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Competenz debuts at ASB Polyfest

March 21st, 2017

Competenz kicked off #GETAMPT campaign in the most vibrant and popular Pasifika festival in the world. The annual ASB Polyfest draws 90,000 strong crowds of school children... Read more


Competenz Higher Level Learning Scholarships 2017-apply today!

February 24th, 2017

Competenz is delighted to announce it has secured a $50,000 funding for scholarships towards higher level learning and skill development for learners who have completed a Competenz Level... Read more

Update: Competenz will no longer offer the National Diploma in Applied Journalism (Level 6)

February 20th, 2017

In 2016 Competenz consulted with industry representatives over the future and relevance of the workplace-based Journalism diploma (Level 6) in an increasingly disruptive, digital age. The evolution of... Read more

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Welding apprentice going for gold in Abu Dhabi

February 14th, 2017

Nothing can stop 19-year-old welding apprentice Andrew Champion from smashing his career goals, and 2017 is certainly going down as a monumental year. Andrew has been selected as... Read more

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Auckland furniture maker’s dedication to training the future of the industry

December 20th, 2016

Over 40 years ago when Vince Molloy opened his furniture making business Molloy Furniture, the Auckland-based business owner has had over 20 apprentices enter his doors and leave... Read more

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Taranaki apprentice wins top engineering award

December 19th, 2016

For 21-year-old mechanical engineering apprentice Jamie Noakes, winning the Competenz Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy at this year's 2016 SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC) in Hamilton was a... Read more

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Butchery apprenticeship is the beginning of a lifelong career for Cambridge student

December 16th, 2016

For 16-year-old Luke Andrews, wanting to be a butcher started when he was young. Around four years ago his parents brought Export Meats in Cambridge – now... Read more


Global manufacturing business keeps ahead of the game

December 13th, 2016

From its humble beginnings in the late eighties to now an international company, Napier-based food display cabinetmaking company Food Products Group (FPG) have come a long way since... Read more

Hayden means business

From apprentice to business owner

November 17th, 2016

“My apprenticeship took me way beyond learning how to do the basic ‘pipework’ in this job. But running your own team of guys, running the whole show?... Read more

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Inter-school ‘Toolbox Challenge’ finding budding engineers and furniture makers

November 11th, 2016

The results are in for the inter-school competition ‘Toolbox Challenge’. The top prize in the engineering section went to Rangitoto College student James Thompson. Blue Mountain College student Tom... Read more

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Schools say “one size doesn’t fit all” and Competenz listens

November 08th, 2016

The Competenz Careers team work collaboratively with over 200 schools to help student’s kickstart their careers in the trades industries. We embarked on a research project, in partnership... Read more

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Bakery owner dedicated to training the future of the baking industry

November 07th, 2016

For Creative Edge Food owner Shane Tinker, training the industry’s up-and-coming bakers is a way for him to give back to the baking industry and future-proof his... Read more

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Technology teacher builds the pathway from school to work

October 31st, 2016

If you cut Corrie Lindgreen in half, you would see ‘engineer and teacher’ written right through him. Dutch born and bred, Corrie’s family immigrated to Auckland in 1959.... Read more

Ben Henry

Butchery apprentice never gave up on achieving top award

October 27th, 2016

Third time’s a charm for 25-year-old Ben Henry, who became Apprentice of the Year at the national final of the Competenz and Retail Meat New Zealand competition... Read more

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Print Apprentice of the Year wins Pacific award at The Edge Got a Trade? Got it Made! Future Business Leader’s Awards

August 29th, 2016

Print Apprentice of the Year Sione Tonga, can now add another accolade to his impressive accomplishments. The print graduate won the Pacific Leader award at The Edge... Read more

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The New Zealand Certificates in Manufacturing are now available

August 29th, 2016

Manufacturing businesses across the country will now be able to effectively handle operational issues and coordinate manufacturing operations through the New Zealand Certificates in Manufacturing qualifications launched this month. The... Read more

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Taupo print graduate building his career in local print shop

August 24th, 2016

Print graduate Andrew Jenkins was a shy kid growing up. Now he is in a senior role at his company and his confidence and leadership skills are... Read more

Ben Norton profile

Got a Trade? Got it Made! Week is here!

