This is a 14-day residential induction programme held at our training facility in Ramarama, in the Bombay Hills south of Auckland. This induction introduces you to a workplace environment and the expectations of both the Electrical Training company and our host companies. There is a one-off fee for the induction course, to be paid by the apprentice before its commencement. This is the only fee we ask of you during your entire apprenticeship
This is a busy period and the 14 days are packed with first-hand training experience. A high level of discipline is required, which helps set you up the workplace. The meals provided throughout the programme are legendary – no-one ever complains of feeling hungry – so count on being well nourished to get you through the busy days.
Theory and practical exercises are undertaken, aligned with required unit standards. There is a significant Health & Safety component covered during the programme, as well as drug and alcohol education and financial literacy – with a focus on budgeting. The first year’s block course is also held at this time. This rounds off your preparation for the workplace, enables you to work safely and maximises your on-job experience in the first year.
Once you complete the induction programme and enter the workforce, your on- and off-job training continues. And the great thing is the ongoing costs associated with your training are paid by the Electrical Training Company. There are no further training costs ahead of you! Earning while you’re learning – how good is that?
Our apprentices have opportunities to excel and benchmark themselves against other apprentices in national competitions, such as the Electrical Training Company Apprentice of the Year; the Master Electricians Challenge (where apprentices participate in a practical skills competition); and the World Skills competitions, where the 'best of the best' represent New Zealand against the rest of the world in an exciting offshore location.
Part of our drive for excellence is ensuring our apprentices complete and become qualified electricians. Our completion rate is above 95%!