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
Regularly working through your study and attending the theory courses will help you finish on time.
On-job and off-job learning
There are two main components to your training as an apprentice:
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.
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.
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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