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Want to know more about how apprenticeships work?

On this page we’ll be looking at how you’ll split your time between learning on-the-job and off-the-job on block courses, what the different types of learning are like, where you can study, and how much it will cost you.

It’s quicker than you think to become fully qualified. An apprenticeship to become a scaffolder normally takes around 2½ years. Regularly working through your study and attending the off-job block courses will help you finish on-time.

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As a Scaffolding trainee, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified Scaffolder. During your training, you’ll learn the skills you need to become a Scaffolder in two ways:



This is the practical learning side of your training. Someone at your company will teach you the tasks you’ll carry out in your day-to-day work, and you will be assessed on how well you can do these tasks.



This is the theory learning side of your training, where you’ll be studying different topics throughout your training to support the skills you learn on the job.

What does
it cost?

You will earn while you learn. That means you don’t have to fork out for large student loans or work multiple jobs to pay the bill. The NZ Government is right behind getting people into trades, so they help subsidise your training.

Student fees are covered by the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) and will be paid by the Government until 31 December 2022.

NOTE: From the 1st of January 2023 the cost after subsidy from the Government is $42 per week. This amount can be paid by direct debit – weekly, fortnightly, or monthly to suit. The weekly amount is charged until you complete the required duration of the programme, and you are fully signed off by an Assessor.


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