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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 if it is booked within the first three months after you sign up to the apprenticeship. However, if you are needing to resit these courses due to non-completion/failure/non-attendance or need to complete a refresher course, you will need to pay for this yourself.

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.

If you do not hold a first aid certificate, or you hold one but it is expired, you must complete a First Aid course.

If you have a current first aid certificate and the units are listed on your NZQA Record of Learning you are not required to do this course, but it is a great opportunity for you to update your first aid knowledge. In this event, your employer will decide if they want you to do the First Aid course or not.

We recommend the apprentices complete the First Aid training before doing the Height Safety and Confined Spaces courses.

Book your First Aid training with one of the providers listed below.

Links Training

(Manawatu/Wanganui)

St John

Click here to book discounted course online and please tick the box “I want to receive NZQA credits”

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First Training

Besafe Training

Interested in becoming a Skills Contracted First Aid Provider?

There are certain criteria that your organisation will need to meet, click here to learn more.

Height Safety

Trades required to complete this course: Roofing, Scaffolding

If you do not hold the Height Safety units, you must complete a Height Safety course.

If you already holds the Height Safety units (23229 and 15757) when you begin your apprenticeship, you are not required to do the training again. However, we encourage you to take this opportunity to update your height safety knowledge. In this event, your employer will decide if they want you to do the Height Safety course or not.

Book your Height Safety training with one of the providers listed below.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

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BeSafe Training Ltd

Confined Spaces

Trades required to complete this course: Plumbing, Gasfitting, and Drainlaying. You need to ensure you choose a Confined Spaces course with these two unit standards: 18426 and 17599.

If you have these units are listed on your NZQA Record of Learning you are not required to do this course. We recommend the apprentices complete the First Aid training before doing the Height Safety and Confined Spaces courses.

Book your Confined Spaces training with one of the providers listed below and say you are an apprentice from Skills and need unit standards 18426 and 17599.

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Safety’n Action