August 22nd, 2016

Got A Trade Week is back for 2016. The national campaign to raise awareness of on-the-job training and careers in New Zealand’s trades and services is returning... Read more

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Stock car champion on the road to career success

August 22nd, 2016

When 19-year-old Rebecca Barr isn’t racing stock cars at the International Speedway in Palmerston North with her father, she’s working with the team at Excel Refrigeration & Air... Read more

Matthew Watson profile

Nelson baker continuing family trade

August 19th, 2016

For baking graduate Matthew Watson, becoming a baker is in his blood. A qualified baker at Quality Bakers Nelson, the 24-year-old is following in his grandfather’s and father’s... Read more

Sione Tonga profile

Unexpected career inspires print graduate to become award-winning success

August 17th, 2016

Working in the print industry was an unexpected career for Sione Taueli Tonga, but he knew immediately that this was where he wanted to be. The 33-year-old married... Read more

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A career change leads signmaking apprentice onto creative career pathway

August 17th, 2016

Signmaking apprentice Louisa Jessop had to Google ‘signmaking’ when she found a job on Seek that caught her interest. Over a year later, the 26-year-old is doing... Read more

Nick Buist profile

Butchery apprenticeship opening doors for young apprentice

August 16th, 2016

Nick Buist started in the butchery industry with a part-time job after school. After working in such a captivating environment, and seeing the opportunities that surrounded it, he... Read more

Ben Ellis profile

Plastics graduate’s hobby turns into his career

August 16th, 2016

Ben Ellis decided early on he wanted do an apprenticeship; it was just a matter of which industry he wanted to train in. “I was told I could... Read more

Marlane profile

Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy winner shares passion for engineering with her family

August 15th, 2016

Before engineering, 24-year-old Marlane Harmer had multiple part-time jobs in hospitality before starting a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Ravensdown Fertilisers, Napier. It was through a chance encounter while... Read more

Ben Norton profile

Engineering apprentice following his dream career and so is his dad

August 12th, 2016

For 20-year-old Ben Norton, working in the engineering industry is his dream career. The mechanical engineering apprentice at Compac Sorting Equipment, Auckland is in his third year of... Read more

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Tombleson Logging wins Forestry Family of the Year Award

August 09th, 2016

For Nick Tombleson, winning Forestry Family of the Year at the 2016 Northland Wood Council Forestry Awards was a huge credit to his family and his crews. The... Read more

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Butchery graduate's road to success

August 08th, 2016

Hohepa Smith has been with Countdown Meat and Livestock in Auckland for over eight years and has recently completed his National Certificate in Meat Retail Butchery (Advanced) (Level... Read more

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Forestry apprentice of the year proud to follow in family's footsteps

August 03rd, 2016

For Jasmine Kuru, working in the forest is in her blood. She started out with Kuru Contracting, her parents’ business, when she was just 16 years old.... Read more

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New forestry resources

August 03rd, 2016

Competenz has been working with industry over the past 12 months to ensure the products we offer are fit for purpose. As a result of this work,... Read more

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Celebrating success in the New Zealand forestry industry

August 01st, 2016

The Eastland, Southern and Northland Wood Council Forestry Awards have now come to a close for this year, with a high calibre of winners from all over... Read more

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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning graduate is passionate about his trade

July 22nd, 2016

Jock McVicar from Commercial & Industrial Refrigeration Ltd in Auckland is one of our talented industry leaders, who completed his National Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Level 4) in... Read more

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New Cellar Operations qualifications now available

July 01st, 2016

New Zealand wineries have played a key role leading up to this month’s launch of New Zealand’s first nationally recognised qualifications for cellar operators in the wine industry. The... Read more

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Print graduate of the year an inspiration to young Pacific people

June 28th, 2016

For 33-year-old Sione Tonga, winning Print Apprentice of Year at last month’s Pride in Print Awards was a surreal experience. His working life started in onion fields,... Read more

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Competenz, FPA New Zealand and FPA Australia enters into major training partnership

June 21st, 2016

Competenz are transforming the way the New Zealand fire industry learn with help from the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and Fire Protection Association New Zealand (FPANZ).... Read more

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Transforming Businesses: Competitive Systems and Practices qualifications now available

June 02nd, 2016

Kiwi businesses committed to improving their performance will experience greater benefits since the introduction of the new Competitive Systems and Practices (CSP) qualifications. The new qualification provides a holistic... Read more

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Helping businesses build their team’s English language skills

May 30th, 2016

Learning a foreign language is challenging. At Competenz, we recognise that having staff that are confident in communicating clearly with internal and external customers is crucial to any... Read more

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Building dairy industry skills: dairy engineering apprenticeship available now

May 30th, 2016

Dairy farmers across the country will benefit from a new apprenticeship designed to build the skills of the engineers who design, install and maintain their milking, pumping... Read more

