How apprenticeships work

3 – 4 years

What is an apprenticeship?

A Competenz apprenticeship is a structured programme that combines practical and technical training. An apprenticeship takes 3-4 years to complete.

Anyone can do an apprenticeship

You just need to be 16 years of age or older and be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand residency and the right to work in New Zealand. Employees already working in your business without formal qualifications can have their skills formally recognised.

Keeping the costs manageable

Competenz receives government funding which subsidises the costs of apprenticeships for employers.

Elev8 training model

Elev8 is the name of the Competenz training model, under which training is arranged for employers who would like to upskill existing staff or hire new staff into an apprenticeship role. Here, the role of Competenz is to facilitate training for employers and support learners throughout their apprenticeship, including organising attendance at block courses, study groups or night school classes, if appropriate.


Skills for any industry
I’ve got an existing employee who’d make a great apprentice OR I’ve got the time and ability to recruit a great apprentice
I’d like to be my apprentice’s formal employer
My team and I will train the apprentice and we’ve got time and ability to coach and mentor them regularly and actively
Contact us about ELEV8 today