Turn your passion into your career and start earning while you’re learning.


Once you’ve got the skills you’ll be in hot demand. With lots of work out there, apprenticeships and traineeships will set you up for the future. On-the-job training is tertiary education, like a university or polytechnic, but the learning and assessment happens in the workplace. And those workplaces are more high-tech and highly skilled than ever. So what are you waiting for? Get into it!

Finish your training with a job - not looking for one

Gain practical skills from day one

Be in demand with a nationally recognised qualification

Anyone can do an apprenticeship, there's no age restriction

Competenz can help you start your career in one of our industries, we'll then support you through your apprenticeship.

Heavy fabrication apprenticeship

Christchurch

For this apprenticeship you will need to have completed a recognised one year welding course and preferably have some work experience in welding and already know that it's what you want to do. If you can read drawings and use a tape measure then we'll be interested in meeting you. This is rugged structural fabrication and engineering so you'll need to be comfortable in a workshop environment and have high attention to detail as we have to get it right 100% of the time. An understanding and full respect of health and safety requirements in this industry and environment will also help set you up for success in this apprenticeship.

About us:

We're a well-established structural steel company which offers a complete construction solution ranging from detailing, fabrication to on-site erection. Operating from Christchurch for over 30 years, fabricating and erecting structural steel mainly for the commercial and industrial market. Diligence and attention to detail are key values for everyone from the Managing Director to the dedicated helper who constantly monitors the shop floor to provide a clean and safe work environment. Since we started we've been keen to take on apprentices and with our last one just completed we now have a vacancy for a new apprentice to come and join us.

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Agricultural engineering apprentice

Waipa District, Waikato

Our professional team of engineers are highly skilled, innovative and dedicated to providing top quality services. You'll need attention to detail at all stages of projects and a strong focus on customer satisfaction and finding solutions for each client’s requirements.
A lot of our work is outdoors and on site (not workshop based) so you'll need to be happy to work in that environment and be keen to get stuck in to a bit of everything. A relevant pre-trade course would be advantageous but we're just as keen to take on an apprentice who has the right attitude and wants to learn agricultural engineering.

About us:
We're a specialist team of engineers who have extensive experience in all facets of agricultural engineering design and implementation. Our engineering team is experienced in farm and rural community water reticulation, dairy effluent and wastewater treatment, agricultural and pastoral irrigation, land drainage and aquaculture systems design and construction. We are one of the leading national agricultural engineering technology companies in New Zealand, and have a reputation for successfully delivering innovative and customised engineering design solutions. Now looking for our next apprentice to come and join our highly skilled, innovative and dedicated team.

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Precision machining and toolmaking apprentice

Central Auckland

For this apprenticeship you'll need basic maths (multiplication) and trigonometry as you'll make calculations for using some of our machines. We can teach you this but you'll need to be willing to learn. All our work is in a workshop and we use computers to programme our machines so some degree of computer competency would also be a good start. There's a lot of communicating in our workshop so good communication skills will help set you up for success.

About us:
We're a well-established, modern machine shop specialising in the manufacture of precision-machined components and machine design and manufacture. We have extensive experience with stainless steel, titanium and alloys. We're an innovative company with highly experienced tradespeople and have made a point of training motivated staff to meet our standards in modern apprenticeships. We offer a clean and friendly working environment and are now looking to take on an additional apprentice who will be guaranteed lots of variety and interest as all our work is bespoke.

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Sheet Metal Fabrication Apprentice

Morningside, Auckland

An interest in engineering and sheet metal would get you off on a good start for this apprenticeship. You'll get to work across a variety of metal applications and although you'll mostly work in our workshop there will be some getting out on site at our customers.
An eye for detail, being good with your hands and working out how to makes things work will help set you up for success. You'll need to be punctual, self-motivated and a good communicator.

About us:

Like many innovative Kiwi businesses, we started from humble beginnings and as a family. Since then this family operation has expanded and we now have over 300 years experience between the current employees. We're an industry vanguard for stainless steel and steel fabrication projects covering residential, commercial, construction and furniture applications. We consider ourselves traditional and we enjoy taking on apprentices and teaching them all we know about our craft. We can offer great working conditions, excellent training support and you'll be part of our well established family oriented business.

