Earn while you learn

With an apprenticeship you learn on-the-job, get paid and become qualified in your chosen trade.

Why apprenticeships?

Get qualified for free

Unlike uni, you don't have to get a degree before you get hired. We hire you first and pay you to study on-the-job.

We pay you

We pay you a weekly wage while you learn on-the-job at the Kiwi business you are placed into.

No student loan

We cover all your training fees too, so you gain your NZQA-recognised qualification with absolutely no student debt.

Wrap-around support

You get monthly visits from a dedicated ATNZ Account Manager who provides you with advice, coaching and mentoring, as well as assessing your bookwork and any other help you may need.

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How does it work?

Make the training commitment

An apprenticeship is a four year qualification. We employ and pay you while you train on-the-job in a Kiwi business for an exciting trades career.

We offer apprenticeships in:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Fabrication and welding
  • Fitting, machining and toolmaking
  • Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning

Real skills for a real career

Apprenticeship qualifications are created and updated in partership with New Zealand industries so you are taught the skills and theory you need to master for real world jobs and life-long careers.

We want to hear from you if:

  • You are a practical, hands-on person.
  • You have NCEA level 2 in Maths and English.
  • You are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident

Success stories

"Apprenticeships give you a great foundation and an opportunity to build skills and experience that are internationally recognised"

Jamie Pakoti

Patton Engineering

"Engineering is a great career choice and while there are challenges along the way, they’re all a part of learning a trade."

Janis Baker


"Being an apprentice at Stafford is great. Everyone understands you’re still learning so they’re willing to lend a hand and happy to teach you."

Matthew Blackie

Stafford Engineering

Start the process

There's no commitment in registering your interest, even if you just want more information.