New Zealand Apprenticeships
New Zealand Apprenticeships provide a premier vocational pathway and quality support for all apprentices regardless of age.
New Zealand Apprenticeships:
- provide an entry point into an occupation setting a person up for a career in an industry
- meet any regulatory requirements for entry into an occupation
- contain a strong theoretical component to support further learning, as well as a practical element.
The detailed criteria for New Zealand Apprenticeships are that:
- an apprentice must be employed in the occupation for which they are training
- throughout the apprenticeship, an apprentice must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training
- all New Zealand Apprenticeships will result in (at least) a level 4 New Zealand qualification comprising a minimum of 120 credits (ensuring a strong theoretical component).
It is expected that on completing a New Zealand Apprenticeship, the apprentice will be ‘work competent’ for the occupation in which they have been training, and that industry will determine the standard of competency to be met.
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The TEC approves all New Zealand Apprenticeships and maintains a register. To find out what apprenticeships are available, and which industry training organisation to contact, refer to the New Zealand Apprenticeships Register (XLS, 90 Kb).
While the minimum requirement for a New Zealand Apprenticeship is a New Zealand qualification at level 4 of at least 120 credits, some New Zealand Apprenticeship programmes may contain additional qualifications.
An apprentice training code called the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships has been published. The Code sets out the responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved in a New Zealand Apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the industry training organisation.
Download the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships (PDF, 577 Kb)
Contact the Sector Helpdesk for a print out of the Code.
The Code was developed in conjunction with apprentices, employers and industry training organisations.
During February and March 2015, the TEC consulted on the draft Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships. Read the Summary of the consultation feedback (PDF, 76 Kb).
The Government expects all New Zealand Apprentices and employers to be well supported by their industry training organization (ITO) to achieve a high level of successful completions of apprenticeships. ITOs will need to make a minimum of four visits a year to the apprentice and maintain good communication with both the apprentice and employer. New Zealand Apprentices are funded at a higher rate than industry trainees from 2014 to ensure ITOs provide this level of support.
The Apprenticeship Reboot subsidy finished on 31 December 2014. Please contact the Sector Helpdesk for any queries about Reboot subsidies.
On 1 January 2014, the Modern Apprenticeship scheme was replaced by the New Zealand Apprenticeships. There will be a four-year transition (through to the end of 2017) to allow those Modern Apprentices still in training to continue with their current arrangements, including support provided from their Modern Apprenticeship Coordinator.
How to confirm completion of an apprenticeship
The TEC might be able to provide a record of completion of your apprenticeship. We will search the Register of Apprentices on your behalf. Details of apprenticeships completed after 1993 are likely to be held by the respective industry training organisation instead.
Fill in the Request for Apprenticeship Record form (Word, 61 Kb) and email it, with a photocopy of your identification, to email@example.com or send to:
Tertiary Education Commission
PO Box 27-048
Applying for the TEC's approval of New Zealand Apprenticeships
The TEC has developed guidelines on its New Zealand Apprenticeships approval process for ITOs in consultation with the NZQA:
Interim arrangements for apprenticeships
The following criteria will enable some current apprenticeship qualifications to be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2016:
- a trainee must be employed as an apprentice in the occupation for which they are training
- throughout the apprenticeship a trainee must be supported by a training plan agreed by the apprentice, the employer and the organisation arranging the training; and either
- complex arrangements (multiple qualifications) of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship, provided they include only level 3 and 4 qualifications and at least 60 credits of any complex arrangement is at level 4; or
- national qualifications at level 4 of at least 120 credits can make up a NZ Apprenticeship.
New Zealand Apprenticeship requirements from 2016
From 2016, New Zealand Apprenticeship programmes must contain a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits.
ITOs can apply to include additional qualifications as part of a New Zealand Apprenticeship in conjunction with a level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits. Additional qualifications will only be approved if they are integral to the apprenticeship.
New Zealand Apprenticeships will be approved jointly by the TEC and NZQA; who will consider both the qualification and the programme of training through NZQA’s programme approval process.
An ITO must have an NZQA approved programme for each New Zealand Apprenticeship before any enrolments will be funded by the TEC.
Interim arrangements to expire at the end of 2015
Interim arrangements (New Zealand Apprenticeships consisting of multiple qualifications) were intended to enable some previous apprenticeship qualifications to be funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeships rate through to 1 January 2016.
Interim arrangements will expire at the end of 2015.
Interim arrangements have been approved for some New Zealand Apprenticeships that do not include a qualification that meets the 2016 New Zealand Apprenticeship criteria. It is expected some of these New Zealand Apprenticeships will meet the criteria once New Zealand qualifications have been approved following targeted review of qualifications (TRoQ).
From 2016, interim arrangements that comprise two or more qualifications and do not include one level 4 qualification of at least 120 credits will not be recognised as New Zealand Apprenticeships. After this time, such interim arrangements will not be funded at the higher New Zealand Apprenticeship rate and must not be promoted as New Zealand Apprenticeships.
New interim arrangements will not be approved
The TEC will not approve any new interim arrangements as New Zealand Apprenticeships.
Trainees will only be able to enrol in existing interim arrangements (and be recognised as a New Zealand Apprentice) until 31 December 2015.
These trainees will be classed as New Zealand Apprentices and funded at the New Zealand Apprenticeship rate until they complete their training.
Extensions to current interim arrangements may be approved
ITOs may apply to the TEC for an extension of interim arrangements beyond 31 December 2015.
Extensions may be allowed if NZQA has already approved the development of a qualification which will meet the criteria for a New Zealand Apprenticeship and will replace interim arrangements.
The TEC has created guidelines for the use of the New Zealand Apprenticeships logo and its use for any collateral providers may require:
New Zealand Apprenticeships logo use and certificate creation (Word, 55 Kb)
23 July 2015
23 July 2015