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New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gas-fitting and Drainlaying - Level 4

The New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gas-fitting and Drainlaying Level 4 Apprenticeship programmes will now be managed by the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) run by Skills

Skills supports key trade sectors such as plumbing, gas-fitting and drainlaying to ensure that apprentices are equipped with the right kind of skills to meet the needs of industries and employers. 

This change is a result of the Government’s reform of vocational education and the establishment of Te Pūkenga which brings together our country’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (including Unitec), along with Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), to create a national network of integrated learning in Aotearoa that better meets the needs of learners, their whānau, employers and the community.

Many Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), which have been responsible for arranging training for learners in the workplace, will also transition to Te Pūkenga.

If you would like further information about a managed apprenticeship in Plumbing, Gas-fitting and Drainlaying, including how to apply, please visit the Skills website or call 0508 754 557.

Good luck with your apprenticeship!

What you need to know 

Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions, along with contact details if you need further help


I’m a new applicant starting at Unitec this year, but I haven’t enrolled yet. What do I need to do?

You don’t need to start your application process again. Over the next few weeks, Unitec will transfer your application to Skills’ ITO (Please note that Unitec will only share information relevant to your enrolment transfer). Skills will contact you to arrange any paperwork you need to complete.


I’m a newly enrolled Unitec student? What do I need to do?

  • You don’t need to apply or enrol again with Skills’ ITO, but you and your employer will need to sign the Skills Training Agreement and Programme Schedule (see below).
  • Over the next few weeks, your enrolment will be transferred to Skills’ ITO, and they will manage your apprenticeship. (Please note that Unitec will only share information relevant to your enrolment transfer). Skills will contact you shortly to arrange any paperwork you need to complete 

I’m an employer and I have a new apprentice starting the course at Unitec this year. What do I need to do?

  • Programme Schedule. Skills’ ITO will contact you to arrange the paperwork you need to sign.
  • Your apprentice doesn’t need to apply again with Skills’ ITO.

I’m an employer and I have a new apprentice who has started the course at Unitec this year. What do I need to do?

  • You and your apprentice will need to sign the Skills Training Agreement and Programme Schedule. Skills’ ITO will contact you shortly to arrange the paperwork you need to sign.
  • Your apprentice doesn’t need to enrol again with Skills’ ITO.

I’m an employer and I have a new apprentice who has started the course at Unitec this year. What happens to the apprentice boost funds?

The first payment of boost funding has been arranged through Unitec New Zealand Limited. Your funding application will be transferred to Skills to receive further payments. Through this transition period, we’ll work closely with you, Skills, the Tertiary Education Commission, and the Ministry of Social Development, to limit any disruption to your boost funding


Does this change apply to other apprenticeships run by Unitec?

No, it only applies to The New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gas-fitting and Drainlaying Level 4 Apprenticeship programmes.  All other apprenticeships will continue to be run by Unitec.

 

If your question hasn’t been answered here, or if you require any further information, please contact Justin Wu, Skills Assistant Account Manager, email JustinW@skills.org.nz or 021 451 464.