Laundry

Laundry

Clean linen – everyday. Where would our tourism, hospitality, medical and aged care sectors be without it?

Careers information

What do they do?

Laundry and drycleaning workers operate specialist equipment to launder and dryclean a wide range of items from personal clothing to bulk hotel linens. They use a wide range of machinery and understand how to sort, dry, finish and pack laundered items.

Typical day

Typically, 8-10 hour work days which can involve shift work. Usually factory based, tasks include setting up, calibrating, diagnosing and repairing textile manufacturing equipment and communicating technical information to operators.

How could I get into the industry?

You can join from school, with NCEA passes, or move into the industry from another manufacturing industry.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• English or Media Studies or History

• Maths or Accounting or Economics 

• Sciences or Workshop Technology

Attributes

• Confident communicator

• Good at precision work

• Good work habits/time
management

Helpful experience

• Customer service or helping people

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (retail/shop/etc...)

• Inside (workshop or plant)

• One place every day

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

1 - 2 years experience

$55k - $65k

 

Icn Money

5 years experience

$65k - $80k

Career Pathway

School Entry level jobs Advancing jobs Senior jobs

NCEA Level 2 Maths and English are useful

Laundry Processor

Drycleaning Production Assistant

Drycleaner

Team Leader

Quality Manager

Production Manager

Business Manager

Operations Manager

Business Owner

Unit/Achievement standards in schools Traineeship Higher learning Higher learning

Industry facts

  • 600+ laundry and dry cleaning services across the country

  • 4,500 people employed in these industries

  • The sector is dominated by three large players, Spotless, Apparel Master and Alsco.

  • The laundry and dry cleaning sector is growing. Hoteliers, rest homes and hospitals are increasingly trusting dedicated commercial laundry providers to keep their linen clean.

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations and members of your industry to help build skilled employees. We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and celebrate your learners’ success.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

What's changing?

New Zealand Certificates are replacing National Certificates. The industry and New Zealand Qualifications Authority will recognise all New Zealand and National Certificates as valid, relevant qualifications. Our Competenz account managers will work with companies and learners to help learners complete the appropriate qualifications.

How has the industry been involved?

Members of the industry have recommended the structure and content of the new qualifications. 

The New Zealand Certificates are now available for learners to study towards. They will replace the National Certificates over the next few years.

If learners...

Then...

Are part way through a National Certificate

Our Competenz account managers will review learners’ progress and confirm the appropriate way forward for each learner.

Have not yet started their qualification 

They will enrol in the New Zealand Certificate.

Have completed  a National Certificate 

They will not need to enrol in the new qualification. The industry continues to recognise National Certificates as valid, relevant qualifications.

 Our Competenz account managers will work with companies and learners to help them understand what they need to do to complete the appropriate qualification.

New Zealand Certificates

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The programme handbook summarises the New Zealand Certificates and how to work towards them. 

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About this qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the laundry industry with people who have the skills and knowledge needed to work as laundry processors in both small and large commercial laundry operations or in in-house laundries (e.g. as part of residential care and hospital facilities.)

Graduates will be able to work safely to prepare, process and dispatch laundry as part of a team. They will work under the general supervision of a supervisor or team leader, and follow procedures.

The extra skills and knowledge involved in working in washrooms in a laundry operation are included as an optional strand. This strand is intended for organisations that restrict access to washrooms in accordance with their operating procedures.

Who this qualification is intended for

This qualification is for new entrants to the laundry industry. It also recognises the specific technical skills and knowledge of people already employed as laundry processors.

About this qualification

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the drycleaning industry with drycleaning production assistants and drycleaners who have the skills and knowledge needed to work in both small and large drycleaning operations.

Graduates will be able to work professionally with clients and team members, under limited supervision and in accordance with organisational procedures.

Who this qualification is intended for

This qualification is suitable for people new to the drycleaning industry. It also recognises the specific technical skills and knowledge of people already employed in roles as production assistants or drycleaners.

Competenz is not currently offering a training programme for the drycleaning qualification. If your business is interested in this qualification, please contact your account manager.