Industry Training Organisations & Specialists

Air New Zealand Aviation Institute

“The Air New Zealand Aviation Institute provides the leading edge in NZQA approved training programmes for people interested in aviation roles.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – aircraft are safe because of precision engineering.  Let us train you to become a precision aircraft engineer.  36 week pre-trade course.  Employers of our graduates include Air New Zealand, RNZDF & other companies in General Aviation.

Pilot – Enrol in the Air NZ Aviation Institute Pilot Training Programme and become an Air NZ preferred pilot.  The programme is delivered by the Institute’s 4 accredited flight training organisations.”

Defence Force

Helping ... That’s what Kiwi’s do. Every hour of every day, 365 days a year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.  It is our goal to operate a modern and agile Defence Force striving for excellence in everything we do.  We work in partnership with many other nations and government agencies around the globe, helping people and protecting our territory and our oceans no matter what the crisis may be.  Regular Force, Reservists and Civilians – together we are a Force for New Zealand.

Come and talk to us about the range of Jobs, Trades, Qualifications and experiences with a career in Defence.

Drivetech Ltd

Heavy Traffic Licences and Endorsements

“Training Tomorrows, Drivers Today”

At Drivetech Ltd, industry experienced assessors with a wide range of experience are on hand to offer Heavy Traffic Licences and Endorsements for:

  • Heavy Vehicles (Classes 2, 3, 4 & 5)
  • Forklift Endorsement, OSH Certificate/Attachments, OSH (worksafe)
  • Wheels, Tracks and Rollers
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Vehicle Recovery
  • Passenger
  • Motorbike Basic Skills

Drivetech also offers a variety of other services including:-

  • Driving related Health & Safety training
  • A Variety of Unit Standards
  • Logbook Training Courses
  • Load Security
  • LCP School Bus Programmes
  • Driver Training/Lessons (Car/Truck)
  • Defensive Driving (Street Talk Programme)
  • CBTA – Motorbike Restricted and Full
  • Ride Forever Courses, Bronze, Silver and Gold (ACC Subsidized)
  • Pre-Employment Driving Assessments
  • 4 Wheel Drive (4x4) Training (Unit Standards or Assessments)

Courses are run from our purpose built training rooms and offices in Southland at 156 Longbush South Road - 9.7kms east of Invercargill.

Mosgiel - 29 Gladstone Road South, Mosgiel, Dunedin

Cromwell - 2b Traders Lane, Cromwell

Christchurch - 8 Jipcho Road, Wigram, Christchurch.

We are flexible and can cater for groups and one-on-one individual training.

And just to make your training easier, Drivetech can also help with:

  • Road Code Training – We train you prior to going to the AA to sit your learner licence theory test
  • We have our own computer terminal at the Invercargill AA so our clients do not have to present themselves at the AA in person to book for their theory test
  • All vehicles and machinery supplied or use your own if you wish
  • Competitive rates
  • Interest-free time payment
  • All Credits registered with NZQA
  • Morning teas supplied
  • Top, efficient service with a family friendly environment

For more information, contact us on 027 510 0684 or Freephone 0508 237 483 email, visit or call on the team at CareerFest Southland.

“Get the most from the best trainers”


Connecting the future

etco* is New Zealand’s premier provider of Electrical Apprenticeships and training.

A wholly owned subsidiary of ECANZ (Electrical Contractors Association of New Zealand), etco* was established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in New Zealand with two main areas of activity.

  • the employment and placement of electrical apprentices via our group apprenticeship scheme
  • the provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople

Since its beginnings in 1991, etco’s commitment to producing the best has helped thousands of apprentices and students achieve outstanding results and successes in industry competitions, national examinations and the industry itself.

For more information, go to



MITO works with the automotive, extractives, transport and logistics industries to facilitate the achievement of high-quality, nationally recognised qualifications.  Each year, MITO helps thousands of New Zealand learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

To find out more about MITO, contact 0800 88 21 21 or visit

Seasonal Solutions

Seasonal Solutions Cooperative Ltd is a company owned by orchard and vineyard growers. We provide New Zealanders, Backpackers and Recognised Seasonal Employee workers permanent or seasonal work in the Horticulture and Viticulture industries.

We have a cadet scheme for NZ residents aged between 18 – 24. There are two intakes a year and the cadetship runs for a year with a grower with the opportunity of full time employment after that.

The students can visit our website for more information.

Southern Group Training Trust

The Apprenticeship People

Apprenticeships offer people the opportunity to be paid to learn.

If you want to be paid, have your fees paid for you, and learn useful skills an apprenticeship may be the answer for you.  

Let Southern Group Training make it easy for you.  We find you an apprenticeship, pay your wages and make sure that you have the tools you need.

We also pay for your training manual, evening class and block course fees along with travel to and from and accommodation while at block courses held out of Southland. 

Southern Group Training employs or manages apprentices in a variety of different trades.  These apprentices are hosted by companies throughout Otago and Southland.

Applications are accepted from anyone for any type of apprenticeship at any time.

For further information please see Southern Group Training’s website,

Southern Wings

Southern Wings is a professional aviation college and Air New Zealand Training Organisation which delivers integrated flight training with a goal to establish a direct pathway into an airline career for graduating students.   Student funding is available on our Diploma in Aviation courses.