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.

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.

 

Contracted providers: 

St John

0800 785 646   │   Email: enquiries@stjohn.org.nz

Book discounted course

 

Vertical Horizonz

0800 723 3848   │   Email: info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz 

 

NorthTec

0508 237233   │   Email: enquiries@northtec.ac.nz

 

Interested in becoming a Skills Contracted First Aid Provider? 

There are certain criteria that your organisation will need to meet. Find out more.

First Aid Skills

Height Safety

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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.

 

Contracted providers:

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

0800 800 411    │    Email: sharonm@tpp.ac.nz

 

Vertical Horizonz

0800 723 3848   │    Email: info@verticalhorizonz.co.nz

 

BeSafe Training Ltd

0508 237233    │    Email: info@besafetraining.co.nz