Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) have been set up to oversee trades and there are 11 of them in New Zealand. These organisations usually require you to have an apprenticeship lined up with an employer before they put you into a training programme. In some cases, they do match up willing young workers with suitable employers.
Here is a list of the main ITOs and some of the trades they cover:
- BCITO – building & construction (carpentry, joinery, tiling, bricklaying, concreting, painting etc)
- Careerforce – aged care, disability, healthcare, mental health
- Competenz – general engineering, toolmaking, fabrication, machining, locksmith, furniture & cabinetmaking, forestry, manufacturing, transport, print & sign writing, food & beverage, butchery, bakery, textiles.
- Connexis – infrastructure industries (civil, energy, telco, water)
- HITO – hairdressing, barbering & beauty
- MITO – automotive (light & heavy), transport & logistics, industrial textile fabrication
- NZ Marine & Composites – boat builder, engineer, marine electrician, rigger
- Primary ITO – dairy, horticulture, seafood, fishing, equine
- ServiceIQ – hospitality, tourism, aviation, retail
- Skills Active Aotearoa – sport, recreation, exercise & performing arts
- The Skills Organisation – trades (e.g. scaffolding, roofing, plumbing, electrical), real estate, business management