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Engineering

Trade engineers keep New Zealand’s industries running with a broad range of skills like welding, manufacturing machined and formed parts, plus repairs and maintenance of all kinds of machinery and equipment.

You’ll learn on the job and through training. For every university-trained engineer, New Zealand needs many more trades-qualified engineers and there are loads of opportunities!

Apprenticeship options

A Competenz apprenticeship is a carefully structured programme that combines practical skills training with technical training. There is no restriction as to who can enter an apprenticeship. Even if a worker is already employed in industry but has no formal qualification, it is not too late for him or her to get their skills formally recognised.

Competenz offers two broad options for apprenticeships, which you can customise to suit your individual needs.

  • I’ve got an existing employee who is a great candidate for an apprenticeship
  • I’m confident I have the time and ability to recruit a good apprentice
  • I’d like to be the apprentice’s formal employer
  • I or my staff have the time and ability to provide coaching and mentoring.

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  • I haven’t got time to recruit a suitable apprentice
  • I like the idea of someone else taking on all the formal employer responsibilities
  • I’d like to pay for my new apprentice on a contract basis
  • I don’t have spare resource for coaching and mentoring

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What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like the Maintenance Engineering Society to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the engineering industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Contacts

Marc Borland

Marc Borland

Regional Manager, Waikato/ Bay of Plenty, Engineering and Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 275 9362
Ken Wilkinson

Ken Wilkinson

Regional Manager, South Island, Engineering and Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 440 9232
Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks

Regional Manager, Central, Engineering & Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 281 9828
Greg Stuart

Greg Stuart

Regional Manager, Auckland & North, Engineering & Wood Manufacturing

Phone
027 550 1425

Targeted Review of Qualifications

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is reviewing all New Zealand's national and local qualifications. These reviews are called Targeted Reviews of Qualifications (TRoQs).

Find out what is happening with the development of Engineering qualifications here.