Learning a trade does more than earn you cash; it can impact your whole whānau. Just ask Sarah Peraua, who started her carpentry training with the added motivation of wanting to be a good role model for her six-year-old son Ronny.
Help create New Zealand’s whares and be in demand for everything from retaining walls to playgrounds. People in the construction industry work as a team, and there are lots of roles involved. You could be a carpenter, plasterer, or scaffolder, or even manage construction projects. If you enjoy working outdoors and using your hands, have an eye for detail and like seeing a project come together, construction could be the trade for you. It’s also important to be a good communicator, as you’ll be working closely with other tradies.
“It’s pretty cool to do something I enjoy and get paid at the same time.
If you’re passionate about being outside and seeing something through from start to finish, it’s awesome being in construction.” Ngapo Wehi
How do I train?
Trades training is flexible. You can:
Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This gives you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare for work. If you qualify for one of our scholarships you can study for free – and we’ll help you find work when you finish.
If you’re ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might be able to go straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.
MPTT Auckland partners with trades training organisations, but we don’t take enrolments directly. To apply for our scholarships, you’ll need to enrol with your course provider first. Once you’re accepted into your course, please ask your training organisation about applying for an MPTT scholarship.
Find out which construction course is right for you, using the links below.Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT)
Apprenticeships are managed by Industry Training Organisations (ITOs), who make sure you get the training you need to earn your qualification. The ITO for building and construction is BCITO. To find out more about getting an apprenticeship you can contact Richard Mason at Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org