Ministry of Education careers advisor Cindy Milanovic said: “The six senior students will be able to learn practical skills and get work experience to contribute to the Atiu community.”
She said Atiu doesn’t have proper trade workshops and needs people with mechanical expertise.
"We are so thankful to the organisations that will be providing this great opportunity for level 2 and 3 students," she added.
Milanovic said the course was also able to re-engage a former student that had left school recently.
Cook Islands Motor Centre, Auto Tech Cook Islands and Polynesian Car and Bike Hire are set to take on two students each to gain work experience with them.
General manager at Cook Islands Motor Centre, Teariki Pennycook said: “We always take a couple students on board and provide them with an opportunity to gain work experience and basic training in our workshops. They will learn the dos and don’ts and hopefully go on to trade school.”
Supervisor for the auto mechanics course and broker at Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute (CITTI) Robert Gore said: “We would like to thank ministry of education for making this happen.”
He said the students were really excited and keen to get started.
The students in attendance are Ethan George, Junior Tipoki, Mareva Punua, Teinakore Tomokino, Roururoaroa Tomokino and Jacques Boaza.
The group are staying at the Atiu Hostel and will depart Rarotonga on Saturday.