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

So, what does Skills do?


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.


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.


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

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Speedmeets 2021

Speedmeet 2021Looking for new talent for your business? Skills is looking for employers in our industries to participate in the 2021 Got a Trade? Got it Made! Speedmeet events. It's the perfect opportunity to meet talented and motivated secondary school students who...

Why your contact centre team deserve extra recognition this year

Contact Centre  Why your contact centre team deserve extra recognition this year.   If there’s one thing the last 15 months has taught us, it’s that human connection is so important. And this sentiment extends to your customers. With life increasingly driven...

Invitation from Te Pūkenga to have your say

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Workforce Development Councils filling governance roles

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Real Estate Qualification Review and Redesign Update

Real Estate Qualification Review and Redesign UpdateWe've reached an important milestone in the review of the real estate qualification suite - NZQA has approved the new Level 5 and Level 6 Real Estate qualifications. The Real Estate qualification suite will now cover...

ROVE governance roles in progress

ROVE governance roles in progress New Workforce Development Councils formally establishedOn May 13th, the six Orders in Council to establish the new Workforce Development Councils were published to the New Zealand Gazette. The Orders will come into effect in 28 days’...

Te Pūkenga to offer face-to-face updates in June

Te Pukenga planning visits Face-to-face updates coming in June Te Pūkenga is planning to conduct a series of face-to-face updates in June. Also known as the New Zealand Insitute of Skills and Technology, Te Pūkenga is a public network of regionally accessible...

Consultation on Supervision of Trainees to close 14 May

Consultation on Supervision of Trainees closing soon 1 April 2021 - 14 May 2021 Currently, the terms and conditions require that Certifying Practitioners who supervise Trainees holding Limited Certificates must ensure that the Trainee works in their direct presence,...

Enrolments Now Open for New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4)

Enrolments Now Open New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4) The New Zealand Certificate in Industrial Rope Access (Level 4) provides the Industrial Rope Access Industry with an intermediary level nationally recognised qualification. This is the...

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...

Jackie Mason -Do what you feel you can do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

“Do what you feel you can do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If you feel like you can do it, you will always be able to succeed.” Jackie Mason has lived her life with this family motto in the front of her mind no matter what life has thrown at her.One thing...