Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Secondary Tertiary Partnership

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss A. Cording.

Recommended Prior Learning

By consultation with Miss Cording. Students need a good attendance record, a willingness to participate and a clear career pathway.



This course is to support students enrolled in a Secondary Tertiary Partnership (STP) - a two day a week course with Ara Institute of Canterbury, Southern Institute of Technology, Vision College, or the National Trades Academy (NTA). It is a one-year programme combined with school; 2 days at school, one day Work Experience and 2 days at the tertiary provider.  All courses offer either Level 2 or Level 3 credits.

Courses Offered by Tertiary Providers 2023:

  • Business Administration
  • Hospitality, Cookery and Beverage
  • Bakery 
  • Cookery
  • Salon Skills
  • Introduction to Electrical Engineering Trades
  • Introduction to Automotive Engineering Trades
  • Introduction to Construction Trades
  • Carpentry
  • Web & Software Development
  • Early Childhood
  • Agriculture
  • Primary Industries
  • Animal Care
  • Horticulture
  • Equine
  • Plumbing

The in school component is based around three key themes: 

  1. The Global Workplace, cultural responsiveness, interpersonal skills and team work.
  2. Financial Literacy, tax, insurance, renting/flatting, banking, credit options and budgeting.
  3. Successful Employment, admin, interviews, conflict resolution and confidence.

STP students in 2023 will also be expected to do a day's work experience, each week, in a work placement linked to their vocational training. 

Subject Overview

Term 1
The Global Workplace, cultural responsiveness, interpersonal skills and team work.

Term 2
Financial Literacy, tax, insurance, renting/flatting, banking, credit options and budgeting.

Term 3
Successful Employment, admin, interviews, conflict resolution and confidence.

Term 4
Goal setting, forward thinking and service.

Learning Areas:

Vocational Pathways

Assessment Information

Students on the STP course gain the majority of their NCEA credits at the tertiary course provider.
Learning programs back here at Riccarton High focus on soft skills, life and employment skills and subject specialist skills that will enhance a student's graduate profile.

Students are also expected to complete a day's work experience, one day a week, in a workplace that relates to their vocational training.

Career Pathways

Locksmith, Train Driver, Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Technician, Navy Sailor, Navy Officer, Pulp and Paper Mill Operator, Plastics Technician, Metal Worker, Brick and Blocklayer, Boat Builder, Naval Architect, Project Manager, Fabrication Engineer, Deckhand, Recruitment Consultant, Building Contractor, Recycler/Dismantler, Building and Construction Labourer, Roading Construction Worker, Mechanical Engineer, Roadmarker, Electrical Engineer, Roofer, Building and Construction Manager, Earthmoving Machine Operator, Wood Processing Worker, Scaffolder, Bus Driver, Cabinet Maker, Line Mechanic, Surveyor, Waiter/Waitress, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Textile Process Operator, Valuer, Water/Wastewater Treatment Operator, Carpenter, Carpet Cleaner, Flooring Installer, Kitchenhand, Chef, Civil Engineer, Civil Engineering Technician/Draughtsperson, Watchmaker and Repairer, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Miner/Quarry Worker, Mine/Quarry Manager, Diver, Painter and Decorator, Telecommunications Engineer, Telecommunications Technician, Industrial Designer, Hotel Porter, Concrete Worker, Stonemason, Quantity Surveyor, Crane Operator, Make-up Artist, Cook, Mining Engineer, Holiday Park Manager, Curator, Maitre d’Hotel, Survey Technician, Aeronautical Engineer, Visual Merchandiser, Workplace Relations Adviser, Air Force Aviator, Air Force Officer, Mechanical Engineering Technician, Electronics Trades Worker, Aircraft Loader, Plumber, Gasfitter and Drainlayer, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Driller, Aircraft Refueller, Product Assembler, Electrician, Electrical Engineering Technician, Lift Technician, Energy and Chemical Plant Operator, Engineering Machinist, Building Surveyor, Environmental Engineer, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Architect, Plasterer, Architectural Technician, Welder, Fencer, Plastics Worker, Army Officer, Army Soldier, Heavy Truck Driver, Ranger, Marine Engineer, Insurance Loss Adjuster, Medical Physicist, Forestry and Logging Worker, Electronics Engineer, Collision Repair Technician, Automotive Electrician, Furniture Finisher, Glazier, Automotive Technician, Automotive Refinisher, Game Developer, Bartender, Hotel/Motel Manager, Landscape Architect, Cafe Worker, Wall and Floor Tiler, Building Insulator, Glass Processor, Chemical Engineer, Hairdresser/Barber, Health and Safety Adviser, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Technician, Fire Engineer, Industrial Spray Painter, Joiner

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

None. All materials will be provided.