March 11th, 2014

Changes to apprenticeship training in 2014 - a single New Zealand Apprenticeships Scheme

As part of Government reforms to industry training, the Modern Apprenticeships programme and other apprenticeship-type training is being replaced by a single nationwide scheme called New Zealand Apprenticeships. This came into effect on 1 January 2014.

You do not need to do anything. This letter is to explain what the change will mean for you:

1. For apprentices signed into an apprenticeship after 1 January 2014

    Any apprentices signed into training on or after 1 January 2014 will train under the New Zealand Apprenticeships Scheme.
    You may still be eligible for the Re-Boot payments for taking on apprentices. Please speak to your account manager about this.

Competenz’s continued commitment to successful New Zealand Apprentices

Since Competenz introduced its ELEV8 apprentice management programme in 2010:

    average apprentice completion rates have grown from 50% to 81%; and
    the average time it takes an apprentice to complete their qualification has reduced by two years.

Competenz sets National Standards for apprenticeship qualifications in your industry. We develop training resources, arrange block courses and the quality assessment of unit standards in the workplace.

From now on, apprentices in training with Competenz will be signed into our ELEV8 model which includes all Competenz qualification and resource development and:

  • Four quarterly visits per year to ensure apprentices are on-track and focused
  • Additional support for struggling apprentices
  • Telephone and email access to our nationwide team of 26 account managers to address issues as they arise
  • Arrangement of off-job training through your local provider;
  • All learning materials including access to eLearning for Year 1 and Year 2 of Mechanical Engineering and Fabrication
  • On-job assessments;
  • Registration of apprentice credits with NZQA
  • Awarding of national certificates on completion of training

2. If you already have an apprentice under the Modern Apprentice Scheme

From 1 January 2014 the Government is no longer providing Modern Apprenticeship funding to ITO’s. These Modern Apprentices will receive the Competenz ELEV8 apprentice management programme of a minimum of 4 visits and the other benefits as outlined above. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact your account manager, or me, for any further information.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Kingsford GM Trades, Competenz