Step-by-step guide to becoming a New Zealand Apprentice

Use this guide to get yourself into the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme.

Step 1: Choose your industry

Three builders on a construction site

Apprenticeship training is organised by industry training organisations
Image courtesy of BCITO

Decide what industry you are interested in and find the relevant industry training organisation (ITO). Apprenticeship training is organised by ITOs, and their websites have information about the different types of apprenticeships that they offer. Most ITOs offer New Zealand Apprenticeships.

Step 2: Contact the relevant industry training organisation

Check with the relevant ITO to find out if you can become a New Zealand Apprentice in the industry you are interested in.

The ITO will talk to you about what you want to do and can advise you on the entry requirements you need to meet.

Step 3: Find a job

Find a job in the industry you have chosen by looking through advertised job vacancies and speaking to family and friends. Check with potential employers to see if they are interested in taking on a New Zealand Apprentice.

Your ITO may also have information about job vacancies.

Step 4: Sign up for a New Zealand Apprenticeship

When you have found an employer who wants to take you on as a New Zealand Apprentice you usually sign two agreements with them: 

  1. Your employment agreement – your salary depends on the industry and apprenticeship that you choose, and any experience that you have.
  2. Your industry training agreement, which is part of your employment agreement. You develop this with your employer and the ITO. 

Step 5: Develop a training plan

Once you have signed your training agreement, your ITO will work with you and your employer to develop the best training plan for you. This will outline your on-the-job and off-the-job training, and will help you gain your qualification.

A bricklayer learning to mix cement is an example of on-the-job training. Off-the job training is likely to involve completing a relevant qualification at a polytech or other education provider. 

Your training plan is reviewed regularly by your ITO to see if you are on target or need help with anything.

Updated 10 Jan 2017