Taking on an apprentice

When you take on an apprentice you are a mentor and evaluator of their skills. BCITO training advisors will visit regularly to assess your apprentice's progress against their NZQA qualification. All assessment is managed by BCITO – you don't have to mark any bookwork.

What is required of you

Your role (or whoever you have delegated the task) will be as an evaluator to your apprentice. You'll make sure your apprentice gains the knowledge and skills required for their qualification by providing:

  • adequate training and supervision
  • a suitable range of work so your apprentice can meet the qualification requirements
  • accurate information regarding the skills and knowledge demonstrated by your apprentice
  • time for BCITO representatives to meet with your apprentice
  • some of your own time to discuss your apprentice's progress with BCITO representatives.

What you need to do to get started

If you're looking for a new apprentice, or if you already have a capable candidate for an apprenticeship, get in touch. We can help you find an apprentice or give you a firsthand explanation of how the apprenticeship will work for you.

The Training Agreement

To start an apprenticeship, an employer and trainee both sign a Training Agreement (TAG). This is a contract that describes the apprentice and employer roles, and it forms an arrangement between you as per the Employment Relations Act (2000). The TAG also records all the details that BCITO needs in order to register the apprenticeship with NZQA and to begin recording your apprentice's progress.

BCITO training advisors

Your apprentice will be assigned a dedicated BCITO training advisor who will be their professional assessor in the workplace. The training advisor's role is to gather and consider evidence, and to assess your apprentice's skills and knowledge level. Training advisors also assist employers to help apprentices learn, and mentor apprentices to help them progress to professional tradespeople.

Your training advisor will visit at least four times a year to assess your apprentice's progress.

Employers talk about how BCITO Training Advisors work with them and apprentices to facilitate learning.

Assessment and qualification

All assessment is managed by BCITO – you don't need to mark any bookwork. Most apprentices are assessed onsite by their BCITO training advisor. Your dedicated BCITO training advisor will undertake a formal, structured assessment process. Once your apprentice has achieved all unit standards within the qualification they will be awarded an NZQA qualification.

Apprentices in some trades may also have to attend off-job training – your BCITO training advisor will explain the exact process for your particular trade at the time of sign-up.