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Often we never get the chance to find a job that matches our interests and our passions. With Te Rau Kapo, Waikato-Tainui is offering you a chance to find a role that will realise your potential and talents, by providing you with the right tools to achieve the best you can be, with a tailored journey for you. With the support of your iwi, why not try and see what you can achieve? Begin your journey with us now.

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LOGISTICS TRADES HEALTH BUSINESS/CONTACT CENTRE HOSPITALITY CHILDCARE AND RETAIL
Logistics

Logistics is an innovative and exciting industry, it deals with constant changes, business processes, enterprise software, tracking-and-reporting technologies, and business models.
For these reasons, trained and skilled workers in logistics and supply chain are likely to be in demand in the Waikato and Auckland regional areas and globally. Your options are limitless.

Programmes
New Zealand Certificate in Distribution Level 4
Level 4
17 weeks (full-time) or 34 weeks (part-time)
Domestic Free*

*Subject to MIT terms and conditions

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LocationsSkills Update Training Institute, Mangere, Kelston and Papakura campuses
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New cohorts start periodically throughout the year


Move up from the distribution floor into a supervisory or team leader role with a qualification that can be tailored to your or your employer’s needs.

A certificate ideal for those already in the distribution, logistics or freight-forwarding industries, this qualification will help progress your career.

Learn the ins and outs of managing, organising and motivating staff as well as a thorough grounding in the health, safety and security practices necessary to keep you, your co-workers and the public free from harm. Expand your foundation knowledge of the receipt and dispatch of goods operations plus develop a greater understanding of the standard operating policies, procedures, store operations and productivity systems vital to a distribution environment.

This full-time or part-time course is available at any of the three Skills Update Training Institute campuses conveniently sited around Auckland at Mangere, Kelston and Papakura. Each features an authentic simulated distribution environment essential for practising the practical aspects of this programme. 


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New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) Level 3
Level 3
30 weeks (full-time)
Domestic Free* or $4,400 (approx.)

*Subject to MIT terms and conditions

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LocationsSkills Update Training Institute, Mangere
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February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September


Consider a career as a professional driver - local delivery, long haul or specialist carrier.

Transport operators are crying out for professionally trained truck drivers. You could become a self-employed contract driver or own your own truck. Even if you don’t know which industry you would like a career in, having a professional truck licence will get you into many other industries where trucks are used such as roading, drainage, forestry and industrial cleaning. Many New Zealand industries need drivers.

Get your training and qualifications right here in South Auckland with this 30-week full-time truck-driving course that gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to safely drive and operate class 2 and class 4 trucks.


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Logistics and Supply Chain Management New Zealand Certificate in Distribution Level 3
6 months (full-time)

You’ll learn about the warehousing and distribution industry, its operating procedures and inventory controls, how to receive and dispatch goods and much more.

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During this course, you will learn about:

  • operations of distribution
  • inventory control and stock management
  • picking and dispatch
  • operating procedures and codes of conduct
  • health and safety
  • communication and customer service skills

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Trades

As demand for skilled tradespeople grows, we are wanting to support the shortage in the Waikato and Auckland region to provide quality candidates. The practical skills you will learn while studying will provide you with key opportunities to gain employment and a successful career.

Programmes
New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills Level 3
Level 3
36 weeks: 4 days a week for the first 9 weeks and 3 days a week the rest of the year.
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If you want to gain the skills and knowledge you need for an apprenticeship within the building and construction industry, then this programme is right for you.

On completion of this programme, you will be able to work in the construction trades sector with limited supervision, having gained skills and knowledge in health and safety, trade calculations, hand tools, and project work related to different aspects of the construction industry.

During this course you will learn about:

  • construction health and safety
  • plans and specifications
  • construction calculations
  • construction terminology
  • basic building technology
  • construction and installation processes
  • reporting and timekeeping
  • hand / power tool operation and maintenance

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New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) Level 3
Level 3
32 Weeks
Fee free
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LocationNZMA Trades Campus, Mt Wellington, Auckland
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What will I learn?

The course is pre-entry foundation knowledge of electrical engineering and is suitable for those who wish to enter the industry and who do not yet have an electrical apprenticeship agreement.

In this course, you’ll get to wire a sleepout, work on a new build, carry out a limited range of prescribed electrical work safely and ethically under general supervision of a licensed and registered electrician and even gain some work experience with an electrical company! This programme is delivered at NZMA Auckland South and some of the practical work is carried out at NZMA’s nearby Mt Wellington Trades Campus.


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New Zealand Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Level 3
Level 3*
20 weeks
Fee free

*Subject to NZQA approval

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LocationNZMA Trades Campus, Mt Wellington, Auckland
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What will I learn?

The construction industry is desperate for skilled plumbers and gasfitters, and this pre-apprenticeship programme is your ticket in! Our practical hands-on training will give you the knowledge and the skills you need to start your career in this lucrative, booming sector. You’ll graduate with hard skills equivalent to a first-year apprentice, plus we’ll give your numeracy and literacy skills a big boost.


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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Carpentry) Level 3
Level 3
32 weeks
Fee free
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LocationNZMA Trades Campus, Mt Wellington, Auckland
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What will I learn?

