How do I get into an apprenticeship?

You can start an apprenticeship in your current trade job or directly from school. You need a current job in your trade of choice and a driver licence. There are no other entry requirements but it helps to have some background knowledge, work experience and your own transport. A pre-trade qualification can be helpful but it's not necessary.

Find out what you need to do to become an apprentice with BCITO.

Find a job

You need a job to start an apprenticeship. Start by checking out our employment tips, or complete our work profile form so we can help match you with a suitable employer.

Get your driver licence

Your boss may need you to go buy nails, or fetch milk for smoko. A restricted is fine to begin with. It's crucial that you keep your driver licence clean. Learn more about how to get a driver licence.

Vocational pathways

The Vocational Pathways are a framework to guide young people through education to employment. They help students and prospective employers tailor their NCEA level 2 studies to the skills required in a particular industry, such as construction and infrastructure.

Starting in secondary school

Subjects like design technology, English and maths are important for a career in the building and construction industry.

If you’re in Year 11 or 12, you can do a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme. The Gateway programme is also a good starting point, if your school offers it.


Gateway is a free programme that allows Year 11-13 students to get practical workplace training while they’re still in school so they can make informed decisions about their future career paths. Students can gain NCEA assessment standards to recognise the skills they learn on the job.

Sign up with BCITO

Once you’ve got a job and you have your employer’s permission, Contact BCITO to sign up for an apprenticeship. We’ll get the paperwork sorted so you can take the first step towards becoming a qualified professional.