Apprenticeships – add value to your business

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Taking on and training an Apprentice is a way for you to invest in our Industry’s future, give back to your trade and improve the skill set of your employees.

For information on Apprenticeships and how to get involved in workplace training call the BCITO today on 0800 4 BCITO or visit

The BCITO team work with employers and members of the painting industry, towards the continued growth and effectiveness of our industries. Qualified trades people are the future of our industries and our industries’ future is BCITO’s business.

Why would I need BCITO to help me train an apprentice?

Your Role

Employers are the best teachers; you are constantly in the field, up to date with industry developments and skilled in your trade. Employers are BCITO’s best resource.

As an Apprentice is part of an Employer’s team, it is in your best interest to provide them with the best training, there is no substitute for the on the job training that you, as an Employer can impart. You don’t have to be trade qualified to take on an apprentice – to find out if training is right for you and your business call BCITO today.


Where BCITO comes in is with nationally recognised qualifications. They have produced formal, standardised training and assessments and, with the help of independent training providers, they aim to give Apprentices an understanding of the theory behind their good practice.

What does an Employer have to do?

Training Agreement

Employers are required to sign a Training Agreement with their apprentice which formalises the process and gives them both access to the ITO’s support, guidance and resources.

When the Apprenticeship Training Agreement form is completed and signed, the Employer and Apprentice agree who should pay the associated costs.

The training agreement is forwarded to the ITO who then register the apprenticeship.

Employment Agreement

When the Training Agreement is signed, a written Employment Agreement needs to be sorted out between the Employer and their Apprentice. The Training Agreement is considered part of the Employment Agreement.

What exactly does an Apprentice have to do to become qualified?

There are a few simple steps that an Apprentice will have to take in order to become Trade Certified.

Off-Site Block Courses

All the unit standards (formal teaching, learning and assessment) for Stage One and Two of an Apprenticeship are covered on the two block courses that are a compulsory part of an apprenticeship (NC in Painting).

Block courses are run once a year, over two years and each block course runs for two weeks. Block courses are held at an accredited training provider. CPIT in Christchurch, Unitec in Auckland and WELTEC in Wellington.

October 2017

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