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We’re your go-to partner for workplace training

Whether you want to grow your business, are planning for retirement, or just need an extra pair of hands, it’s important your staff get the quality training they need.

Taking on a trainee, or setting up a workplace training programme, can help you achieve your business goals. With over 25 years of experience, Skills is your go-to partner for workplace training.

Our Story 

Skills was founded in 1992 with the goal of helping New Zealand industries develop the standards and qualifications that would set people and businesses up for success. It all began with training up generations of NZ electricians. Now, 28 years later, we are part of Skills Consulting Group – a group of brands focused on workplace wellbeing, learning & development consulting, leadership & sales training and much more.

At the heart of Skills Consulting Group is growing people well through real-world, practical learning & development. Find out more about Skills Consulting Group and the people behind it below.

Our Senior Leaders

Find out more about the people behind Skills Consulting Group

Our Board

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Insights

Find out what we have been working on across industries and around the world.

So, what does Skills do?

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We set industry qualification standards

Skills is a standard setting body. This means we work with industry bodies to ensure that qualifications provide the right skills to employers and industry. We work closely with NZQA, meaning that our qualifications are nationally recognised.

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We help businesses train their staff

Looking to take on an apprentice or trainee? Thinking of upskilling your workforce with national qualifications?

We’ll walk you through the process, and help you decide what type of training is right for you and your business.

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We go the extra mile to support trainees

Learning can be difficult. We provide added support for trainees who have learning difficulties or who are not confident with numeracy and literacy.

We do what needs to be done to make sure that no one is disadvantaged.

Latest News & Case Studies

Building a great team with contact centre expert Kaye Kennedy

Building a great team with contact centre expert Kaye KennedyWith more than 20 years’ experience, Kaye Kennedy is a contact centre expert. As moderator and assessor of the New Zealand Certificate in Contact Centres (Level 3) version 2, she’s...

How contact centre qualifications can help drive your organisation forward 

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COVID trainee update – What you need to know about training in Alert Level 4

Once again, we see ourselves in extended Alert Level 4 to combat the new cases of COVID-19 in our community. Here is some key information to get you up-to-speed. What’s happening with block courses? We can confirm that all in-person block courses are suspended...

COVID employer update – What you need to know about training in Alert Level 4

Once again, we see ourselves in extended Alert Level 4 to combat the new cases of COVID-19 in our community. We understand that you will have questions about how this will affect your apprentices and their training. Here’s what you need to know: We can confirm that...

Update on Roofing learning while in Alert Levels 3 and 4

Latest update: 24 August 2021 While in lockdown, below is an outline of what you can do to continue your learning:   ROOFING On-jobs for the year level you are studying can be completed (packs sent out yearly – Y1, Y2, Y3). If trainees want to move ahead with...

Update on Scaffolding learning while in Alert Levels 3 and 4

Latest update: 24 August 2021 While in lockdown, below is an outline of what you can do to continue your learning:   SCAFFOLDING All scaffolding on-jobs can be completed if competent in the tasks. Account Managers will contact you to let you know what assessments...

Update on Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying learning while in Alert Levels 3 and 4

Latest update: 9 September 2021 For most areas outside of Auckland block courses with your provider will recommence from the 20th September.  You will receive email and text notification of block course date changes. While in lockdown, below is an outline of what you...

Update on Electrical learning while in Alert Levels 3 and 4

Latest update: 24 August 2021 While in lockdown, below is an outline of what you can do to continue your learning:   ELECTRICAL – NATIONAL CERTIFICATE (OLD QUAL) 1. All outstanding off-job units can be done online via E-tec. Trainees have been allocated and...

COVID – What you need to know August 2021

COVID-19 What you need to knowfrom August 2021At Skills, we are closely monitoring the COVID situation and its impact on all our Skills family – our trainees, our employers, our assessors and our staff. Last Updated: 30 August 2021 Trades Updates Employers 24 August...

COVID update trades based block courses – August 2021

COVID-19 Update Trades based block courses and updatesfrom August 2021Trades based block courses and impacts due to COVID-19 Last updated: 14 October 2021 We want to keep you informed on what is happening with your scheduled block courses and classes and how this will...

Joe Kelly—Young Electrician Works to Improve an Industry

The trades are a powerhouse of know-how, and Joe Kelly is determined to help electricians take pride in their profession.   Being an agent of change is a hands-on job, but Joe and Kim Kelly of Coastal Connections are more than up to the challenge. The couple has...

Overcoming Obstacles- It Takes a Village

“You can’t judge a fish’s intelligence by how well it can climb a tree.” To Matthew Taylor, hearing those words from his Skills case manager were just the push he needed to keep at his apprenticeship. Matthew had been battling more challenges that most – having gone...

Rebecca Banks – Crane Operator finds her place and continues family legacy

There’re a few conversations going around about university relevance and the benefits of learning on the job that have school-leavers thinking twice about their options. As an apprentice or trainee, you can land a job in your chosen industry and earn while you learn....

Kurt Douglas – How a young man, going nowhere, turned his life around.

Kurt Douglas’s story is truly inspirational. How a young man, going nowhere, turned his life around. He took on a trade and then scaled the heights. Literally. The trade was scaffolding. And now Kurt has progressed from being ‘on the tools’ to senior management.The...

James Baxter – From Engineering Student to Plumbing Apprentice

James Baxter sounds like a model employee who’s got his work/life balance just about right.He likes what he is doing and knows where he’s going. But there were a few changes he had to make along the way.At school James was good at the more academic subjects. “Not so...

Rising Through the Ranks at Mercury

When Caterina Berimballi began her role in the contact centre at Mercury four years ago, she had no idea that within a year she’d be promoted to Senior Customer Service Representative (CSR) and then, two years later, to Quality Administrator. But that’s exactly what...

Liam Collis – From ‘Sparky School’ to Tradie Tools

To be an excellent electrical tradie, it’s important to know more than just the tools of the trade. You also need to be a good communicator. That’s how Liam Collis sees it.Liam, who has been an electrical apprentice at HLS Limited in Auckland since October last year,...

Harrison West – Dyslexia No Obstacle for Plumbing ‘Rockstar’

Harrison West has been a plumbing apprentice for just over two years - but his boss, Dave Henderson from Quix Commercial, says he’s already a rockstar performer. So much so, Harrison has already been promoted to Junior Foreman. What’s particularly impressive about...

Sainila Tagi – Electrical Apprentice on Track for the Future

Look ahead 10 years from now and, if Sainila Tagi has his way, he and three of his brothers will be running a full-service family-owned construction company.With one brother in the building industry, another in plumbing, a third a qualified architect and Sainila on...

Connor Deeley – Apprentice blows everyone away at Roofing Games and continues to aim higher

Exploring New Zealand’s North Island right from the bottom to the top is only a perk on the side for Connor Deeley, a Roofing Apprentice working at Turfrey. Not only has he been able to visit parts of the country he never thought of visiting before, he isn’t tied to a...