Industry Training Organisations & Specialists

Air New Zealand Aviation Institute

Air NZ Aviation Institute delivers the NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering from its campuses in both Auckland and Christchurch.  Graduates if the 36 week pre-apprenticeship programme can apply for apprenticeships with aviation industry employers including Air NZ, CHC Engine Centre, the Air Force, Airwork and other industry employers including Hamilton Jet & Rocket Lab.

Entry is by way of passing a placement test where candidates are tested on English comprehension, Maths & Physics as well as an Interview.  These are held around October for places on the following years courses.

For more information on course content, please refer to our website


Trade up to a career where anything is possible

There are many opportunities in building and construction and best of all the first two years of your training could be fees free (depending on eligibility and trade).

With a skills shortage happening at the same time as the biggest building boom New Zealand has ever experienced there’s no better time than right now to join the building and construction industry.

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) supports and delivers training career seekers in the building and construction industry.  Consistently BCITO is one of the highest performing Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) in New Zealand.

BCITO sets the standards of qualifications in 15 trade sectors and organises their delivery as well as mentoring and supporting apprentices and employers who train.

Industries BCITO covers:

  • Brick & Block Laying
  • Carpentry
  • Concrete
  • Construction Trade Supervision
  • Exterior Plastering
  • Flooring
  • Frame & Truss
  • Glass & Glazing
  • Interior Systems
  • Joinery
  • Kitchen & Bathroom Design
  • Masonry/Storemasonry
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Resin Flooring
  • Tiling

Visit to find out more.

Defence Careers

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.

Dive Otago

Become a Dive Instructor and set yourself up for a life where the ocean is your office.

With a growing demand for dive professionals all over the world, a career in diving has something for everyone in a wide variety of industries; these include Hospitality and Eco-Tourism, Dive Travel, Marine Science, Commercial Diving, Surveying and Oceanography, Underwater Photography, Videography and Natural History Film Making. 

We have two entry-level career programmes:

Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction
Beginner to Instructor 
1 Year Full-Time Study

National Certificate in Diving 
Beginner to Rescue Diver
3 Months Full-time or 1 Year Part-Time Study

Our career courses are approved for student loans and allowances and we also offer STAR courses for secondary school students. 

We have strong industry ties and have dive shops looking for us to send them new graduates every year. 0800 3483 68246 (0800 DIVE OTAGO) 

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

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)

Motorbike Basic Skills and Motorbike Training

  • CBTA Restricted and Full

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

Mosgiel - 17 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”

etco - Electrical Training Co

etco is New Zealand’s premier provider of Electrical Apprenticeships and training with a focus on the employment and placement of electrical apprentices via our group apprenticeship scheme, and the provision of training courses for apprentices and trades people.

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.

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Flooring Xtra

Invercargill and Winton Flooring Xtra are truly the experts in all things flooring with a dedicated team of experts. Chris and Rebecca Burns purchased Winton Flooring Xtra which was established by the Burns family some 49 years ago. Eight years ago Chris and Rebecca purchased the Invercargill store to which they have added a clearance centre, window coverings and tiling to the lineup. They are also one of the few southland flooring companies to hire and train apprentices bringing through the next generation of Flooring Superstars. For more information on Invercargill or Winton Flooring Xtra visit their Facebook Page... Invercargill & Winton Flooring Xtra or


New Zealand's food & fibre sectors are a vital part of our economy and employs 1 in every 7 New Zealanders. 

For us to continue leading the world, we need talented people who will thrive in roles as diverse as robotics engineers, geneticists, farm managers and assistants, environmental scientists, bankers, forestry workers, innovation managers and business owners. 

With a predicted 50,000 more people needed in our sectors by 2025, smart, adaptable and passionate problem solvers are in high demand - particularly young people with skills in science, technology, management and business.

GrowingNZ is an industry, educator and government alliance working together to attract a diverse range of talented people into our innovative food & fibre sectors. 

To find more, visit the GrowingNZ stand.


“MITO is the industry training organisation for the automotive, transport, logistics, industrial textile fabrication and extractive industries.

 Every year MITO helps thousands of learners gain the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate their careers, with on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

We offer a range of training programmes and learning experiences that will challenge and reward you. With your help and your drive and initiative, you can really get your career going places.”

