What you need to know
from August 2021

At 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


24 August 2021: What you need to know about your apprentice’s training in Alert Level 4 

Speedmeet events in Wellington, New Plymouth, West Auckland, Whangarei and Queenstown have been cancelled.


24 August 2021: What you need to know about training in Alert Level 4 


Block courses – all courses are suspended nationwide until at least 27th August

COVID Update: Trades Based Block Courses 


Confined Spaces and Height Safety

Option for Safety’n’Action trainees who were cancelled during lockdown is to complete Height Safety Advanced Hybrid or Confined Space & Gas Detection Hybrid via a theory webinar during lockdown, then complete the practical post lockdown. Please email enquiries to  about Hybrid option.


First Aid updates

Cancelled courses due to Alert level changes and lockdown

St John courses
If your course has been cancelled due to lockdowns, wait until Level 2, then email with your details with a new date you want to attend your First Aid course. St John will transfer your booking. Do not book a new course.

Red Cross courses
For courses cancelled by provider (that affect different level lockdowns), please reschedule by emailing so Red Cross admin team can rebook them.


We are here to help

We will keep you updated as much as we can. Please contact your Skills account manager if you have any questions or need more information. 

Looking after yourself

COVID-19 and tips for coping with uncertainty

Wishing you knew what to do in the face of COVID-19? You’re not alone? It’s a challenge facing for everyone in New Zealand.

Skills has partnered with Instep – a leading provider for mental health support in the workplace. They’ve created a great flyer with tips and advice to help you through these difficult times.

COVID-19 and guidance for leaders

COVID-19 makes leading a team challenging. As a leader, your job is to keep the business moving – but your team’s physical and mental health should be your first priority. We’ve pulled together some useful guidelines for you to help you navigate your team through the current climate.