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Trainee Receives Surprise Acknowledgment

February 27th, 2015

Newly qualified apprentice at high-precision technical moulding company Millennium Plastics Ltd, Vene Manutai-Esau, had the surprise of his life when he was awarded his trade certificate by Prime... Read more

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2015 Young Bread Baker of the Year

February 24th, 2015

Judging for the top young bread baker in New Zealand took place in Auckland yesterday with Nathan Roberts from Goodman Fielder in Auckland being declared winner of... Read more

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Apprentice profile: Chad Whitehead

February 23rd, 2015

Juggling an apprenticeship and hockey training – to try to make the Black Sticks – isn’t always easy, but 22 year old Chad Whitehead is “pretty happy”... Read more

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Celebrating the people who grew skills, careers and businesses in 2014

February 17th, 2015

We’ve rounded up some of our industries’ achievements and successes from 2014 for you to enjoy.  As a multi-sector industry training organisation (ITO), we design and manage technical... Read more

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2015 NZ Sign & Display Awards – calling for entries!

February 17th, 2015 Event

The New Zealand Sign and Display Awards are now open for entries. This is an opportunity to be recognised among the very best, so get your entries... Read more


Nominations open for Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards

February 02nd, 2015 Event

Nomination forms went out to the industry today acknowledging the start of the Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards for 2015. This is the sixth campaign since the inaugural... Read more

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Occupation Outlook 2015

January 22nd, 2015

The 2015 Occupation Outlook report and mobile App have been launched, allowing students and their families to easily compare the job prospects and incomes of 50 different careers... Read more

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ACC Workplace Safety Management Practices - Tertiary Accreditation

January 21st, 2015

Keeping workers safe and healthy is important to every business we work with. We strive to uphold the same high standards within Competenz. In 2014, Competenz achieved tertiary... Read more


Official launch: Māori & Pasifika Trades Training: Auckland

January 15th, 2015 Event

On behalf of Māori & Pasifika Trades Training: Auckland, Competenz would like to invite you to their official launch. This is a great opportunity to have direct... Read more

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Racing towards qualifications: three students experience life in the pits

January 08th, 2015 Event

For secondary school students Sam Arkley-Perry, Ryan Gulliver and Dylan Ayre, the dream of working for one of New Zealand’s leading V8 SuperTourer teams became a reality recently... Read more

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Training helps retain employees during turbulent times

November 12th, 2014

For Christchurch based manufacturers B&D Doors, their strong commitment to training has helped boost employee retention and engagement during trying times for the city. “In 2012, we started... Read more

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Iconic Kiwi engineer accepts society honour

October 21st, 2014

Iconic Kiwi engineer Bill Buckley was made a patron of the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand (MESNZ) in honour of his contribution to engineering and tradesmen.... Read more

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First New Zealand Certificate awarded in Packaging

October 17th, 2014

On 1 January 2014, Competenz launched a new suite of training qualifications known as ‘New Zealand Certificates’ across the packaging industry. These certificates replace all ‘National Certificates’.   Last... Read more

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Tools4Work Mini Moto Grand Prix 2014

October 16th, 2014 Event

The ninth annual Tools4Work[sitetree_link,id=18] National Secondary Schools Mini Moto Grand Prix took place on 13 to 15 October at Manfeild, Feilding. Up to 300 students from over 20... Read more

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Electronic Milk Meter takes 2014 Plastics Industry Supreme Design Award

October 07th, 2014 Event

Millennium Plastics Ltd were awarded the overall Supreme Award at the 2014 Plastics Industry Biennial Design Awards held on Friday 3rd October, for their all-new Waikato Milking Systems... Read more

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Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year announced

September 15th, 2014 Event

Luka Young from PAK’nSAVE Lincoln Road in Auckland was named the 2014 Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year at Friday night’s butchery awards. Held in Auckland’s Viaduct Events... Read more

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Government re-boot subsidy boosts apprentice numbers in Competenz industries

September 12th, 2014

Employers in Competenz industries around the country are responding to the Government’s re-boot subsidy by taking on more apprentices. Competenz has paid out over 1,000 re-boot subsidies in... Read more

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Cellar operations qualifications approved for development