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Hydraulic Technician Apprenticeship

Rotorua

This apprenticeship is all about variety - you'll get to manufacture parts, repair, assemble and test hydraulic and mechanical equipment. It will suit someone happy with that variety and change. It goes without saying that you will be passionate about an engineering apprenticeship, be willing to live our values as a team player, demonstrate honesty and integrity and be willing to embrace innovation. Customer service is very important to us and you'll need to ensure all customers are treated courteously and efficiently and be comfortable with some customer-facing tasks.

About us:

We were established over 50 years ago, and remain a 100% New Zealand owned specialist hydraulic, engineering and controls company. Our vision is to be the leading integrated hydraulic and controls supplier within NZ, and a preferred partner to organisations looking for high quality and reliability-focused solutions. Apprentices are important to our business, and our success, and we're now looking for a new intake at our Whangarei and Rotorua operations. Come and join us as an apprentice and enjoy our values of teamwork, respect for others, trust and integrity and innovation and knowledge.

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Hydraulic technician apprenticeship

Whangarei

This apprenticeship is all about variety - you'll get to manufacture parts, repair, assemble and test hydraulic and mechanical equipment. It will suit someone happy with that variety and change. It goes without saying that you will be passionate about an engineering apprenticeship, be willing to live our values as a team player, demonstrate honesty and integrity and be willing to embrace innovation. Customer service is very important to us and you'll need to ensure all customers are treated courteously and efficiently and be comfortable with some customer-facing tasks.

About us:

We were established over 50 years ago, and remain a 100% New Zealand owned specialist hydraulic, engineering and controls company. Our vision is to be the leading integrated hydraulic and controls supplier within NZ, and a preferred partner to organisations looking for high quality and reliability-focused solutions. Apprentices are important to our business, and our success, and we're now looking for a new intake at our Whangarei and Rotorua operations. Come and join us as an apprentice and enjoy our values of teamwork, respect for others, trust and integrity and innovation and knowledge.

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General engineering apprenticeship

Manukau, Auckland

A pre-trade course will help set you up for success in this apprenticeship but it's not essential. What is essential is being reliable, energetic and having a willingness to learn.

About us:

We're a small, friendly and long-established, family engineering business and we service the greater Auckland area. We carry out fabrication and installation to a very high standard for light to medium structural steel as well as machining, fitting, turning and welding. We enjoy sport so we produce sporting equipment such as goal posts and umpire stands. We are passionate about apprenticeships and passing on all we know, so come along and join us and kick-start your trade career. We guarantee variety and that no two days will be the same.

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Apprentice CNC operator and setter

Avondale, Auckland

You'll be computer literate and have the ability to read drawings. You'll also have a proven ability to work unsupervised and high level of attention to detail coupled with a methodical and careful approach to work. A clean drivers licence and the ability to clearly communicate are a must.

About us:

This is an exciting and varied apprenticeship, working with different products and machine types, with great career progression for the right person. You will be taught to set production lathes with live tooling, setting and operating production CNC milling machines, and assisting with prototyping on a 4 axis Haas mill. Some secondary operation work such as linishing (polishing) and countersinking will be required. We have a modern machine shop, where you will be working with a friendly team. Training will be provided in CNC programming.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Palmerston North

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fabrication and steel construction apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Otago

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fabrication and refrigeration and air conditioning apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Hawke's Bay

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fitting and machining, general engineering apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Wellington

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have general engineering, HVAC, fabrication, locksmithing and steel construction apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Marlborough

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fabrication and steel construction apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Rotorua

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fitting and machining apprenticeships available now.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Hamilton

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fitting and machining, fabrication and machining apprenticeships available now.

