Otago Polytechnic
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Zarrin Robertson

Zarrin (Zed) Robertson wasn’t really sure what he wanted to study when he came to Dunedin’s Tertiary Open Day from Gore High School.

“I came up for a look around Otago Uni but the Polytechnic seemed more practical … more me”.

He’s always been interested in engines, so he started off with a Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3), then completed a National Certificate in Business Administration (Level 4)*.

“Studying at Otago Polytechnic was different from school. They taught us all the academic subjects, but they also gave us life skills – like basic presentation, and how to deal with customers.”

Zed says Otago Polytechnic’s automotive workshop is one of the best in New Zealand.

“They have all the new technology that you don’t get in a small workshop – like a huge selection of scan tools.”

There’s also a steady stream of cars that need work.

“We get to work on all the Otago Polytechnic cars and staff cars. You can even bring your own car in if it’s related to what you’re learning.”

Zed’s lecturer recommended him to Forbury Service Centre and now he’s completing a managed apprenticeship. That means he’s working full-time and studying part-time for a National Certificate in Motor Industry (Level 3).

“Everything I’ve learnt at the Polytechnic absolutely applies to my job. What I’m studying is what I’m doing!”

Zed plans to finish his apprenticeship and eventually save enough money to go travelling.

“If I have a qualified trade, it’ll be so much easier to get work wherever I go”.

*Now replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)

Read more about Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 3).

More about Automotive Apprenticeships.