Plumbing Apprenticeships

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Want to know more about how apprenticeships work?

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.

It’s quicker than you think to become fully qualified

You might want to be a drainlayer or a gasfitter, or maybe you want to do a combination of plumbing, gasfitting, and drainlaying. The different options take a varying amount of time. They take approximately:

Plumbing + Gasfitting + Drainlaying

Plumbing + Drainlaying

Gasfitting

Drainlaying

Regularly working through your study and attending the theory courses will help you finish on time.

Learning Structure – Plumbing + Gasfitting + Drainlaying or Plumbing + Drainlaying

There are four main components to your training as an apprentice:

  1. The learning and experience you gain on-job
  2. The Online learning modules you work through
  3. The Online assessments  you complete
  4. The practical block course you attend with a provider

During a normal working day you will gain practical and workplace skills under the direction of your boss or supervisor. Industry knowledge and theory will be gained when you work through your online learning modules and subsequently attend a provider for your off job practical assessments. These forms of learning are designed to be done side-by-side.

Learning Structure – Gasfitting or Drainlaying

There are two main components to your training as an apprentice:

  1. The learning and experience you gain on-job
  2. The practical block course you attend with a provider

During a normal working day you will gain practical and workplace skills under the direction of your boss or supervisor. Industry knowledge and theory will be gained when you attend block course modules and subsequently complete your on job assessments.

Training Providers

When you sign up, you’ll need to choose a training provider.

Below is a list of the training providers you can choose from.

Group Employment and Training Schemes

If you’re looking to get employed, Group Employment and Training Schemes are a great option. They will arrange for you to work with different companies for practical experience. Two great businesses to work with are Masterlink and ATT.

What does it cost?

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. After the government subsidy, it will cost you $54.20 per week.

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