The New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with a focus on carpentry arms you with the basic carpentry skills so you are work ready.

This programme will give you the skills and knowledge you need so you can enter the workforce ready to embark on an apprenticeship. It has a strong vocational focus, so you’ll gain lots of basic skills about timber-framed construction, including tools and machinery, and develop practical skills through building relocatable sheds and houses. You will also have hands-on experience at a construction site through a work-based learning arrangement for at least six weeks, engaged on projects in a commercial housing fabrication environment. You will also learn about the building industry and the role of contractors and sub-contractors.

This is a full-time study programme to achieve 120 credits, and you can continue with your apprenticeship training to achieve the Level 4 qualification.


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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills – Paint and Plaster Level 3
Level 3
20 weeks
Fee Free
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LocationNZMA Trades Campus, Mt Wellington, Auckland
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What will I learn?

Tap into the building boom! In just 20 weeks you’ll gain the skills you need to become an apprentice or labourer in construction or allied trades. If you already have a bit of experience in the construction industry, or have a Level 1 or 2 pre-trade qualification, this programme is your perfect next step. It’s fun, practical and workshop-based and is a great stepping stone to a career as a carpenter, joiner, plasterer,  painter or roofer.


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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills with a strand in Carpentry
Level 3
1 year (full-time)
Domestic Free* or $5,600 (approx.)

*Subject to MIT terms and conditions

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LocationMIT Otara
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February, July


If you’re keen to become a builder but don’t already have an apprenticeship, this qualification can help get you into the construction industry. This practical, project-based programme will provide you with a solid foundation of all the knowledge and skills required to begin a career in building.

Included are the basics in workplace safety, trade terminology and concepts as well as the fundamentals in construction and installation processes and techniques. You will also complete a series of projects ranging from the preliminaries, foundations and support structure through to the interior linings and finishing work for a building. All completed work must also meet the appropriate consenting, quality and compliance requirements. As a graduate of this programme, you can go on  to become an apprentice carpenter or a labourer under supervision. You will also be able to continue your studies with the New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4).


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New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) with strands in Allied Trades (Scaffolding, Brick and Blocklaying)
Level 3
6 months (full-time)
Domestic Free* or $3,300 (approx.)

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LocationsMIT Otara and MIT Mangere
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February, July


The construction industry is booming worldwide and needs more scaffolders and bricklayers – and this is the qualification to help get you into it.

Choose from one of two allied trades strands and start your pre-apprenticeship training today:

  • Scaffolding
  • Brick and Blocklaying (masonry trades)

Each strand focuses on completing work to industry standards and to meet all appropriate consenting, quality and compliance requirements. You’ll cover the importance of safe working practices and communication in the workplace plus how to identify, read and use drawings and specifications.

As a graduate of this programme, you can go on to become a trainee working under supervision or an apprentice within your trade.


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Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

To qualify, students need to be:
Aged 16 - 40 
Māori or Pasifika

Programmes available
There are a large range of courses available; please check out the website for further details

Email to teraukapo@tainui.co.nz for more information

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The aim of the Māori and Pasifika Trades Training initiative is to enable more Māori and Pasifika learners, aged 16–40  to obtain meaningful trades apprenticeships and qualifications. The end goal is that all participants gain skilled and sustainable employment.

With a nationwide shortage of skilled trades people, government has invested money into Māori and Pasifika trade training. Wintec has joined a group of Iwi and Pasifika community groups, employers and industry training organisations to develop programmes that bring together the best support, experience and learning – for FREE.

Students will gain the  skills and experiences our community and employers need in small hands-on classes and on real work sites, with dedicated support available, and when they successfully complete the qualification/course , we'll help them find a job.


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Health

There will always be hospitals in need of good qualified staff. It is an area that requires a range of skills across a number of health-related disciplines.

Programmes
New Zealand Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Level 5
Level 5
60 weeks
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LocationsHamilton, North Shore, Auckland City
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What will I learn?

This practical programme teaches you all of the necessary skills and pharmaceutical knowledge to start your career. During the course, you will undertake work experience in the pharmacy industry as well as classroom and practical learning.

The programme is taught in six modules covering professionalism and support, pharmacy law and dispensing processes, pharmacy health, advanced dispensing techniques, hospital pharmacy and anatomy and physiology.


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Certificate in Health Studies (Advanced) Level 4
Level 4
18 weeks
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LocationsAuckland City, Manukau, Wellington City
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What will I learn?

As the only recognised domestic student foundation pathway provider to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) health programmes, this programme is ideal preparation for further studies in health. You will gain important knowledge about health and develop a wide range of academic skills to support your future success in a tertiary environment. Completion of this qualification gives you the opportunity to apply for enrolment into higher level health programmes at AUT, Victoria University of Wellington and Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT). These include the Bachelor of Health Science (nursing and midwifery), Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Counselling. Achieving the Certificate in Health Studies (Advanced) also provides students with skills and knowledge suitable for work as a home based or community-based healthcare support worker.


