New Christchurch training centre opening soon

New Christchurch centre opening

etco* will soon open an exciting new training centre in Christchurch. “Construction activity remains high in Christchurch and there is significant demand for electricians to support the construction, industrial and domestic sectors,” said etco* Chief Executive Jeremy Sole.

We have signed a lease for a building on Blenheim Road. The fit-out process is now underway for the centre, which will include state of the art training equipment.

“There is a critical shortage of licensed electricians in New Zealand - it’s estimated that 3,000 more are needed to meet demand, including in construction,” said Mr Sole.

“Currently we have 600 apprentices in various stages of training with etco and our goal is to increase that to 1000 within five years. Our new Christchurch training centre will help to meet that local and national demand and we are looking to recruit more apprentices from across the region, providing additional opportunities for young people suited to a career in the sector.

“The new centre will be equipped with the most modern learning technology, including online learning systems, much of which has only recently become available to the sector.”

We currently provides night classes several evenings a week in Christchurch operating from rented offices – as well as in 29 other locations around the country.

However, Mr Sole said the Christchurch classes are heavily oversubscribed and all Canterbury apprentices currently have to travel to etco’s Dunedin training centre to undertake block courses. The Christchurch centre will now cater for local trainees as well as some from other areas.

“Demand is such that every one of our apprentices is currently in a placement,” said Mr Sole. “We have a 95 per cent completion rate and our apprentices typically achieve 10 per cent higher grades in their exams than others do elsewhere in the sector.

“We are also unique in the level of support and pastoral care we provide to our apprentices – which is underlined by the positive feedback we receive from host companies. etco* manages the apprenticeship from beginning to end and our coordinators, who visit apprentices in the workplace, are also registered electricians.”