New Zealand Apprenticeships

Find out about workplace training under the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme.

What are the benefits of a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you can:

  • earn money as you learn
  • gain professional and practical skills
  • gain one or more Level 4 national certificates, depending on the programme and industry.

What does a New Zealand Apprenticeship involve?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you will have to:

  • attend all courses that are part of the apprenticeship, including block courses, evening courses and day release classes. These may be offered by a polytechnic or other education provider
  • complete off-the-job assessments that are part of the polytechnic or private training establishment courses
  • complete on-the-job assessments, such as showing you can lay carpet, to gain your Level 4 national certificate.

Can I do a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

To become a New Zealand Apprentice you need to:

  • make sure the industry that you're interested in offers New Zealand Apprenticeships
  • meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship. These vary, depending on the industry, so check with the relevant industry training organisation (ITO) to find out more.

What does a New Zealand Apprenticeship cost?

New Zealand Apprenticeship fees vary, and the best way to find out about them is to talk to your employer or ITO. However, fees are generally minimal as apprenticeship courses are subsidised.

You may have course-related costs for NZQA registration, training materials and support from the ITO.

What qualification will I get?

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a Level 4 national certificate in the area you studied. For example, a National Certificate in Seafood (Level 4) or a National Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4).

Your qualification will take between two and four years to finish.

Changes to apprenticeship programme

In January 2014, the Modern Apprenticeships programme and other apprenticeship training was replaced by the nationwide New Zealand Apprenticeships.

Differences between the old and new apprenticeship schemes include:

  • Modern Apprenticeships were designed for people between the ages of 16 and 21, but New Zealand Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16.
  • Under the Modern Apprenticeships scheme you could work towards a Level 3 national certificate, but under the New Zealand Apprenticeships programme you must work towards a minimum of a Level 4 national certificate.

Existing Modern Apprentices will continue to get the level of support and subsidy that they currently receive until the end of 2017, or until they finish their apprenticeship.

Updated 16 Jan 2017