Industry Training Organisations & Specialists

Three Waters New Zealand - Southland Presentation

Is this your story?

New Zealand’s water industry is one of the fastest growing infrastructure areas. 

Southland District Council is living ‘our story’ and working together for the people of Southland to protect a future resource. Most of New Zealand’s drinkable water comes from streams and rivers or underground aquifers which need to be purified and disinfected before drinking. Come and talk to us about some of our innovative projects that do make a difference, be part of the change...

The Three Waters - Southland Presentation sees two large national contracting firms partner with local government to provide advocacy for the New Zealand Water Industry and the fantastic career opportunities that exist for a wide ranging audience.

Southland District Council’s water and waste services team partners with Downer (Water Ltd) and Fulton Hogan (Drainage), to deliver a collaborative 3 waters delivery which will provide insight to the career pathway opportunities in an industry with a 10-year expenditure budget of $13B with an a total national asset value of around $35.7B.

Are you interested in studying Civil Engineering or perhaps obtaining a hands-on NZQA accredited trade in a supportive and challenging environment?

Air New Zealand Aviation Institute

School of Engineering

So you've decided to become an aircraft maintenance engineer? You'll be joining an industry that can quite literally take you around the world. Aviation Institute's integrated and internationally recognised aircraft maintenance programme is a great place to start.

Students begin by studying a Level 3 Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering, this is a pre-requisite qualification for an apprenticeship with Air New Zealand.

Who are our Customers?

Our customers are from home and abroad. New Zealanders train with us after leaving secondary school to secure their first job in the industry.

International students join us from around the world to learn their skills from an international award winning airline, while visiting a destination many people have on their must see list.

International airlines also sponsor their apprentices to train with us so they too can take advantage of the world-class training available provided in one of the safest locations globally.

Industry Training

Train alongside industry professionals, our domestic and international students train in the same facilities with the same professional facilitators as Air New Zealand's own staff.

Lessons learnt and innovation from the operational environment transfer into our training programmes, ensuring they are best fit for industry, and you.

Choose where to start your career wisely, it is a badge you will wear through your CV for life. Don’t just get any qualification, strive for an industry qualification delivered by industry, and recognised by industry.

Internationally Recognised 

The Aviation Institute holds dual accreditation for its basic aircraft maintenance programme, it is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved Private Training Establishment (PTE) approved to deliver vocational training and a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Part 147 maintenance training organisation.

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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

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Careerforce helps people gain the knowledge and skills they need to start a rewarding career pathway through on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

We have training programmes that can support you to progress your career in the health and wellbeing and social and community sectors.

You’ll gain qualifications that are yours for life and skills that help you contribute to the social good of New Zealand.

Get in touch with our Vocational Pathways Advisors to find out more about starting your career.



Phone: 0800 277 486

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.

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
  • 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”

Etco (Electrical)

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 first which was established by the Burns family some 48 years ago. In more recent times, Chris and Rebecca purchased the Invercargill shop to which they have added a Clearance Centre, window coverings and tiling to the lineup. They also are the only Carpet Company in the district to hire and train apprentices to bring 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

Master Joiners

Career as a Joiner

If you enjoy working with your hands and testing your skills, Joinery could be the vocation for you.

Joiners are responsible for the construction, renovation and repair of all structures and fixtures made out of wood, wallboard, plywood and other timber materials or fittings, for example: 

  • Timber windows
  • Timber stairs
  • Timber furniture
  • Kitchens
  • Bathroom vanities
  • Laundries or reception desks etc.

Joinery serves as a solid foundation to build the rest of your career on, whether it be to own your business, become a manager in a business or carry on being a workshop fabricator. To be successful in this trade, you must have an excellent attention to detail, a solid grasp on maths, and have a creative mind that likes to build things.

If you can imagine it you can build it with the skills gained from being a Joiner.

After you have qualified and you like designing with computers you can design your own kitchen, furniture etc, cut it out on a robotic machine, fabricate it and have the satisfaction of seeing the finished item that you made.


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.

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

Interested in health and wellness? Find out about a career in Chiropractic.

The New Zealand College of Chiropractic is a world-renowned tertiary institution offering a Bachelor of Chiropractic degree. Our graduates are highly sought after both in New Zealand and around the globe.

Chiropractic is all about helping the body to work at its best, through optimal function of the nervous system. Chiropractic care can help with health, wellness and performance.

Becoming a chiropractor is a rewarding career choice that will enable you to make a difference to others, achieve great work-life balance and earning potential, and choose from plenty of options for specialisation – from owning your own general chiropractic practice, to animal chiropractic, paediatrics, sports chiropractic, or even chiropractic research.

Our students complete four years of full time study, which must be preceded by a pre-requisite year of sciences at university. Check with us to see if you’ve covered the right papers for direct entry in 2019 – or find out which papers you need to take.

Contact us for more information. +64 9 526 6789.

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

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.