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Maintenance engineering apprenticeship

Pukemaori, Southland

A passion for vehicles and repairing them will set you up for success in this apprenticeship. You'll be punctual and happy to ask for help when you need it. Some experience with welding would be useful but is not essential. You'll enjoy hands-on work and fixing things. You'll be working either in a workshop or out in the field so you'll need to be happy to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.

About us:

We're an established, large rural transport company based in Southland and we're looking for our next apprentice. We pride ourselves on looking after our loyal employees and we reward hard work and initiative. Working with us will be varied as no two days are the same. We have a great reputation so you'll need to uphold our values, work ethic and demonstrate honesty and integrity.

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Metal fabricator apprentice

Arrowtown, Otago

While experience isn't essential you'll have a passion for all things metal and a basic knowledge of how to use tools - we're looking for someone who enjoys making stuff with metal. Creative and inquisitive will be what your friends and family know you as. It goes without saying that you'll be punctual and your honesty and integrity will be without question.

About us:

We specialise in bespoke metal work and produce a huge variety of all things metal from gates, to fire screens, to doors, handrails and fireplaces - if it's metal we can do it! We're a small dedicated team who are passionate about taking on learners and training them to produce creative metal solutions for our varied customers.

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Engineering apprenticeship (plastics)

Mt Wellington, Auckland

You'll have a strong understanding of English, both written and verbal and good literacy and numeracy to read and understand machine manuals and drawings. You'll have a willingness to keep learning and developing new skills and be committed to three to five years of study while you work. You'll have good interpersonal and communication skills and an awareness of health and safety. You'll be mechanically-minded and serious about achieving a trade qualification and starting a career.

About us:

We're a plastic packaging company with a focus on resilience, innovation and growth. Our vision is to enrich lives everyday through sustainable packaging solutions. As an apprentice you'll receive training on injection moulding and a diverse range of technical plastics production processes that are unique to the New Zealand industry. You will also have an opportunity to work through different business functions and learn diverse processes such as blow moulding, toolmaking and thermoforming and be supported by some fantastic mentors. Upon completion of your apprenticeship you will have a well-recognised qualification, which is fully paid for as well as earning while you learn.

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Apprentice mechanical fitter

Penrose, Auckland

You will have a genuine interest in mechanics, be technically minded, like working with your hands and be highly motivated to start a career in heavy industrial manufacturing. You must have sound verbal and written communication skills, understand the importance of safety at work, enjoy working in a team and have an excellent work ethic. It is also a must that you are self-motivated, reliable and have the confidence and ability to complete your studies. On commencement of your apprenticeship you must enrol in a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and progress through your training requirements as per your training plan. You may also be partially through your studies already and be looking to start learning more on-the-job or for a work environment where you can learn a broader set of skills

About us:

This is an exciting opportunity to start your career with a global leader in manufacturing in our Auckland plant as an apprentice mechanical fitter. We are currently recruiting for five apprentices. Throughout the apprenticeship you will learn how to perform a comprehensive range of mechanical maintenance activities in our large-scale manufacturing plant. You will be put on rotation through the various maintenance teams, be guided by highly skilled tradesmen and managers and receive extensive on-the-job training.

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Apprentice locksmith

Ellerslie, Auckland

You'll enjoy helping the general public and thrive on variety. You'll be adaptable, flexible and willing to roll-up your sleeves as we're a small team. You'll be highly inquisitive with a desire to get to know how stuff really works and looking for a long term trade.

About us:

We're a long established Auckland-based locksmithing company. We'll train you to cut keys, fit locks, make keys when there is no key, how to open every type of lock and about the future of electronic keys. We can promise that no two days will be the same as we cover domestic, commercial and automotive locks and we're always busy.

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General engineering apprenticeship

Hawke's Bay

We are the largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices in NZ and are looking for a mechanically minded individual who wants to start a career in mechanical engineering.

Training as a general engineer will give you a broad variety of engineering skills and knowledge. General engineers learn about fitting, machining, welding, maintenance, repair, hydraulics, pneumatics, and fabrication.

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Fitting and turning apprenticeship

Auckland

You’ll have some experience in the basics of fitting, turning, milling and/or welding. You’ll need to be punctual, enthusiastic, have a willingness to learn and be safety conscious. You’ll enjoy working in a small team and be part of a friendly, long established engineering company.

