On this page we’ll be looking at how you’ll split your time between learning on the job and at a training provider, what the different types of learning are like, where you can study, and how much it will cost you.
An apprenticeship to become an electrician normally takes around 3 1/2 years. Regularly working through your study and attending the off-job training will help you finish on time (or even earlier!).
The way your apprenticeship is structured means there's both on-job and off-job learning. If you have previously completed a pre-trade course, you don't have to go through off-job level 3 training. While the pre-trade course reduces your off-job training time, you will still need the rest of the time to learn all the on-job skills.
When you successfully complete all the requirements of your apprenticeship, you'll be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering Theory and Practice (Trade) (Level 4). You keep this qualification for life and it's your ticket to becoming a registered and licensed electrician.
There are two main components to your training as an apprentice:
On-job learning: This is the practical learning side of your apprenticeship where you get assessed on the tasks you do at work. A supervisor will teach you how to do things and make sure you learn how to do them correctly. You submit assessment sheets and evidence (e.g. photos and drawing plans) that prove you can do these tasks and this will give you credits towards your qualification.
Off-job learning: This is the classroom learning side of your apprenticeship where you’ll learn all the important theory that goes behind the work you do. You’ll do your off job learning with a training provider. The training can be done a range of ways, such as night classes, distance learning, or block courses, depending on the provider you’re with.
One of the best things about being an apprentice is that you’re earning while you’re learning. That means you don’t need to fork out for large student loans or work multiple jobs.
Even more good news: Since the New Zealand government is right behind getting people into trades, they help subsidise your training.
This apprenticeship doesn’t have a fixed cost because it’s based around competency. This means you finish when you can prove to your assessor that you can do the job. Because of this the cost is worked out “per week” and covers all your training. Here’s how it breaks down:
After the government subsidy, it will cost you $42 per week. If you’ve done a pretrade course* it will cost you $36 per week.
*You must have completed the New Zealand Certificate of Electrical Engineering (Level 3) to qualify for the lower weekly cost.
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