Lucas Rankin

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning apprentice on the road towards a bright career

May 27th, 2016

For Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (RAC) apprentice Lucas Rankin, moving from Samoa to New Zealand five years ago has set him on the career path he’s always wanted. “My... Read more

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2015 ATNZ annual report

May 26th, 2016

In the coming year, ATNZ will continue to focus on creating safe and healthy workplaces for our apprentices and helping our learners complete their qualifications. “We’re committed to... Read more

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Competenz 2015 annual report

May 26th, 2016

The 2015 Competenz annual report highlights the results Competenz has achieved over the course of last year, with a focus on where Competenz is moving towards in... Read more

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Engineering apprenticeship offers the perfect career choice for Whakatane local

May 18th, 2016

For 18-year-old Daniel Ingram, giving up his dream to work for an engineering company was never an option. The Whakatane High School former student is in his... Read more

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Training an apprentice crucial to locksmith industry

May 12th, 2016

For Auckland Lock Services owner, Bryce Frewin, training an apprentice is not only great for his business; it’s a privilege to train the future of the locksmith... Read more

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Aspiring baker sees a bright future in the bakery industry

April 07th, 2016

For 24-year-old Luke Frew, working in the baking industry is opening doors to a promising future. The British-born baker is doing a bakery apprenticeship with artisan bakery,... Read more

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Assessment review explores opportunities for best practice for ITOs

April 04th, 2016

Identifying good practice in on-the-job assessments is crucial to the success of learners. Last month Competenz hosted meetings with researchers Heather McDonald and Anne Alkema from Heathrose Research,... Read more

Are you a training provider?

April 01st, 2016

*Training providers wanted!* Competenz helps kiwis build skills, careers and businesses. We develop national qualifications and make it easy to learn on-the-job. We are on the search for training... Read more

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Celebrating talent in the print industry

March 18th, 2016

Competenz print apprentices were recognised for their outstanding work at the Auckland Print Graduation last week. The graduation was hosted by PrintNZ and celebrated learners who have recently... Read more

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Plastics apprentice is a natural born leader

February 26th, 2016

For Niall Presland-White, working in the plastics industry was ‘being in the right place, at the right time.’ Niall is a NZA apprentice doing the National Certificate... Read more

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Gateway programme opens doors to the butchery workforce

February 25th, 2016

Secondary school students from West and South Auckland are stepping into the shoes of a butcher. The eight-week Gateway programme, which started this week, has six students... Read more

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ITO and industry collaborate in new RAC qualifications

February 24th, 2016

Trade skills and training are always on the forefront of Jarrod Harris’ mind. As a Director of refrigeration, air conditioning (RAC) and ventilation services company, Thermal Solutions, Jarrod... Read more

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If it’s good enough for Apple: bringing manufacturing back home

February 15th, 2016

Rising wages in China, soaring transport costs, and concerns over quality, intellectual property and delivery times are combining to cause manufacturers in the US and UK to consider... Read more

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Handy tips for doing an apprenticeship

February 12th, 2016

Need some handy tips to get through your apprenticeship? ATNZ glass engineering apprentice Rommel Lopez is here to help. *Be organised* Have a plan to ensure you keep your... Read more

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School leaver to ATNZ apprentice – a bright engineering career ahead

January 26th, 2016

A week’s work experience at a local engineering company was all 18-year-old Anton Overy needed to convince him he wanted a career in engineering. The Aucklander has... Read more


Butchery apprentice winner shifts career up a gear

January 26th, 2016

Winning the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition in 2014 was only the beginning for Pak’n Save Lincoln Road butcher Luka Young. The Aucklander has set... Read more

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All in the family for forestry trainee

January 18th, 2016

Twenty-three-year-old forestry trainee Brittney Burrows has found her calling in life. The Cantabrian has recently finished the National Certificate in Foundation Skills Landing Operations and is now signed onto doing... Read more

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New Year's resolution: getting to know the new health and safety law

January 15th, 2016

New Zealand’s new health and safety law, which comes in force on 4 April, makes everyone involved in a workplace responsible for keeping others safe, sets clear... Read more

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And now for a good news Christmas story…

December 21st, 2015

A serious head injury earlier this year has not stopped young Motueka man Kyle Heibner from completing his apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. In February Kyle, who is 22,... Read more

Getting the best from your investment in training an apprentice

Companies share their views on getting the best from an apprenticeship

December 18th, 2015

New Competenz research, which summarises the views of 180 employers, has identified practical ways companies can gain the greatest return on their investment in an apprenticeship: a skilled,... Read more

