Why train apprentices?

  • The training is industry relevant and accepted, as it has been designed by the industry, for the industry.
  • Training an apprentice will allow your company to meet current and future skill needs.
  • Increased workplace productivity and competitiveness.
  • Higher staff retention rate and lower turn-over.
  • Apprentices require less supervision as they acquire more skills.
  • Apprentice training success will have a positive influence on other team members and employees.
  • Higher decision making input.
  • Training creates a positive workplace culture.
  • Training enhances your company’s reputation. 
  • Training attracts potential future employees
  • Apprentices free up your trades-people for higher level work. 
  • Receive support from NZMAC ITO.
  • Demonstrates your commitment to training and staff development.

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The training process

1. Make a commitment to training an apprentice.
2. Make sure you have a suitably qualified and experienced workplace trainer.
3. Recruit an apprentice or select them from existing staff and negotiate an employment agreement.
4. Register the apprentice with the NZMAC ITO.
5. Receive support from NZMAC ITO Field Officers through mentoring, coaching and assessment services.
6. Apprentice is trained through a combination of on and off job training (block courses, self-directed study and study groups).
7. Apprentice graduates. Option to pursue further training.

How to recruit apprentices/what to look for in apprentices

When you’re looking for an apprentice there a few ways to go about it. Here are some methods you may want to consider:

  • Send us your job description and we’ll post it on our vacancies page.
  • Advertise on your company website
  • Advertise on employment websites like Seek, TradeMe etc.
  • Contact our Schools Transitions Advisor for help finding School to Work or Gateway Students.
  • Employee referral
  • People from other trades.
If you think you’ve found an apprentice, here are some things to look for:
  • A positive attitude, ability and willingness to learn.
  • Passion, enthusiasm and ambition.
  • Prior achievement (NCEA standards/other qualifications)
  • workshop and practical hand skills.
  • An open poositive personality conductive to team work.
  • Good oral communication skills.
  • Cultural fit within your company.
  • Good literacy and Numeracy skills, although NZMAC ITO can provide support in this area.
  • Reliability and time-keeping skills.
  • Future career goals.
  • Reference checks.

Download Our Employers’ Guide For Apprenticeship Training

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