New Zealand Apprenticeships

Find out about workplace training under the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme.

Changes to apprenticeship programme:

As of 1 January 2018, the Modern Apprenticeships programme and other apprenticeship-type training was replaced by a nationwide scheme called New Zealand Apprenticeships.There are some key differences between the old and new apprenticeship schemes:

  • Unlike Modern Apprenticeships, which were designed for people between the ages of 16 and 21, New Zealand Apprenticeships will be available to anyone over the age of 16.
  • Under the Modern Apprenticeships scheme you could work towards a Level 3 national certificate, but under the New Zealand Apprenticeships programme you must work towards a minimum of a Level 4 national certificate.

Existing Modern Apprentices will continue to get the level of support and subsidy that they currently receive for the next four years, or until they finish their apprenticeship.

New Zealand Apprenticeship Organisations

Agriculture & Dairy Industry

Building & Construction Industry

Apprenticeship Training

Electrical Apprenticeships


Infrastructure ITO

NZ Transport Agency

Motor Industry


What does a New Zealand apprenticeship involve?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you will have to:

  • attend all courses that are part of the apprenticeship – these may be block courses, evening courses or day release classes, and are offered by a polytechnic or other education provider
  • complete off-the-job assessments, which are part of the polytechnic or private training establishment courses
  • complete on-the-job assessments, such as showing you can lay carpet, to gain your Level 4 national certificate.

Can I do a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

To become a New Zealand Apprentice you need to:

  • make sure the industry that you’re interested in offers New Zealand Apprenticeships
  • meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeship. This varies by industry, so you’ll need to check with the relevant industry training organisation (ITO) to find out more.
  • Step-by-step guide to becoming a New Zealand Apprentice
  • TEC website – check the NZ Apprenticeships register to see what types of apprenticeships are available

What are the benefits of a New Zealand Apprenticeship?

As a New Zealand Apprentice you:

  • can earn money as you learn
  • gain professional and practical skills
  • gain one or more Level 4 national certificates, depending on the programme and industry you are in.

What does a New Zealand Apprenticeship cost?

Your costs will be minimal. Course fees are kept down because New Zealand Apprenticeships are subsidised. However, you may have to pay for course-related costs for NZQA registration, training materials and the support from the ITO. New Zealand Apprenticeship fees vary and the best way to find out about them is to talk to your employer or ITO.

You may be eligible for a Reboot subsidy, which provides you with $1,000 for tools and off-job costs, or $2,000 if you are in a priority construction trade.

Apprentice Reboot information sheet

What qualification will I get?

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a Level 4 national certificate in the area you studied – for example, a National Certificate in Seafood (Level 4) or a National Certificate in Automotive Engineering (Level 4). Your qualification will take between two and four years to finish.

Find out more:

Careers New Zealand website

Other websites

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