Apprenticeships combine hands-on work with theory training to help a worker become skilled in a particular trade.
An apprenticeship is an excellent way for you to gain qualifications, while learning on the job and earning a wage. An apprenticeship will provide you with the first step in a chosen career path, along with the opportunity to develop and progress to higher levels.
Theory training can be classroom based, within a workshop, at a workplace, or through self-directed learning. This will depend on on the Industry Training Organisation you have enrolled with.
An Industry Training Organisation (ITO) is part of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector. They work with people who are learning a trade or skill, via an apprenticeship. See a list of ITOs here.
Information on Training Wage
As an apprentice, depending on your age, you may be paid the training wage/starting out wage whilst you are learning.
The training/starting out wage is paid to any employee who is studying at least 40 credits a year on an industry training programme. You still have the same rights and protections under employment laws as any other employee. More information here.
When you have an apprenticeship, you are employed directly by an employer or a managed apprenticeship organisation. At the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce we often have employers keen to have Year 12 or 13 students for work experience and in some cases this can lead to apprenticeship opportunities. Get in touch with us if you want more information.
In addition to apprenticeship funding, there are also options for fees-free study with the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)
Fees free funding is available from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022. This funding does not affect your fees free eligibility, which you can still use for future study.
This fund covers study in apprenticeships and a wide selection of level 3-7 sub-degree programmes such as primary industry, construction, community support, manufacturing, electrical engineering, road transport (vehicle operations) and a lot more. See more information and a full list here.