Workplace and industry training contacts

Find out which industry training organisation (ITO) can help if you are interested in doing workplace training or securing a New Zealand Apprenticeship.

There are 12 ITOs in New Zealand. They cover a wide range of industries, including services, manufacturing and primary industries (such as agriculture), and trades.

What do ITOs do?

  • Help people get NZQA-recognised qualifications on the job.
  • Provide information and advice to trainees and their employers.
  • Develop and arrange education and training for their industry.
  • Arrange your assessments when you are training, and ensure you are getting high quality training.

Some ITOs may also be able to advise you about job vacancies in their industries.

Contact an ITO

Building and Construction ITO (BCITO)

This ITO covers 15 trades within the building and construction industry: architectural aluminium joinery, brick and block laying, carpentry, concrete, construction management, exterior plastering, flooring, frame and truss, glass and glazing, interior systems, joinery, kitchen and bathroom design, painting and decorating, stonemasonry and tiling.

BCITO website


This ITO covers the health, disability, aged care, mental health, social services, contract cleaning, caretaking and urban pest management sectors. 
Careerforce website


This ITO covers the engineering, manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, forestry, baking, butchery, refrigeration, heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, rail, maritime, locksmithing and fire alarms and protection systems industries.

It also covers the print, packaging, journalism, signmaking, plastics production, glass container manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing (excluding medicines) and paint, ink and resin manufacturing industries.
Competenz website


Connexis is the ITO for the infrastructure sector. It predominantly covers electricity supply and infrastructure roles.

Electricity supply includes: cable work, electrical, engineering practice, line mechanic distribution, line mechanic transmission, network/hydro operation and telecommunications.

Infrastructure includes: civil construction, civil engineering, civil engineering laboratory testing, contract management, first-line management, infrastructure asset management, horizontal directional drilling, pavement surfacing, procurement, roadmarking, rural contracting, surveying and utilities.

The ITO also covers contact centre, agrichemical application, health and safety and rural contracting roles.
Connexis website

Funeral Services Training Trust (FSTT)

This ITO covers the embalming, funeral directing and services industries.
FSTT website

Hairdressing ITO (HITO)

This ITO covers the hairdressing, barbering, beauty services and salon management sectors.
HITO website


This ITO covers the motor, transport, logistics, textile fabrication and extractive (oil and gas, drilling, mining and quarrying) industries. 
MITO website

NZ Marine and Composites ITO (NZMAC ITO)

This ITO covers boat building and related trades including composites, marine painting, rigging, boat trailer building and boat building foundation skills and marine sales and manufacturing.
NZMAC ITO website

Primary ITO

This ITO covers the agriculture, horticulture, equine, water and sports turf, dairy manufacturing, meat processing (excluding poultry) and seafood industries. 
Primary ITO website


This ITO covers the aviation, travel, tourism, museums, hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors of New Zealand's service industry.
ServiceIQ website

Skills Active Aotearoa

This ITO covers the community recreation, snow sports and coaching and fitness sectors.
Skills Active Aotearoa website

The Skills Organisation

This ITO covers the ambulance, contact centre, financial services, offender management, health and safety, public sector and local government and real estate and security sectors.

It also covers specialist trades including electrical, plumbing, roofing, drainlaying, gasfitting, telecommunications, cranes, scaffolding, rigging, elevating platforms and industrial rope access.  
The Skills Organisation website

Updated 9 Dec 2016