One of the biggest costs for students looking to get into an Apprenticeship is the purchase of tools. To help offset these costs BCITO have created a Tools Grant for new apprentices who have engaged with them through myBCITO or BCATS. Applications for 2019 are now open. Application forms available online https://bcito.org.nz/scholarships-and-grants/mybcito-tools-grant/ or from the Careers Department.
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:
Find out more about workplace training under the apprenticeship scheme. https://www.careers.govt.nz/courses/workplace-training-and-apprenticeships/new-zealand-apprenticeships/ including current vacancies. ITOs (Industry Training Organisations) can employ you directly and organise employer placements. Check out:
A list of further ITOs can be found here: http://www.tec.govt.nz/teo/working-with-teos/itos/directory/
For further information on trades including tips and success stories visit https://gotatrade.co.nz/getatrade/
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 www.feesfree.govt.nz. You will need to enter your National Student Number (NSN).
Once you have entered your NSN, you’ll receive one of the following results:
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 feesfree.govt.nz .