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
An apprenticeship to become a scaffolder normally takes around 2½ years. 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 side of your apprenticeship where you’ll learn important theory and practical experience in a structured learning environment away from your workplace.
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 $40 per week. This fee will now be covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) and will be paid by TEC until 31 December 2022. For more information on TTAF, click here.
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Height safety contracted providers
As a part of your training you may be required to do a recognised height safety course. Skills has a number of contracted providers, who can assist you with this height safety training.