How apprenticeships work

In an apprenticeship you learn practical skills from your employer, and then show your BCITO training advisor you've mastered those skills to gain a professional qualification. While you learn you'll earn a wage working in a real job.

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Your employer is your teacher

Your employer will train you in the skills of the trade as you work. They'll ensure your work is up to standard, and that you cover the required scope of work to complete your qualification.

Your employer needs to be on board for you to do an apprenticeship, so you need to talk to them about it if you haven’t already. Some employers may require you to undergo a trial period before they will take you on as an apprentice.

Practical training with some bookwork on the side

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.

A dedicated training advisor will keep you on track

You will have a dedicated BCITO training advisor (TA) for the duration of your apprenticeship. After an initial meeting to establish what you need to do to start 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 when they are satisfied you meet the standard.

How assessment works

Learning something new every day makes you a better person as a whole. Quincy Tangiau, Stronghold Builders.

Most assessment is based on evidence of practical skills you've learnt and discussions with your BCITO training advisor. You will:

  • receive a resource pack from BCITO, which includes workbooks and reference material
  • gather evidence (like photos) of the skills you learn and record your progress in a workbook
  • meet with your BCITO training advisor quarterly to check on your progress and assess your learning so far.

Assessments may require more than one attempt to complete.