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.

“Electrical is a really good trade. It gives you a lot of job opportunities, worldwide. You can travel with your New Zealand ticket and it’s still valid. So put in the work, especially the bookwork, that’s most important. And yeah – sparkies make a lot of dollars.”
Jharden Davis, electrical apprentice

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

How do I fund my training?

There are a few ways to get your fees paid – but they’re not all the same. 

Only available to Māori and Pasifika learners, the MPTT scholarship doesn’t just cover your course fees, it gives you the most well-rounded support to get a job in the trades. 

Find out how the MPTT scholarship compares to other funding options.