A career in electrical

As an electrician, you’ll install, maintain and repair electrical systems and equipment. This career is great for practical people and problem solvers. Good electricians enjoy active, hands-on work, are accurate and safety-conscious, and can communicate well.

“Being able to show progress in myself, that’s what I love about my job. You get to work in teams, you get to work on your own, you get to work in different environments with different people and I think that’s what makes going to work better.”
Te Mihikura Peni

How do I train?

Trades training is flexible. You can:

  • Do a pre-trades programme, then get a job and apprenticeship
  • Get an apprenticeship straight away and study while you work

Many people start with a pre-trades programme at a training institution. This will give you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare you 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 already have experience in the trades or are ready for working life and happy to study while you work, you might look at going straight into an apprenticeship. We can help you make that decision, and we might even know someone who needs an apprentice like you.

“The work is awesome. There’s heaps to learn, I get to do different things every day, and it’s hands-on, practical work. I knew I didn’t want a desk job – not right now anyway. I’m an active, hands-on person, so I based my career around that.”
Cruise Tito