New Zealand Police Southland

It's More Than a Job

Policing is a profession that is open to anyone – regardless of culture, faith, gender or sexuality.  The aim for NZ Police is for our workforce to represent the communities we serve.

As well as preventing crime of all varieties, the day-to-day life of a cop involves responding to emergencies, keeping our roads safe, assisting with family violence incidents, working with at-risk and vulnerable young people and helping turn lives around.

We are looking for people who care enough to work with communities to keep people safe in their homes, on the streets and on the roads.  It is an incredibly rewarding career that allows you to make a valued contribution to the community and New Zealand as a whole.

You’ll learn to understand your abilities and strengths and know how to put them to the best possible use.  With your fellow Police Officers, you’ll make a positive difference to the lives of people around you.

You’ll enforce the law with courage and compassion, and work with potential victims, whānau, community organisations, Iwi, businesses, and other government agencies.

You’ll prevent harm and help make New Zealand even safer for us all. The sense of satisfaction you’ll experience is like nothing else.

You’ll develop an instinct for when something is out of the ordinary and respond to incidents that need your help. You’ll maintain public order, prevent crime, and you’ll detect and apprehend offenders.

You’ll use initiative and judgment when you interview complainants, witnesses, and offenders, investigate crimes, collect evidence, and give verbal and written reports.

You’ll give and ask for advice, mediate disputes, resolve conflict, deal compassionately with victims, and be sensitive to the needs of different cultures.

Everyone works on shifts, in all weather, and sometimes in uncomfortable environments. You’ll be treated with respect by most people, but not all. You’ll be tolerant towards all people and work calmly, in any situation.

You’ll develop a good working knowledge of the law and learn how to keep people safe, prevent, and detect crime. Your understanding of human nature and behaviour will continue to grow, and you’ll be able to use it to help others.

Registered Master Builders Association – Southland

Ensuring our Next Generation of Builders

There’s no doubt the construction sector has been experiencing sustained growth for a while now. Statistics New Zealand shows the value of residential building work for the September 2018 quarter was $3.8 billion, up 5.1% from the September 2017 quarter. Even more impressive, the value of non-residential work rose 7.9% for the same period to $2.1 billion. However, at the same time New Zealand is in the midst of a construction skills shortage. To keep up with the sector’s rising demands, the industry needs to attract and retain a stable workforce. Registered Master Builder’s believes that one of the best ways to getting more skilled builders is by employers training more apprentices.

Employers need to take on more apprentices

Currently only 10% of the building firms in New Zealand take on apprentices. As a sector, we need to ensure our employers have confidence to take on apprentices. Their knowledge and skills are the reason for the success of our industry, and it’s essential we give them the opportunity to pass it on to our future builders. It is also why on-the-job training is so important.

“Currently, only 25,000 businesses are taking part in workplace training. We need more employers to invest their time, skills and energy into training apprentices to meet demand” says Registered Master Builders Chief Executive David Kelly.

“We believe the on-the-job training given by employers provides apprentices the best kickstart to their career.”

Mark Blyth, director at Armitage Williams Construction, shares this perspective.

“I choose to take on apprentices because there is a demand for quality tradespeople in New Zealand. Our company has now trained over 90 apprentices for over 33 years” he says.

“We think its’s great to train up these young people properly and bring good carpenters into the industry.”

Ensuring the industry is attractive

Encouraging employers to take on apprentices is only worthwhile if the profession is attractive to young New Zealanders. The objective of both RMBA and BCITO has been to promote the industry’s attractiveness. Part of this is showcasing the varying opportunities for progression in building and construction. Apprenticeships are also increasingly becoming a more lucrative career path. Research has found that those that undertake apprenticeships have better cumulative earnings over much of their working lives. This is compared with BA, BCom and BSc graduates, who face high student loans. Yet, building and construction continues to be less favourable than these traditional career paths. The ability of the construction industry to attract apprentices is vital, especially with New Zealand’s unemployment rate expected to remain around 4%. This means there will be plenty of future competition for workers. 

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 of any age. The scheme offers on-the-job training – Level 3 National Certificate in either Horticulture or Viticulture – while they are earning. 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 Ltd

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.