How specialist training works

Part of your apprenticeship with Skills includes booking specialist courses through external training providers.  This course cost is covered by Skills, however, if you are needing to resit these courses due to non-completion/failure or complete a refresher course, you will need to pay for this yourself. 

Please be aware that some apprenticeship programmes will have these courses incorporated into them and you won’t need to book them separately.  Check your Welcome Email to see what courses you need to book.

What you need to do:


  1. Check your Welcome Email from Skills. This will tell you what courses you need to book.
  2. Call your chosen training provider from the listed providers below and book your course.
  3. Make sure you tell them you are a Skills apprentice. This means that Skills is billed for your course.


First Aid

Trades required to complete this course:  Electrical, Plumbing, Gasfitting, Drainlaying, Roofing, and Scaffolding. You need to ensure you choose a First Aid course with all three unit standards: 6401, 6402 and 6400.


Contracted providers: 

St John

0800 785 646   │   Email:

Book discounted course


Vertical Horizonz

0800 723 3848   │   Email: 



0508 BE SAFE   │   Email:

First Aid Skills

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Trades required to complete this course:  Roofing, Scaffolding


Contracted providers:

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

0800 800 411



Vertical Horizonz

0800 723 3848



BeSafe Training Ltd

0800 333 899