New Zealand Apprenticeships

Ngā Piatanga Aotearoa

Last updated 3 November 2016
Last updated 11/03/2016

Industry training organisations (ITOs) are responsible for arranging training for apprentices through New Zealand Apprenticeships.

New Zealand Apprenticeships provide a premier vocational pathway and quality support for all apprentices.

The detailed criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships are as follows:

  • an apprentice must be employed in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship, an apprentice must be supported by a training plan agreed by themselves, their employer, and the ITO arranging the training
  • New Zealand Apprenticeships will result in a level 4 New Zealand qualification, comprising a minimum of 120 credits (ensuring a strong theoretical component).

It is expected on completing New Zealand Apprenticeships, apprentices will be ‘work competent’ for the occupation in which they have been training, and their industries will determine the standard of competency to be met.

Support for New Zealand Apprentices

The Government expects all New Zealand Apprentices and employers to be well supported by their ITOs to achieve a high level of success in completing their apprenticeships.

ITOs need to make sure each apprentice receives pastoral support they need and that good communication with both the apprentice and employer is maintained.

New Zealand Apprenticeships are funded at a higher rate than industry training to ensure ITOs provide this level of support.

Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships

The Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships was developed in conjunction with apprentices, employers and ITOs. It sets out the responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved in an apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the ITO.

Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships (PDF, 428 Kb). (Note: Printed copies are not available.)

 

Applying for the TEC's approval of New Zealand Apprenticeships

We have developed guidelines on our New Zealand Apprenticeships approval process for ITOs in consultation with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) :

Guidelines for the TEC's approval of New Zealand Apprenticeships (PDF, 113 Kb)

Template for the TEC's approval of New Zealand Apprenticeships (XLS, 15 Kb)


An ITO must have a NZQA-approved programme for each apprenticeship before we fund any enrolments.

 

Interim arrangements for apprenticeships

The following criteria will enable some industries to have New Zealand Apprenticeships where there is no level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits.

These will be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2018:

  • a learner must be employed as an apprentice in the occupation for which they are training
  • throughout the apprenticeship, the apprentice must be supported by a training plan agreed by themselves, their employer, and the ITO arranging the training
  • the apprentice must be enrolled in two or more qualifications totalling at least 120 credits, provided this includes only level 3 and 4 qualifications and at least 60 out of the total credits are at level 4.

New Zealand Apprenticeships from 2018

A review of the qualification requirements for New Zealand Apprenticeships will happen in 2017. The outcome of this review will inform the future qualification criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships.

Modern Apprenticeships

On 1 January 2014, the Modern Apprenticeships scheme was replaced by the New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme. There is a four-year transition (through to the end of 2017) to allow those Modern Apprentices still in training to continue with their current arrangements, including the support from their Modern Apprenticeship Coordinator.

For further information on Modern Apprenticeships please email: industry.training@tec.govt.nz

Information for apprentices

We approve all New Zealand Apprenticeships and maintain a register. To find out what apprenticeships are available, and which ITO to contact, refer to the New Zealand Apprenticeships Register.

New Zealand Apprenticeships Register (updated May 2017) (XLS, 708 Kb)

 

Accessing your apprenticeship completion record

If you completed your apprenticeship before 1993 we might be able to provide a record of completion for you from the Register of Apprentices. Details of apprenticeships completed after 1993 are likely to be held by the respective ITO instead.

To request a record of the completion of an apprenticeship, fill in the Request for Apprenticeship Record form (Word, 62 Kb) and email it, with a photocopy of your identification, to sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz or send it to:

Tertiary Education Commission

PO Box 27-048

Wellington 6141

Logo and certificates for New Zealand Apprenticeships

We have created guidelines for using the New Zealand Apprenticeships logo. The logo must only be used for New Zealand Apprenticeships funded through the Industry Training Fund. Refer to the logo use guidelines for more detail:

New Zealand Apprenticeships logo use and certificate creation (Word, 56 Kb)

New Zealand Apprenticeships logo guidelines (PDF, 1.4 Mb)

The files are zipped into folders by logo type below. Each logo type is available in a range of file formats (eps, pdf, jpg, tif, ai) and sizes (small, medium, large) to make them compatible for printing or online use.

Note. The reference images are not suitable for use; you should only use the images in the zipped files. Please refer to the guidelines above for information on how and when to use the logos correctly.

 

Reference Image

Logo Zip Type and files to download

  Web small black logo

Black logo - both Print and Web format - all sectors (Zip, 1.8 Mb)

 NZA logo greyscale

Greyscale logo - both Print and Web format - all sectors (Zip, 1.8 Mb)

 NZA logo greyscale reversed

Greyscale reversed logo - both Print and Web format - all sectors (Zip, 1 Mb)

 NZA logo white reverse

White reverse logo - both Print and Web format - all sectors (Zip, 1 Mb)

 NZA logo construction and infrastructure

Construction and Infrastructure - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 3 Mb)

 NZA logo creative

Creative - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 3 Mb)

 NZA logo manufacturing and technology

Manufacturing and Technology - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 2 Mb)

 primary logo

Primary - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 2 Mb)

 NZA logo social and community

Services - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 2 Mb)

 Social and community

Social and Community - colour logo Print and Web format (Zip, 2 Mb)