Building up New Zealand’s apprentices

The NZCB Apprentice Network supports you, your business and your apprentices.

We also build careers.

What is the apprentice network?

The NZCB Apprentice Network provides a suite of specific resources to benefit employers and apprentices during the process of their trade qualification and on-the-job mentoring.

What the Apprentice Network offers:




Plus, deals and discounts

Trainee Members of the NZCB Apprentice Network have access to many of the existing deals and discounts that NZCB Members benefit from.


Interested in becoming a part of the network?

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NZCB prides itself on meeting high standards and is passionate about the value a good apprenticeship training experience can bring to your career.

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    Frequently asked questions

    For employers

    Only apprentices employed by NZCB Business Members can join the Apprentice Network. Your apprentices become Trainee Members of NZCB. They receive regular industry updates and information related to the vocation they have chosen as a career. This becomes an employment benefit of your business, exclusive to NZCB Members only.

    The Apprentice Network does not train your apprentice, but instead provides support to apprentices enrolled in a recognised Training Provider chosen by the you or your apprentice.

    Apprentices can still train at a Polytechnic or Institute of Technology in most parts of NZ. You need to contact the Training Provider directly in your region and enquire about the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry – Level 4.

    The apprentice should have the final decision on who they choose to enrol with to undertake their training. However, as an employer you may have a preferred Training Provider based on prior and existing apprentices, which you can suggest to your apprentice.

    Frequently asked questions

    For apprentices

    Apprenticeships are generally offered by builders within the building and construction industry. You should consider the type of building work you want to undertake and approach a builder directly. Often the best method is cold calling, although the NZCB Apprentice Network can assist with apprenticeship placement. You should have good general fitness, a Restricted or Full NZ Drivers Licence and a willingness to learn. Apprentices need to be atleast 16 years of age, and parental or legal guardian consent is required if under 18 years of age.

    Apprenticeships are no longer tied to fixed hours or minimum time-served models, they are based on industry competency and individual ability. However, you should expect to serve 3-4 years to complete the full Level 4 NZ Certificate in Carpentry.

    A carpentry apprentice must be in full-time employment and have a Training Plan in place with a recognised Training Provider.

    The New Zealand Employment Law is very clear; apprentices should be employees and not Individual Contractors to a Principal Contractor. 

    Yes, NZCB under the Apprentice Network, as an Industry stakeholder can address valid concerns on your behalf.

    The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) produces the Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships. It has information for work-based training programmes leading to various careers.