A trades academy which will train at least 60 students in vocational trades and technology is now open in Wellington.
The academy is part of a Government youth guarantee programme to open eight academies around the country. Education Minister Anne Tolley says it will provide free training to more than 700 students this year.
The academy will mean 30 schools working with the Wellington Institute of Technology and employers to enable students to earn NCEA credits and a tertiary qualification, while gaining practical skills in the workplace.
It will offer trades training in mechanical engineering, construction, plumbing and gasfitting, automotive technology, creative technologies and hospitality.