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Journalism learner tackles Diploma head on

December 17th, 2015

Working to a deadline is nothing new for Gisborne Herald Sub-editor Elaine Marie Clark who recently completed the National Diploma in Applied Journalism (Level 6). “The course was... Read more

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Top Queenstown printer wins national Competenz Print Scholarship

December 17th, 2015

A win for Queenstown printer Martin Douglas in the 2015 Competenz Print Scholarship shows that trade skills and training in the Queenstown Lakes District are up there... Read more

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Frankton engineer wins Competenz Engineering Scholarship

December 14th, 2015

Winning a 2015 Competenz Engineering Scholarship is helping Frankton-based engineer Sam Allen build his professional credibility by working toward an advanced engineering qualification on-the-job. Sam is embarking on a... Read more

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Otahuhu engineer wins Competenz Engineering Scholarship

December 14th, 2015

Winning a 2015 Competenz Engineering Scholarship is helping Otahuhu-based toolmaker David Carron tackle the advanced engineering training that will add business skills to his technical expertise and support... Read more

Grant Alsop

Welcome Grant Alsop, our new account manager in the print, packing, signmaking, and journalism (PPSJ) team

December 02nd, 2015

The Competenz team welcomes our new account manager for the PPSJ team, Grant Alsop. Grant started with us in late October and joins us from Aarque Group... Read more

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Celebrating student achievement at Rangitoto College’s vocational awards

December 01st, 2015

Last month Rangitoto College celebrated 60 students from Year 11 to Year 13 at their Technology Department Vocational Awards. Now in their third year, the awards were... Read more

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Engineering apprentice always willing to go the extra mile

November 30th, 2015

For 32-year-old James Hohaia, taking on an apprenticeship later in his career was challenge he couldn’t refuse. Currently completing a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Wallace Corporation in Waitoa,... Read more

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Celebrating learner success at TradeQual

November 26th, 2015

Early this month, more than 350 people attended the annual TradeQual evening at the Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill to celebrate the achievements of over 80 learners who’ve graduated... Read more

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Taking the lead at this year’s Food and Grocery Council Conference

November 26th, 2015

The power of cooperation, corporate leadership, and creating a positive culture were some of the key discussion points at this year’s Food and Grocery Council annual conference... Read more

Lauren Thompson

Engineering apprentice helping pave the way for more women in engineering

November 26th, 2015

Being the only female in the workshop doesn’t faze 23-year-old engineering apprentice Lauren Thompson. Currently in her second year of completing a general engineering apprenticeship at heavy transport... Read more

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Got a Trade? Got it made! at national careers conference

November 19th, 2015

Exhibiting side-by-side under the Got a Trade? Got it Made! banner at this year’s CATE Conference is helping Competenz and nine other industry training organisations (ITOs), raise the... Read more

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Attitude, dedication, and motivation has engineering apprentice rise to the top

November 19th, 2015

Mechanical engineering apprentice Benjamin Peffer likes a challenge. His confidence and work ethic has led him to being runner-up for the Competenz Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy at this... Read more

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Engineering is not a job, but a lifelong career for engineering apprentice

November 19th, 2015

Competenz engineering apprentice Marlane Harmer loves every second of her mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Ravensdown based in Napier. The 23-year-old won the Competenz Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy at this... Read more

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The world of maintenance engineering showcasing upcoming talent

November 19th, 2015

Engineers from across the country made their way to Hamilton this week for the 2015 SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference (NMEC). This year’s conference focused on developing future engineers;... Read more

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‘Mature’ apprentices: the benefits of investing in an older learner

November 13th, 2015

Tackling a glass manufacturing apprenticeship in two bites, as a school leaver and again in his late 20s, gives André Ploeg from Auckland glass container manufacturer O-I... Read more

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Working together to support Māori and Pasifika trades learners

November 11th, 2015

This week Competenz hosted members from the Auckland Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative (AMPTT), as well as Māori and Pasifika project champions Sam Sefuiva and Sir Pita... Read more

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Celebrating young people at the South Taranaki Youth to Work Awards 2015

November 09th, 2015

Competenz congratulates engineering firm Croucher and Crowder Engineering Co Limited (Employers Award) and Wade Maindonald from Excel Refrigeration (joint second place for Young Achiever Award) who placed at... Read more

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Engineering takes flight for school students

October 27th, 2015

Mercury Bay Area School students have a project like no other. Six senior students are currently building a Vans RV 12 plane. Retired licensed aircraft maintenance engineer... Read more

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Get to know your contract assessors: Eugene Sorenson

October 22nd, 2015

For contract assessor Eugene Sorenson, the forestry industry has been a part of his life since birth. “I was born into it,” the 36-year-old says. “My father worked... Read more

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Ready, set, go!

