCOL Wairarapa.
Tracy-Lee Kawana is living her dream – studying Conservation Level 4 – gaining knowledge to provide a better life for her son and being able to give back to her iwi, Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungunu.
Levin's Philip Sue knew he had to work twice as hard as everyone else.
Bachelor of Social Services Student
At the age of 49, Trina Johnson reckons she has finally found her real purpose and vocation.
Asli Yalinkilic has traded in her microscope for a piping bag, as she builds her career as a pastry chef.
Te Reo Māori Graduate
In the early days of Trinity Roots, Warren started learning te reo Māori to reconnect with his whakapapa. Now with a Level 4 Te Reo Māori qualification under his belt, Warren is proud to be teaching beginner classes at UCOL Wairarapa.
Cassy Titter was working in the shearing industry when she first came to UCOL Whanganui in 2006. She was looking for something new and after her aunty had signed up for UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Business, Cassy thought she would try it too.
Veterinary Nursing Graduate
Indy Carthew always knew she wanted to work with animals, and despite suggestions that she should study veterinary science, she was not interested in surgery or diagnostics.
For vet nurse Caleb Norman, the best part of his job is knowing that he’s making a difference in the community “one little furry footstep at a time”.
Dairy farming student
Early morning milking sessions and moving cattle are a far cry from the office work Lynne Nel is used to.