What it's really like on the job

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What's expected of you

As as an apprentice you'll be expected to:

  • start early or finish late (depending on the job)

  • work on large long-term projects or small repair jobs

  • travel to various job sites

  • work outside and inside

  • stick to deadlines

  • work in noisy or dirty conditions

  • work at heights or in confined spaces

  • follow health and safety guidelines

  • concentrate for extended periods of time

  • be accurate – other tradespeople rely on your measurements or quantities

  • work both on your own and as part of a team

  • listen and communicate well

  • be comfortable with tools and machinery

  • maintain your tools

Your employer is your teacher

You need your employer's permission to do an apprenticeship. Your employer will train you as you earn a wage working. They'll ensure your work is up to standard and make sure you master the skills you need to gain your professional qualification. Some employers may require you to do a trial period before they will take you on as an apprentice.

A good apprentice is:

  • motivated to learn

  • professional and reliable

  • determined

  • consistent

  • proud of their good work

Practical training with some bookwork on the side

When you begin your apprenticeship, you’ll receive a set of self-paced workbooks with modules related to your practical work onsite. Depending on the trade, you might also go to block courses during your apprenticeship.

Training advisors keep you on track

You’ll have a BCITO training advisor (TA) during your apprenticeship. Your TA will regularly meet with you onsite to:

  • ensure you're getting quality training

  • keep track of what you're learning (and inform you of any potential gaps)

  • assess your competency

  • record your assessment results with NZQA

How assessment works

Assessments are based on evidence of practical skills and discussions with your BCITO training advisor. Assessments may require more than one attempt to complete. You will:

  • receive a resource pack from BCITO, which includes workbooks and reference material

  • gather evidence (like photos) of your skills and record progress in your workbook

  • meet with your BCITO TA quarterly to check progress and assess what your skills
Find out how to prepare for assessment.