Plastics

Plastic. It’s hard to imagine life without this ingenious little polymer.

Employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with industry associations like Plastics New Zealand and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

Discounted offer: international online plastics learning materials

To help plastics manufacturers build their team’s skills, Competenz has been working with Plastics New Zealand and members of the plastics industry to make available some online learning materials developed by American plastics training provider Routsis Training.

United States-based Routsis Training is a leading supplier of training services for the plastics processing industry. More than 3,000 companies and educational institutions worldwide use their online learning.

The Routsis materials reinforce the skills and knowledge learners gain as they work towards their New Zealand qualifications. Learners may find them a useful way to supplement their New Zealand-based training.

The materials do not replace the materials Competenz provides and modules do not cover Competenz unit standards directly. Learners who complete these modules cannot gain credit against New Zealand unit standards.

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Qualifications available

This qualification is designed for people moving into or already employed in the plastics industry as Production Operators, Packers and assembly workers. Graduates of these qualifications will be able to operate production processes in specific sectors of the plastics industry.

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Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

This qualification is designed for people already employed in the plastics industry as Process Engineers, Technicians, Die Setters and Machine Setters. Graduates of these qualifications will be able to carry out a range of activities related to processing, equipment and tooling in specific sectors of the plastics industry.

You can achieve the New Zealand Apprenticeship in Plastics Processing Technology through a three-year programme. 

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Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

This qualification is designed for people already employed in senior manufacturing roles in the plastics industry, including Process Engineers, Product Designers, Technologists and Technical Managers.  Graduates of this qualification will be able to undertake a range of advanced activities related to product design, product processing, and fabrication and finishing without supervision.

NZQA qualification overview

This qualification is designed for people already employed in senior manufacturing roles in the plastics industry (e.g. Technical Managers). Graduates of this qualification will be able to analyse and resolve complex issues involving producing and developing plastics materials. They will also gain a range of transferable skills such as report writing, planning, financial management, and training others.

NZQA qualification overview