For employers

Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

How we work with you

We partner with industry associations like the Furniture Association 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.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the furniture industry and the skills learners and businesses need

Qualifications available

Competenz offers apprenticeships in furniture finishing or furniture making that currently incorporates the Level 3 and Level 4 National Certificates in Furniture.

The purpose of this apprenticeship programme is to provide the furniture industry with individuals who have attained sufficient competencies and capabilities to work in the industry and help advance in the furniture industry.

As a graduated apprentice, you will be capable of operating at an advanced level with no supervision.

Other training options include completing just a single level National Certificate. 

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the furniture industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to work safely as a new entrant in the industry.

Graduates will be able to meet workplace safety requirements and use basic knowledge and techniques under general supervision in a furniture industry workplace.

This is an entry-level qualification, designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to enter the industry in an entry-level role.

The strands recognise entry level skills in Cabinetmaking, Furniture Finishing, or Upholstery.

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the furniture industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to work as operators in the industry.

Graduates will be able to provide input into workplace safety, work within furniture production systems and operate equipment efficiently under limited supervision.

This qualification is designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to enter the industry as an operator.

The strands recognise operational skills and knowledge in Cabinetmaking, Furniture Finishing, or Upholstery.

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the furniture industry with tradespeople who have advanced operational knowledge and skills and the ability to supervise operations and make improvements in the areas of Cabinetmaking, CNC, Furniture Finishing or Upholstery.

This qualification is designed for people already working in the industry.

The strands recognise the specialist skills and knowledge required of a cabinet maker, a furniture finisher, a furniture upholsterer, or for the set up and control of CNC machinery in the furniture industry.

NZQA qualification overview