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 scaolder, 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:

  • 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 gives you the hands-on experience and theory you need to prepare for work. If you qualify for one of our cholarships 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.

Find out more about training in construction (pdf)

    Manukau Institute of Technology

    MIT has been helping New Zealanders learn industry-specific skills since 1970. With five Auckland-based campuses, MIT offers a wide range of trades courses that can help you learn practical skills and gain real-world experience while you study.

    • NZ2384 New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with Strands in Allied Trades (Level 3).
      Full course information.


    Unitec is New Zealand’s largest institute of technology, with more than 20,000 students studying over 150 work-oriented programmes. It offers employment-focused education at two campuses in Auckland’s suburbs of Mt Albert and Wait kere.

    G&H Training

    Specialising in automotive, carpentry and construction training, G&H Training helps people get started in the trades. It has eight training venues in New Zealand, including two in Auckland.