Gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to enter an apprenticeship in the construction industry

This programme prepares students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to enter an apprenticeship in the construction industry.

With close links to employers, successful graduates will have significant advantage when seeking employment. Class times for semester one and two are Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3pm. 

Programme Outline

The programme covers practical trade skills (with underpinning theory) in the following:

  • use and maintenance of carpentry tools and equipment including hand tools, portable power tools, machine tools
  • erecting profiles, setting out and levelling houses exercises
  • sub-floor framing
  • erecting frames and trusses
  • erecting ceilings
  • construction of framework as required
  • site safe certificate
  • first aid
  • health and safety

Course Materials

Students will need their own set of tools, including builder's apron, steel cap boots, cutting knife (with snap blade), nail punch set, folding rule, 8m measuring tape, combination square, claw hammer, chisel set, carpenter's pencil, small padlock, screwdrivers, calculator, pen and paper. A smartphone or tablet is also required to access online learning resources. 

Entry Requirements

10 credits NCEA Level 1 literacy and 10 credits NCEA Level 1 numeracy or equivalent

Youth Guarantee places may be available; Youth Guarantee entry criteria applies, please contact us

International students
Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0)


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