Pre-trade training

Pre-trade training is an alternative to going directly into an apprenticeship. This is usually a Level 3 qualification which you study at a polytechnic, technical institute or through a private training organisation. This is a good option if you:

  • Do not feel ready to enter an apprenticeship or full-time employment.
  • Want to get some skills and build your confidence in a trade.
  • Cannot find an apprenticeship and want to make yourself more employable.
  • Want to start to gain a qualification relevant to your trade (some trades have a combination of Level 3 & 4 qualifications and also allow you to count the hours completed towards your apprenticeship).
  • Want to try out a trade before committing to it long-term.

Pre-trade courses

You are recommended to apply early to courses as they are popular, not just with school leavers. Here are some local providers of programmes:

  • UNITEC – carpentry, automotive, electrical, plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying, mechanical engineering
  • Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) – automotive, carpentry, scaffolding, bricklaying, electrical, mechanical engineering, plumbing, horticulture, refrigeration & air conditioning.
  • NZMA – carpentry, electrical, plumbing, gasfitting, painting, plastering
  • NZ Welding School – welding & engineering
  • Air New Zealand – pre-apprenticeship course in aeronautical engineering
  • ETCO – electrical pre-trade foundation course
  • Auto Super Shoppes Academy – accelerated 12 week automotive course

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