October 22nd, 2015

The ninth New Zealand Secondary School Mini Moto Grand Prix took place at Manfeild race track, Feilding, last week with close to 300 students from over 20... Read more

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Rotorua Boys’ High students discover the technical side of the forestry industry

October 21st, 2015

Eleven Year 13 students from Rotorua Boys’ High School recently went on a Competenz Discovery Tour at Interpine Forestry Innovation - a forest consulting and data management company... Read more

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Former apprentice has high hopes for engineering maintenance business

October 21st, 2015

For 36-year-old Taupo man David Gibson, an apprenticeship has helped shape the career he has today. The owner of JB Maintenance, an engineering maintenance business based in Taupo,... Read more

Health and Safety web

Getting ready for the new health and safety law

October 16th, 2015

New Zealand’s new health and safety law, which comes in force on 4 April 2016, makes everyone involved in a workplace responsible for keeping others safe, sets... Read more

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Competenz Sector Advisory Groups: connecting us with our industries

October 15th, 2015

When you’re in the business of supporting the training needs of 37 industries across New Zealand, opportunities to talk directly, frankly and openly with senior members of... Read more

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Welding firm opening doors to Māori and Pasifika students

October 15th, 2015

Competenz recently hosted students from Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec) on a tour around Auckland-based fabrication facility Jay Cee Welding as part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades... Read more

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Technology class well-equipped in CAD at Waimea College

October 13th, 2015

The Computer Aided Design (CAD) course is teaching Waimea College students in Richmond the basics in design and technical drawings, and preparing them for a career in engineering.... Read more

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Shakeout national earthquake drill: 9.15am Thursday 15 October

October 12th, 2015

9.15am on Thursday 15 October was Shakeout time at Competenz, as our 180 employees around the country took part in the world’s biggest per capita earthquake drill. “Living... Read more

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Trades academy providing a career pathway for Waitakere College students

October 12th, 2015

Waitakere College’s trades academy has grown from strength to strength since it started last year and has no plans on slowing down. Twenty-two Year 12 and Year 13... Read more


How many people do you have in training?

October 09th, 2015

“If you can’t train your own staff, you don’t have a sustainable business,” says Kerry Hill, Managing Director of Nelson-based Trinder Engineering. “When people say how difficult it... Read more

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Because there’s nothing like being there: Cabinet ministers visit forestry workplace

October 07th, 2015

New Zealand’s forests offer some of the country’s most scenic workplaces and a training ground which provides unique challenges. So it was good to be able to... Read more

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Listening to our customers: breakfast meetings with our Competenz board

October 06th, 2015

Our Competenz board members start every meeting with a breakfast at which local companies give their views on important issues involved in building and retaining a skilled workforce.... Read more

PPG web

Training boosts manufacturing productivity, engagement and safety at PPG

October 05th, 2015

A long-term investment in building competitive manufacturing skills, supported by a culture change programme which rewards productivity and innovation, is helping Auckland-based industrial coatings manufacturer PPG New Zealand save... Read more

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Preparing students for successful forestry careers: expanded forestry Gateway programme

September 23rd, 2015

An expanded Gateway programme of structured work placements will replace the forestry trade academy from 1 January 2016, as industry training organisation Competenz moves to make forestry training... Read more

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Door-knocking opens path to engineering career

September 23rd, 2015

For 19-year-old Fraser Crossan working in the engineering industry is the pathway to his dream career. A fitting and machining apprentice at Stafford Engineering Ltd in Hamilton, Fraser... Read more

Chris Ross web

Earn while you learn is key for fabrication apprentice

September 23rd, 2015

Twenty-three-year-old Christopher Ross isn’t shy of seizing an opportunity when he sees one. The fabrication apprentice is six months away from completing his apprenticeship at Stafford Engineering Ltd... Read more

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Rotorua student's determination and drive to succeed

September 16th, 2015

For Rotorua Lakes High School Year 12 student Chas Taingahue, giving up on his dream of working in the forestry industry wasn’t an option. As part of... Read more

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Applications open for the National Diploma in Print Industry Management (Level 5) Scholarship

September 14th, 2015

Looking to take your print and packaging training to the next level? Applications are now open for the Competenz Scholarship towards the National Diploma in Print Industry Management... Read more

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Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in journalism

September 11th, 2015

On 26 August, the New Zealand Herald opened their doors to a group of aspiring journalists as part of the national Got a Trade Week. The tour... Read more


Providing training opportunities for the New Zealand Defence Force

September 11th, 2015

The New Zealand Defence College (NZDC) has recently signed a three-year agreement for Competenz to provide training programmes that meet the needs of the New Zealand Defence Force... Read more

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Congratulations to New Zealand's top butchery apprentice!

