Learning a trade isn’t just about nailing the practical skills. It’s also important to learn personal skills that are valuable in the workplace, from taking initiative to showing up on time. MPTT works with each of our trainees to help them become great employees and get the best job possible.
Work Readiness Passport
Our Work Readiness Passport is a stamp of approval that says a trainee is ready for the job. To earn a Passport, MPTT trainees must show they know their trade and have the personal and worksite skills to add value as an employee. Trainees with a Passport have proven ability in the following six key areas.
- Personal Skills
They conduct themselves well, from time management to teamwork.
- Worksite Skills
They work in a safe a healthy way and follow good work procedures.
- Industry Insight
They understand the industry, including employer expectations.
- Job Search Skills
They know how to find and apply for jobs, and understand employment agreements.
- Community Project
They have work experience that helps them hit the ground running.
They know who they are in relation to others, and how they came to be where they are.
“Lucas is a really good apprentice, one of the best I’ve come across. He’s very intuitive with the whole process. I’ll be thinking about a task and I’ll turn around to find Lucas already handing me the right tool for the job without prompting. And if I have to take a phone call and I’m tied up, Lucas will just start cleaning up or keeping himself busy. He’s bloody amazing.” Paddy Durham, Excel Refrigeration and Air Con Ltd
How to get started
Even if you’re just starting out in the trades, here’s what you can do to increase your chances of getting a great job down the track.
Get your driver licence
A driver licence is essential in the trades. Your boss might need you to pick up supplies for a job, or you might need to travel between different work sites. Find out how to get your licence on the New Zealand Transport Agency website.
Get a Site Safe card
Employers want to know you can work safely on-site. Ask your training provider about getting a Site Safe card, or talk to an MPTT Navigator.
Be drug and alcohol free
Trades workers need to be focused and safety-conscious, and most employers do drug and alcohol tests as part of their site safety practices. Staying away from drugs and alcohol will also help you stay physically strong.
Have a great attitude
When you apply for jobs, you’ll need referees to vouch for you. By turning up to your classes on time, showing interest in your training, and working well with others, you’ll show you can be a valuable employee in the future.