Rotorua | New Zealand

Trades and the Government’s 2020 budget:

Fee-free vocational education and training now available in the industries experiencing high-demand for workers, including all
apprenticeships. These are for qualifications at certificate and diploma level. Read more about it here:


BCITO has created an Instagram for school students. Please follow for competitions, updates and advice on all things building and construction especially throughout the lock down. A fun way to share their work.          Click here for myBCITO Instagram. 

Construction Tycoon

Last year Construction Tycoon was launched with a large uptake. It is a great game that immerses you in the process of creating your own Construction Company with logistics, worksite safety, and financial management. Click here for Construction Tycoon.

Virtual School Visits

We are currently putting together a webinar for teachers and your students. If you or your school are interested in being involved in one of our webinars please contact us and vote on the survey below. 

Success stories in the Trades

Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship Vacancy:

Leaving school soon? Good at making things and solving problems? Employers seek these attributes when they looking to hire an apprentice:

  • Practical, hands-on skills
  • NCEA Level 2 in Maths and English
  • Willing to learn on the job
  • Hold a current Full or Restricted NZ Driver Licence

Find out more about workplace training under the apprenticeship scheme. including current vacancies. ITOs (Industry Training Organisations) can employ you directly and organise employer placements. Check out:

  • ATT: plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying and electrical
  • MITO: for apprenticeships in automotive, transport, logistics, industrial textile fabrication and extractive industries.
  • Masterlink: plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying, and roofing
  • ETCO: electrical
  • ATNZ: fabrication and maintenance engineers, fire protection and locksmithing
  • BCITO: Building and construction apprenticeships like joinery, brick laying, carpentry, concreting, exterior plastering, flooring, frame & truss, glass, interior systems, kitchen & bathroom, painting & decorating, resin flooring, stonemasonry, tiling). Here is the link to register to myBCITO – the perfect digital toolkit resource to help students get work ready for an apprenticeship in building and construction. Sign up and create your portfolio. See how it works here.
  • Competenz: Apprenticeships in Baking, Engineering, Furniture making, Butchery, Print, Packaging, Fabrication, Sign-making and Forestry. View the Competenz job board now. 
  • View the ATNZ job board for apprenticeships in: Automotive, Engineering, Print and Packaging, Plastics and Engineering.
  • Primary ITO: For Agriculture – Dairy, Meat & Wool, Forestry, Horticulture, Aquaculture and Fisheries.

A list of further ITOs can be found here:

For further information on trades including tips and success stories visit

What’s better than getting paid to get qualified? Having your fees paid for you too!

The Government’s free fees policy applies to all tertiary study including apprenticeships and industry training. However, there are eligibility criteria for both the learner and the apprenticeship they are enrolling into, so not every new apprentice will be able to access fees-free training.

From 1 January 2018, industry training is fees-free for eligible first-time learners and apprentices enrolling in eligible programmes beginning in 2018 or 2019 for up to two years. You can begin your training at any time in 2018 or 2019 and be eligible for the next 24 months fees-free. 

The easiest way to find out if you are eligible for fees-free industry training is to use the online eligibility tool at You will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN).

Once you have entered your NSN, you’ll receive one of the following results:

  • Yes – you are eligible for fees-free.
  • No – you aren’t eligible for fees-free.
  • Unknown – The TEC is unsure if  you are eligible for fees-free.
  • 2018 starter – you are eligible, and have been reported as undertaking study and/or training in 2018.

If you have an unknown eligibility status but you meet the eligibility criteria, you need to complete and submit a statutory declaration before the TEC can recognise you as eligible for fees-free. Please do this as soon as possible – instructions for completing the statutory declaration form are at .

If you don’t know your NSN, you can ask your school or contact NZQA on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.