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Business/Contact Centre

Business is something that comes naturally to Maaori. It can often seem like a very difficult area of study, but with the right institute you will see how easy and intuitive it can be especially if you have previous experience working in a marae or trust organisation.

Programmes
Mana Ora New Zealand Certificate in Māori Business and Management Level 3
Level 3
9 months
Free
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LocationStudy at home
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Enrolling monthly


Want to learn about kaupapa Māori (Māori policies and practices) for your work or business? Learn about running a business but don’t have time to attend classes?

Mana Ora could be the perfect course for you.

Mana Ora is a unique programme where you’ll learn about running a business and kaupapa Māori at the same time – from the comfort of your own home. You’ll receive all the resource you need to learn, and get the support of an experienced kaitiaki (support person) who will visit you during your studies.

What will I learn?

  • te reo and tikanga Māori (Māori language and culture).
  • business planning and strategy.
  • marketing and branding.
  • business communications and stakeholder relationships.
  • leadership, management and teamwork.
  • the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • personal and professional development.

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New Zealand Certificate in Contact Centres Level 3
Level 3
19 weeks
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LocationWaikato, Auckland South
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What will I learn?

This entry-level qualification is for people working, or wanting to work, in contact centres and covers the range of basic knowledge and skills required in this industry. You will also greatly improve your English and maths skills as a result of studying this programme.


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Certificate in Business and Technology Level 3
Level 3
18 weeks
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LocationsWaikato, Auckland South, North Shore
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What will I learn?

If you have dreams of working in an office, this is the course to get you started! Learn everything from reception skills to text processing and spreadsheets, plus a host of other entry-level business administration and computing skills. You will also develop the soft skills needed by today’s employers.


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Hospitality

Manaakitanga is a trait that Maaori naturally do anyway, whether it’s from serving a cup of tea at the marae or welcoming guests. Hospitality can provide you practical skills to gain meaningful employment with a number of opportunities both here and overseas too.

Programmes
Certificate in Hospitality Level 3
Level 3
20 weeks
Fee Free
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LocationsWaikato, Sylvia Park, Auckland South, Auckland City, North Shore, Rotorua
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What will I learn?

This practical programme is the perfect introduction to kick-start your hospitality career. You’ll learn about café service, how to prepare and serve alcoholic beverages, make café-style coffees and lots of other practical skills. If you want to train for a great career, this is where you need to start. After graduating, you’ll be ready to tackle higher-level study or get an entry-level hospitality job.


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Certificate in Hospitality (Restaurant Service) Level 4
Level 4
20 weeks
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LocationsWaikato, Sylvia Park, Auckland South, Auckland City
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What will I learn?

Get ready to take your hospitality skills to a new level. Learn advanced food service skills for the restaurant environment, find out how to set up a hospitality event and get your licence controller qualification. This programme will give you an edge in your job search, showing future employers that you can apply your skills in a variety of hospitality environments.


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Childcare and Retail

Whether it’s looking after children or selling high-end clothes there are a number of skills which can provide you with great opportunities to care for children both here in Aotearoa, New Zealand or overseas. Having retail skills is always an advantage for those who are looking to get confidence in selling items and or provide great customer service.

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Certificate in Early Childhood Education Level 3
Level 3
20 weeks
Fee free
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LocationsWaikato, Manukau
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What will I learn?

If you’re aged 16–19, the Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 3) will provide you with introductory skills and knowledge in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children within the sociocultural context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Work experience in an early childhood education (ECE) centre will introduce you to the practical skills and experience needed to prepare for a career in this industry. If you’re looking to begin your training in ECE, this is the programme to start with.


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Certificate in Retail Level 3
Level 3
19 weeks
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LocationsWaikato, Auckland South
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What will I learn?

You will learn a wide range of skills and knowledge to help build your retail career. You will also greatly improve your English and maths skills as a result of studying this programme. Wherever appropriate, you will be exposed to experiences designed to build your practical skills.


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We’ll work with you to assist you with the skills to complete your studies and achieve success.

Enrolment support

We can help you work through your options to choose a programme that will set you on the right track with your study goals and launch you into the career you’ve always wanted. We can also guide you through the enrolment process.

Learning support

Our kaitiaki can set you up with skills and tools you need to write essays and complete assignments, including help with things like time management, reading strategies and referencing.

Financial assistance

You’ll need to support yourself financially while you’re studying – we can help you to make sure you receive all the financial support you’re entitled to. This includes help with Work and Income and StudyLink, as well as applying for scholarships. We can also put you in touch with people who will help you with budgeting advice to make your dollars go further.

Health and well-being

We know it’s important to be healthy in mind and body while you study. We can help you find a counsellor or health care provider to make sure that you’re fit and healthy while you’re with us. We can also provide guidance and support if you have concerns or complaints about your studying experience.

Career Manaaki

We can help you reach your career goals by working with you to plan your career, prepare a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter, brush up on job search skills or enrol with Student Job Search.

Disability support

If you have a temporary or permanent disability or impairment, make sure you ask us how we can help. We can arrange an assessment of your learning needs or an eye or hearing test. If you have an impairment, we may be able to provide a note-taker or support worker or skills and tools or special equipment.

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