September 11th, 2015

Congratulations to Competenz butchery apprentice Hohepa Smith from Countdown Meat and Livestock who yesterday took out first place in the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition. The... Read more

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Māori and Pasifika students keen for careers in engineering and air conditioning

September 10th, 2015 Event

Competenz recently hosted students from Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Unitec Institute of Technology (Unitec) as part of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Initiative. At the event,... Read more

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Hon Steven Joyce: “Training shows you what you can achieve”

September 04th, 2015

Celebrating the achievements of 25 competitive manufacturing graduates at the Auckland plant of industrial coating supplier PPG was ‘the fun part of the job’ for Minister of Tertiary... Read more

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Got a Trade Week officially opened by aspiring auto mechanic

September 03rd, 2015 Event

Last month, the first annual GOT A TRADE WEEK was opened at GridAKL by aspiring auto mechanic Krystal Witika – a 16-year old student from Auckland Girls... Read more

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Encouraging more young people into a career in steel construction

September 02nd, 2015

Members of the steel construction industry, teachers and career advisors gathered this week at the SteelCon Careers Update 2015 at the Aotea Centre, Auckland. The main focus of... Read more

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Workplace training leads to refrigeration career for Daniel Jordan

September 02nd, 2015

Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Jordan likes a challenge. A service technician at Judd Refrigeration Ltd in Palmerston North, Daniel completed his second apprenticeship at the end of last year and... Read more

Getting the best from an investment in an apprenticeship

September 01st, 2015

If you’re a small firm wanting to train an apprentice and can’t justify a dedicated human resources or training team, take heart. According to Darren Davis, Operations Manager... Read more


Getting school leavers interested in the HVAC&R industries

September 01st, 2015

Getting more young people interested in a career in the refrigeration, heating and air conditioning industries (HVAC&R) was one of the topics discussed at the Institute of Refrigeration,... Read more

Matua Wines web

Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in winemaking

September 01st, 2015

Touring the West Auckland plant of award-winning winemaker Matua Valley Wines during national Got a Trade Week proved a good way for students like Ruhia Henare-Samuels to... Read more

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Workchoice Teachers’ Day: strengthening the link between schools and the trades

August 31st, 2015

This year’s Workchoice Teachers’ Day, Christchurch (28 August 2015) wrapped up Got a Trade Week with a focus on trades and services. The event, which was held... Read more

Nicki Bason web

‘More women should give signmaking a go’

August 31st, 2015

“With a career in signmaking I’ve found where I’m meant to be,” says Green Frog’s Nicki Bason who capped off a successful apprenticeship by taking out silver... Read more

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Got a Trade campaign setting young rugby league stars on career path

August 31st, 2015 Event

Sponsoring the New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) National Secondary Schools Tournament in Auckland this week is one of the ways the Got a Trade? Got it Made!... Read more

Goodman Fielder web

Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in baking

August 28th, 2015

Touring the Goodman Fielder East Tamaki plant as part of national Got a Trade Week has proved a good way for students like Bronwyn Barnes, Year 12 at... Read more

Logan Print web

Getting the best from a printing apprenticeship

August 27th, 2015

A careful hiring policy, supporting their apprentices’ learning, managing progress, and the personal touch have combined to see award-winning Logans Print from Gisborne put 18 people through successful... Read more

FBLF group web

Got a Trade Week: building the skills of our future business leaders

August 27th, 2015 Event

Attending yesterday’s Future Business Leaders Forum as part of national Got a Trade Week has been an opportunity for top apprentices to gain leadership skills which will help... Read more

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Got a Trade Week: building links to local schools and jobseekers in the print industry

August 25th, 2015

Opening their print factory as part of national Got a Trade Week has proved a good way for Auckland-based printing firm McCollams Print to build links with... Read more

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Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in engineering

August 25th, 2015

Touring the engineering workshop of Auckland-based Metal Skills as part of national Got a Trade Week has proved a good way for jobseekers from One Tree Hill... Read more

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Got a Trade Week is here!

August 20th, 2015

Got a Trade Week is here! Please celebrate with us as we showcase our trades-based industries. Look out for the campaign in the media over the next... Read more

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Got a Trade Week: the making of young New Zealanders

August 20th, 2015

Got a Trade Week is just around the corner. Competenz Marketing & Communications General Manager and Got a Trade? Got it Made! Chair Rachel Hopkins tells New... Read more

Matthew Robinson web

Our apprentices: where are they now?

August 19th, 2015

For 35-year-old Cantabrian Matthew Robinson, workplace training is familiar territory. Starting as a maintenance and diagnostics apprentice after finishing school was just the beginning. “I started my apprenticeship at... Read more

Kirsty web

Upholstery apprentice turns passion into a career

August 18th, 2015

For 31-year-old Kirsty Woolley, being an upholstery apprentice is finally a reality. The mother of four started her apprenticeship in February this year with Withers and Borwick Upholstery... Read more

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Congratulations to the winner of the Excellence in Insurance Journalism Award 2015

August 18th, 2015

At Competenz we welcome the opportunity to help the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) recognise excellence in insurance journalism by judging the Excellence in Insurance Journalism Award... Read more

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Building a strong relationship with our forestry customers

August 11th, 2015

Competenz CEO John Blakey is currently meeting with forestry owners, contractors and other key forestry stakeholders to listen to their views and make sure they are being... Read more

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Apprenticeship opening doors for fabrication apprentice

August 07th, 2015

Stacy Smyth is not one to rest on his laurels. The 20-year-old from Dannevirke is currently in his fourth year as a heavy fabrication apprentice at RCR... Read more

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Contract Assessor Neville Muir - upskilling the forestry industry

August 06th, 2015

Contract Assessor Neville Muir is well known to many of the forestry crews in the South Island. He started in the forestry industry 24 years ago when... Read more

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Outward Bound course helps butchery apprentice build soft skills

August 06th, 2015

Completing an Outward Bound course was the “opportunity of a lifetime” for Competenz butchery apprentice Kalolo Fale, and the chance to build the ‘soft skills’ that employers in... Read more

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Fiona Ewing, new board member for Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC)

August 05th, 2015

Health and safety (H&S) expert Fiona Ewing has recently been appointed to the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC). The recently-formed council has been set-up to help drive improvements... Read more

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Q+A: Brett Jobe, Competenz forestry account manager

August 05th, 2015

Brett Jobe has lived and breathed the forestry industry since he was 16 years old. By the time he was 19 he was a crew manager. By... Read more

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Got a Trade Week 2015: celebrating the industry’s young heroes

August 05th, 2015

National Got a Trade Week (21 to 28 August 2015) is approaching, and Cowley Services refrigeration and air conditioning apprentice William Lovell, who turned in a near perfect... Read more

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Building maritime industry skills: New Zealand Certificates and Diplomas available soon

August 05th, 2015

Auckland ferry operator Fullers and the Interislander are among commercial operators looking at signing employees into the industry’s new maritime qualifications when they come into force with the... Read more

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Building industry skills: New Zealand Certificates in the wine sector available soon

August 05th, 2015

Wineries across New Zealand are playing a leading role in helping Competenz develop New Zealand’s first nationally recognised qualifications for cellar operators in the wine sector. The qualifications... Read more

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New Zealand demographic trends leading to skills shortages

July 30th, 2015

The aging of New Zealand’s workforce is continuing to challenge employers across the country to find new ways to bridge their skill gaps and plan for the... Read more

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Celebrate Māori language week (27 July – 2 August 2015)

July 27th, 2015

Tēnā kotou Te Wiki o te Reo Māori/Māori Language Week is the celebration of the Māori language (te reo) and Māori culture (tikanga). It’s a chance for us... Read more

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Butchery apprentice is a step ahead of the competition

July 22nd, 2015

Hohepa Smith is pretty handy with a carving knife. Before becoming a butchery apprentice in 2013 for Countdown Meat and Livestock based at Auckland’s Otahuhu meat plant, Hohepa... Read more

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Bakery team leader an inspiration for fledging apprentices

July 09th, 2015

No-one knows better than 29-year-old Richard Mehana that it’s a hard road getting to the top, but this hasn’t deterred the South Aucklander from reaching his goals.... Read more

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Printex: a look into the (fast approaching) future

June 17th, 2015

In a fast-changing industry, the recent Printex trade show in Sydney was a chance for printers to learn about the latest trends, technology and equipment. Our Competenz... Read more

