What is an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a period of training where the apprentice is paid an amount of money to learn new skills relevant to a specific area of profession. The time taken for this apprenticeship can be anywhere from 1 year to 4 years depending on the industry. The range of industries in which apprenticeships can be undertaken is wide, ranging from law and retail, to engineering and agriculture. At the end of the apprenticeship training period, you and your employer will make a decision around whether you work well in the company. There are three levels of Apprentices, Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships. The amount an apprenticeship gets paid will vary depending on several factors. How long you have been employed and how skilled you are are some of them.

Benefits of getting a apprenticeship

Earning money whilst you learn

A great benefit of an apprenticeship being able to earn money whilst you are learning a new skill. You get to enjoy the perks of a steady income without the worry of a student loan. As you are still classed as a student you get the benefits of student discounts. 


Qualifications that are recognised

As an apprentice you will gain a qualification recognized in New Zealand and may be recognized by NZQA. This qualification will show employers you are capable of learning a skill and carry out a task to a high quality standard. These qualifications can also be passed on to future employers.


Work experience

You will get to experience a workplace outside of an education environment. Gaining real life work experience is great and teaches you many skills. This is also very valuable as it improves employability, having applied yourself to a full-time job shows commitment and dedication. Which is a good quality that employers will look for in your work ethics. 



The skills gained from being an apprentice are invaluable. You will learn to become independent and manage your time, finances and work-life balance. As well as being able to develop skills relevant to your profession which will help you in day to day life. These skills are a great benefit of apprenticeships.