An apprenticeship is a commitment between an apprentice (the student), Unitec (the trainer) and an employer (the mentor). When you undertake an apprenticeship, you'll combine study with practical work experience. You'll need to complete a set number of hours of theory and practice to become qualified and registered in your trade.

Because employers need staff who can apply a variety of solutions to often complex situations, you need to have a good understanding of maths, English, physics and science to be an apprentice in today's world.

How does Unitec prepare me for an apprenticeship?

Unitec offers two types of training:

  • Pre-apprenticeship programmes and
  • Apprenticeship programmes

In pre-apprenticeship programmes, Unitec prepares you for an apprenticeship or traineeship by providing the foundational training you need for the trade. Employers usually prefer to employ people into an apprenticeship who have preparatory training.

Apprenticeship programmes are for those who have already entered into an apprenticeship arrangement with an employer. These programmes are usually necessary to be able to gain the required registration to be a trade practitioner (e.g. a qualified registered builder).

Why Unitec?

Unitec’s pre apprenticeship programmes are closely developed with direct input from the relevant trades industries, so you can be sure that the skills and knowledge you gain from our training is what employers are looking for.

We offer managed apprenticeships. This means that you’ll be in workplace-based training leading to qualifications and we make sure that your apprenticeship is on track throughout your apprenticeship study. 

You learn from industry-experienced lecturers in a supportive, structured environment on a campus that is equipped with excellent facilities to provide you with the necessary hands-on practical and theoretical training.

We can prepare you for your apprenticeship in these areas: