How do I get into an apprenticeship?

1.    You need to make contact with potential employers in the plumbing, gasfitting and/or drainlaying industry, and ask if they are willing to consider signing you up as an apprentice. We recommend that you try Seek or TradeMe Jobs. Note: employers usually require that you complete a 90-day trial period before you can be formally signed with them as an apprentice. Your employer can advise you how this applies.

2.    You and your employer will need to sign the tri-party agreement (i.e. 3-way apprenticeship contract) to confirm responsibilities between yourself, your employer and Unitec. This is a NZ requirement standard.

3.    You can then apply for one or a combination of the following apprenticeship programmes:

4.    Unitec will then work on completing the 3-way apprenticeship contract and process your enrolment into the programme.

5.    With successful enrolment into this programme, you’ll then be officially starting your apprenticeship.

Can Unitec place me in an apprenticeship?

No, we recommend that you contact employeers directly. Try Seek or TradeMe Jobs to search and apply for apprenticeships.  An apprenticeship is an agreement arranged between you, your employer and Unitec, however Unitec is not responsible for your work placement.

How long will an apprenticeship take?

From 2 years as a drainlayer to 5 years for plumbing, gasfitting and drainlaying combined.

What is the course delivery/timetable like?

We have flexible study options to accommodate your work, including night classes or block courses. Your schedule will be confirmed on your enrolment.

What if I'm already working in the industry?

If you've already set up an apprenticeship arrangement with an employer, you can continue to earn while you learn while studying one of these programmes in order to work towards your industry registration:

How can Unitec prepare me for an apprenticeship?

If you're just starting out and not ready to undertake an apprenticeship just yet, you can study the pre-apprenticeship programme New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3). This will equip you with the necessary skills to then begin working for an employer and complete the on-the-job training and study towards your qualification. Most employers in the plumbing, drainlaying and gasfitting industries prefer apprentices who have undertaken some form of study before starting work.

Can I gain cross-credits towards my apprenticeship?

Yes. If you have studied the pre-trade qualification New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying (Level 3), ask on application about cross crediting to the apprenticeship programmes.