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Listening to our learners

June 15th, 2015

At our strategy day in April, members of our Competenz board met the people who are at the centre of everything we do: our learners. Eight apprentices... Read more

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Playing it cool wins RAC competition

June 11th, 2015

Congratulations to top refrigeration and air-conditioning apprentice William McClune who took out the Wallie Askew Memorial Cup at this year’s industry awards in Christchurch. The competition pitted seven apprentices... Read more

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Congratulations to the regional winner of Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year

June 11th, 2015

Congratulations to Competenz butchery apprentice Vernon Atutahi from New World Marton who yesterday took out first place in the Lower North Island regional final of the Competenz Butcher... Read more

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John Blakey to retire as CEO of Competenz at end of year

June 10th, 2015

Competenz Chairman Mike Simm announced today that CEO John Blakey will retire from his role on 20 December 2015. Fiona Kingsford, currently GM of Strategy and Innovation,... Read more

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Competenz 2014 Annual Report

May 27th, 2015

The 2014 Competenz Annual Report highlights the results Competenz has achieved in its first full year of operations since it merged with four other Industry Training Organisations (ITOs)... Read more

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Q+A: Phil Williams

May 19th, 2015

*Forestry Account Manager, Competenz* “Do I relate to our learners? Yes, I was just like them. I always wanted to do something outside. And, I joined the... Read more

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2015 Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards

May 18th, 2015

More than 480 people turned out for the sixth annual Eastland Wood Council Forestry Awards, held at the Farmers Air Showgrounds Event Centre in Gisborne on May... Read more

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Competenz learner profile will reveal ‘Our Tane’

May 14th, 2015

The Forestry Resources Project, which got underway in March, looks at the development of learner-centric resources to support 11 new qualifications in the pipeline at Competenz. Led by... Read more

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GOT A TRADE? GOT IT MADE! has Kiwi Fern’s back

May 05th, 2015

Already a staunch supporter of New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL), GOT A TRADE? GOT IT MADE! is getting behind the Kiwi Ferns as a sponsor of the... Read more

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Getting the low-down on this year's butchery awards

May 04th, 2015

Butchery apprentices who have entered, or are considering signing up for the Competenz Butcher Apprentice of the Year competition, will be interested in a series of workshops running... Read more

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Congratulations to our Print Apprentice of the Year

May 01st, 2015 Event

Congratulations to Print Apprentice of the Year, Cheyne Lesa, and this year's finalists. They were chosen from more than 40 people who completed their apprenticeships in 2014, through industry... Read more

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Congratulations to New Zealand’s top signmaking apprentices for 2015

April 28th, 2015

The 2015 New Zealand Sign and Display Awards in Rotorua on Anzac Day evening were a chance to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Sign and Display... Read more

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Competenz Board: Listening to our learners

April 16th, 2015 Event

At their strategy day in April, members of our Competenz board met some of the people who are at the centre of everything we do: our learners.... Read more


CZ at Building Officials Expo

April 16th, 2015 Event

Competenz is hosting a joint exhibition with Firetech Training Ltd, to promote the National Certificate in Passive Fire Protection (Routine Inspections) Level 3, at this year’s Building Officials... Read more

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Gold for CZ at Oscars of eLearning

April 16th, 2015 Event

At Competenz, our eLearning is exceptional. Going head-to-head with world leaders in learning design and technology, we’ve just been awarded gold for Best New Technology Implementation (eLearning Widespread... Read more

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Introducing Competenz Journalism Assessor Catherine Masters

March 31st, 2015

Catherine Masters is a Competenz assessor for the National Diploma in Applied Journalism. She has been a journalist for almost thirty years. Highlights of what she describes... Read more

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Signmaking apprentice of the year 2015

March 31st, 2015 Event

Saturday 25 April sees the New Zealand sign industry recognise the top apprentice in signmaking from the 2014 calendar year. The top three apprentices will be awarded at... Read more


Print Industry Apprentice Awards 2015

March 31st, 2015 Event

*16 April, Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch 22 April, Heritage Hotel, Auckland* Print NZ and Competenz are now preparing for the 2015 Print Industry Apprentice Awards, sponsored by BJ Ball... Read more

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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


Save the date: Māori and Pasifika Trades Training launch

December 11th, 2014 Event

The official launch of Māori & Pasifika Trades Training: Auckland will be held on 12 February 2015 from 7am - 9am. Please mark it in your calendar,... 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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