About us:

We can offer full training support from a qualified fitter/turner in a dynamic environment. If you're willing to learn - we can teach you. Great working conditions and you’ll be earning while you're learning.

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Engineering apprenticeships

Auckland

We're New Zealand's largest employer of mechanical engineering apprentices and we're on the lookout for mechanically minded individuals who are interested in starting a career in engineering. We have fitting and machining, general engineering, fabrication, HVAC, locksmithing and toolmaking apprenticeships available now.

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Furniture finisher

West Auckland

We're looking for another apprentice to join our small team and like the others you'll need to be able to follow instructions and a process so that we get the perfect quality finish for our customers. To start with you'll be in the paint department learning how to prepare and undercoat everything from kitchens to furniture and shop fittings. Some physical work is required so you need to be happy with that and you will have great listening skills. We offer a safe, family orientated environment where you'll get a great variety of work and a good grounding for an apprenticeship in furniture finishing and polishing.

About us:
We've been in business since 2004 and built the company from the ground up, bringing together over 30 years of experience in the industry. We pride ourselves on using the best techniques to achieve the perfect finish. We have a colour mixing bank on site, and our colour matching is done by hand to ensure the best possible match. We are a small company but have the facilities and experience to be able to handle jobs large and small. We can offer a personal level of service and our motto is ‘get the job done right – first time'. We're now looking for our next apprentice to share our passion for the perfect finish and to live our motto!

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Apprentice cabinetmaker

North Shore, Auckland

We're looking for an apprentice cabinetmaker who is willing to get stuck in and will be a good fit for our business. You'll have a genuine desire to be better than the rest and will do what it takes to get the job done. We're all highly motivated so we are at our best when working with a passionate team player. No two days will be the same so you'll need to be comfortable with change. Some relevant experience would be good but isn't essential. A good base knowledge of computers would be advantageous as at times you'll work with computer controlled machinery.

About us:

We're an innovative, passionate cabinetmaking company with a state of the art production facility and a genuine passion for the people who make the goods as much as the people who are buying them. We specialise in the mid to high end section of the market, mainly focusing on custom furniture, generally starting from the kitchen. You'll be building a huge variety of kitchens, furniture, shop fittings and just about anything else we get asked for. One thing we guarantee for our apprentices is that no day will be the same and you'll get to work in our workshop as well as out on site. Come and join us to kick-start your trade career in our strong, dynamic and positive team that embraces new technology.

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Furniture making apprentice

New Plymouth

In this apprenticeship you'll be learning the basics, doing everything from learning how to use tools, to sweeping the floors to sanding. As you progress you'll learn how to use machines for cutting, routing, dove tailing and onto working with CNC machines. We're looking for a self-starter whose passionate about furniture and happy to be hands-on. An eye for detail will help you be successful in this type of apprenticeship.

About us:

We're looking for our next apprentice to join our small, friendly team. We'll guide you through the huge variety of skills you'll gain while working with us in our modern and well-equipped premises. We are a family owned and operated business with a passion for creating beautiful furniture. Every piece of wooden furniture is made with care to exacting standards by our team of passionate furniture makers who take great pride in seeing a piece to completion. We work with private clients, architects and interior designers, producing skillfully manufactured furniture in a range of materials, timbers and finishes with careful attention to our client's particular requirements.

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Apprentice cabinetmaker

West Auckland

The cabinetmaker apprentice we are looking for will be reliable, a team player, have a good eye for detail, take pride in their work and have good communication and time management skills. While experience isn't necessary, a passion for crafting things and a basic understanding of using tools would be beneficial.

About us:

We are a client-focused cabinetmaking business specialising in, and providing solutions for customer built joinery and furniture for commercial, residential and hospitality projects. Our focus is designing and crafting to the highest standards. With owners who are craftsmen themselves, we have over 40 years combined knowledge and experience in delivering cabinetmaking. Our passion for teaching our apprentices continues and we are now looking for another apprentice to join our great team. 



