An apprenticeship is a pathway to a lifelong career. You learn on-the-job, get paid and get qualified as a tradie.

Who should do an apprenticeship?

Anyone can do an apprenticeship. You just need to be 16 years of age or older. If you’re already working and have built up skills, you can have those skills formally recognised through a qualification.

To be considered for an apprenticeship, you have to: 

  • Be a New Zealand citizen/resident or
  • Be legally entitled to live and work in New Zealand for the duration of your training agreement period
  • Hold a current driver licence.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

The length of time depends on how quickly you can learn on your job with your employer and your overall commitment. The average time is between 3 to 4 years.

Do you need a job?

Apprenticeship training is learning on-the-job, so you have to be employed in your chosen industry to get started. If you're not already employed we can help get into a trades industry with our job board.

Are you already working?

If your current boss is interested in you becoming an apprentice, here's what to do…

  • Contact us using the chat bubble at the bottom right of the screen
  • Get assigned to a training advisor
  • Work with your training advisor to sign up and plan your career
  • Start on-the-job training
  • Study to pass your unit standards
  • Become a qualified tradie.

If you are still at school

There are lots of ways to get a head start on your apprenticeship and career.

  • Entry from school
    Students leaving secondary school are best suited if they have studied some of the following subjects; maths, English, science, workshop and design technology, physics, graphics, chemistry, or level 1 and level 2 engineering unit standards.
  • Entry through tertiary education
    A pre-apprenticeship course delivered by a polytechnic or a training company is an excellent way to begin a career, and employers recognise any related course of study undertaken at a this level. An achievement of 50 credits minimum is a good indication you will do well in an apprenticeship.