September 01st, 2014

Competenz has received approval from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to develop New Zealand qualifications at levels 3, 4 and 5 in cellar operations for the New... Read more

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The New Zealand Plastics Industry 2014 Design Awards

August 26th, 2014 Event

The entries are in and the judging is complete for the New Zealand Plastics Industry 2014 Design Awards & Gala Dinner. Competenz is the key sponsor for... Read more

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Ensuring consistent standards with assessor workshops

August 14th, 2014 Event

Jason Hemopo, Competenz National Forestry Moderator, has been leading workshops throughout New Zealand for our assessors working with high end tree-felling units. The workshops ensure that all assessors... Read more

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Helping Māori and Pasifika learners build their skills in the workplace

August 11th, 2014

Competenz wants to play an active part in making sure all New Zealanders have the opportunity and the support they need to grow skills, careers and businesses.... Read more

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Competenz calls for 2014 Print Scholarship Applications

August 05th, 2014

The newly introduced Competenz Print Scholarship 2014 is now open for applications. To apply, click here! We have one scholarship available which will cover the cost of the... Read more


"Got a Trade? Got it Made!" caring for Youth Elite

August 01st, 2014

Providing youngsters with a secure future is a goal that New Zealand Rugby League, The Skills Organisation and Competenz all share, so it’s logical that they join... Read more

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New Zealand Butchers win Tri-Nations in Yorkshire

July 15th, 2014 Event

New Zealand’s Pure South Sharp Blacks have won the Tri-Nations Butchers’ Challenge after taking out Australia and Great Britain last week. The competition held in Yorkshire, England proved... Read more


WorldSkills New Zealand Announces Winning Apprentices

July 07th, 2014 Event

New Zealand’s top trade apprentices were announced at an awards ceremony today following an intensive two-day WorldSkills New Zealand 2014 national competition held in Hamilton. Hosted by Wintec (Waikato... Read more

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Investing in our Forestry industry

July 03rd, 2014

Creating a stand-alone forestry business unit with its own National Manager is one of the ways Competenz is giving the industry the training focus it needs to... Read more

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Rising Young Baker proves himself at Fine Food New Zealand

June 27th, 2014 Event

Daniel Wu of Manurewa High School has won the 2014 Rising Young Baker competition held at the ASB Showgrounds on Monday. The secondary school student produced three baking... Read more

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Ambitious butchers make the cut

June 10th, 2014

The Alto Young Butcher and Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year is well underway with the Lower North Island Regional held yesterday in Palmerston North. The Alto Young... Read more

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Competenz Takes Hat Off To Top Printing Talent

June 09th, 2014

As technology changes, it has never been more critical for New Zealand’s complex print industry to train its people to the skill levels required to produce and... Read more


Competenz at EMEX

May 14th, 2014 Event

Engineering apprentice training – everything you ever wanted to know  It’s New Zealand’s largest manufacturing, engineering, machinery, electronics and technology exhibition at the end of this month – and... Read more

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Competenz Plastics Scholarship 2015

May 14th, 2014

If you wish to apply for a Competenz Plastics Scholarship 2015, click here for the application form. The Competenz Plastics Scholarship 2015 is now open for applications. Competenz has... Read more

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Icon Papers Print Apprentice of the Year 2013 Finalists

May 09th, 2014

The Icon Papers Print Apprentice of the Year Award reflects the culmination of many years of hard work and study for apprentices. All finalists completed their apprenticeship in... Read more

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Got a Trade? Got it Made!

May 09th, 2014 Event

Competenz is partnering up with four other ITOs to showcase a newly developed trade hub in the 2014 Careers Expos, aiming to raise the profile of careers... Read more

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Jack Khosrawi – Hard graft leads to success

He was a school prefect at Henderson High and a competitive body builder; now Jack Khosrawi is the Competenz Apprentice Butcher for 2013.

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Alex Rau - Persistence pays off

Blame a broken guitar for getting Alex Rau where he is today. To be precise it was a visit Alex paid to a craftsman to fix the guitar that first inspired him to get into working with wood.

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Ashton Fleming - Taking on a career in steel

It seems Ashton Fleming has a penchant for something that puts most people on edge – the sound of grinding metal.

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