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General manufacturing operator

General application

New Zealand needs productive, efficient and innovative workers to manufacture products for the world market. General manufacturing operators work in processing, production, assembly or distribution, usually in large businesses or factories. They can become highly skilled in their specific areas and there is room for advancement into team leader, supervisory and management roles.

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Apprentice butcher

North Shore, Auckland

Tradition’s an important thing to us here and old-fashioned principles like careful maturing, generous cuts and a warm welcome are what makes our meat so special and our service so different. Therefore you’ll need to be comfortable in a customer facing role and providing excellent service in our retail shop. To be successful with us, and in this apprenticeship, you’ll need to share our passion for excellence in offering high-quality, healthy food.

About us:
The blue and white butcher’s apron has been worn for hundreds of years, and historically a broad blue stripe has always been the mark of a master butcher. Those who wear it have earned their reputation through years of hard work, and we’re proud to carry on their skills today. By supporting apprenticeships we are able to carry on those skills and are now looking for our next apprentice to join our “world famous” family oriented butcher and gourmet sausage making business.

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Butchery apprentice

Hawke's Bay

Butchery can be quite physical so a good level of general fitness will help. You'll enjoy being busy and thrive on variety. This is a retail opportunity so you'll need to be willing to be customer facing and be flexible with your work time. No experience necessary as we are keen to teach you all you need to know about butchery and to steer you through your apprenticeship.

About us:

We're a traditional retail butcher in Napier and we've been here for many years providing butchery services to the local community. We're keen to keep up our tradition of taking on apprentices and now have an opportunity for someone new to join us and start their butchery career. As we're traditional butchers we can teach you all aspects of butchery so this will also be an excellent grounding for you and your future in this industry.

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Butchery apprenticeship

General application

Butchery is one of the world’s oldest and most respected trades. You need supreme skill and technique to deliver high quality products. Butchers are responsible for deboning carcasses, curing and smoking, and preparing cuts of meat and poultry for sale in a safe and hygienic way. Butchery requires strength and precision, but also customer service and presentation skills. Butchers work in supermarkets, local butcher's shops, large production plants or freezing works.

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Bakery apprenticeship

General application

From craft to commercial - baked goods are a key part of the Kiwi diet and require a mix of scientific and creative skills to maintain high standards. Craft bakers can work in small bakeries, patisseries, cafes, supermarkets and restaurants. They bake and decorate a range of food products.Plant bakers work in factories preparing and baking goods such as bread, biscuits, cakes and pastries. They use production machinery to safely and hygienically prepare large volumes of food.

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Signmaking apprenticeship

General application

If you want a career where you can get creative and use a variety of practical skills to produce a wide range of signage, signmaking could suit you. The signmaking industry is a diverse industry incorporating designing, building, painting, signwriting, applying graphics and installation. A career in signmaking allows you to get creative and use a variety of materials such as perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal, glass, and wood. Various methods are used to produce signs, for example computer-controlled routers for 3D lettering and shapes from various materials, cutting and applying lettering or digital imagery to panels, banners and vehicles.

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Packaging machine operator

General application

Packaging machine operators use specialist machines to create attractive, protective paperboard packaging for things like food, beauty products, household appliances and beverages. They also check that packaging meets specifications.

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Print apprenticeship

General application

If you enjoy getting creative, working with technology and producing a useful product, a career in the printing industry could suit you. Print designers/prepress operators design eye-catching printed material. Print machine operators work independently and in teams to produce many types of printed communications in different formats. Print finishers use a range of hand and machine skills to put the finishing touches on a printed product including gluing, stapling, folding, embossing and gold foiling.

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Forestry and logging worker

General application

98% of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests making this the ideal industry for the future. Forestry and logging workers plant, prune, measure, cut and clear trees from forests. They have good knowledge of trees and timber types, knowledge of tree pruning, felling, cutting and trimming methods, good mechanical operations skills (from chainsaws to heavy vehicles) along with firefighting, and health and safety skills.

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