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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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Mount Hutt College students experience the world of forestry

July 07th, 2015

In early June, Year 11 and Year 12 students from Mount Hutt College’s Trades Academy class saw first-hand how the forestry industry plays an important part in... Read more

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Inspiring students into trade industries

July 07th, 2015 Event

Hundreds of secondary students took part in the Workchoice Earn & Learn events last month. The one-day events which took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch allowed students... Read more

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Successful Gateway programme helps young people build careers in the trades

July 07th, 2015

A successful Gateway programme between secondary school Waiuku College and local employer New Zealand Steel is a good example of how schools, companies and our Competenz team can... Read more

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Making glass a career pathway at O-I New Zealand

July 07th, 2015

Glass apprentice Jake Ihaka has his eye set on building a career in the glass industry. Following work experience through the Gateway programme, Jake joined Auckland based O-I... Read more

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Spotlight on our Plastics Apprentice of the Year finalists

June 29th, 2015

We met with Patrick McElhannan from Sistema Plastics (Auckland) and Vincent Rangi from Talus Industries New Zealand Ltd (Levin) - our finalists for Competenz 2014 Plastics Apprentice of the... Read more

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A focus on a strong training culture at this year’s Plastics New Zealand Annual Conference

June 26th, 2015

More than 100 people from the plastics industry attended the Plastics New Zealand Annual Conference in Tauranga on the 18-19 June. The conference gala dinner celebrated the companies... Read more

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Celebrating excellence in the forestry industry at this year’s Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards

June 25th, 2015

Close to 400 people turned out to celebrate the industry’s best at this year’s Southern Wood Council Forestry Awards held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin... Read more

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Changing forestry business practices, changing training needs

June 23rd, 2015

Changing business practices mean changing training needs, and work underway at Competenz to cater to new techniques in steep slope harvesting is an example of how the... 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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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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