Your Training Partner.
Whether you already employ your own apprentice or get an Etco apprentice we can assist you with on-job and off-job support. Our training facilities throughout New Zealand are state of the art, our tutors are the best in the business and our advanced technology is world world-leading
When you select Etco as your training provider we facilitate the process for an employer and apprentice to complete a training agreement and qualification/programme schedule.
“Etco has very good systems to enable you, and your co-ordinator, tutors and hosts, to see exactly where you are with your apprenticeship – what you’ve completed and what you need to do.”
- Wiari Tuite, Etco Apprentice
“We really like the arrangement because it removes the employment burden from us and that means we can get on with our business. They take care of all the paperwork, the mentoring and tutoring is excellent and, the truth is that it saves us money over the course of their apprenticeship.”
- Kelly O'Driscoll, Plunket Electrical, Etco Host Company
“What we like about hosting Etco apprentices is that all the off-site training is properly and professionally taken care of. It’s also good having the Etco apprentice mentors because it is someone independent looking after the theory side of things.”
– Matthew Boxall, Elcon Electrical, Etco Host
“Our tutor, had so much knowledge and went above and beyond with his students – if you were stuck on anything, he would put in the time to help you”
- Mai Kaewsaem, Etco Apprentice
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Training your apprentice
Prior to beginning an apprenticeship, a training agreement must be set up between the apprentice, their employer, and a TEC approved training provider, like Etco.
Every apprentice must be enrolled in off-job learning, receive the required work experience, and be adequately supervised and supported.
With more than 30 years of experience, we have the expertise and systems to get the best outcomes. Etco-trained apprentices are known to complete their apprenticeship in the fastest time possible, enabling them to be qualified and registered faster.
If you have a business that employs electrical apprentices, or if you’re an already-employed apprentice, click below to set up your training agreement.
Looking for an apprenticeship?
If you have not secured employment, you can apply with Etco. Etco employment guarantees you full-time work throughout your apprenticeship and exposure to the work required to become an electrician.
We’ll supply you with a starter toolkit, PPE, and work-ready training. All training fees are covered for Etco-employed apprentices during your apprenticeship.
Want to host an Etco-employed Apprentice?
Companies who host an Etco-employed apprentice pay only for the time an apprentice works on site.
Etco takes care of the training agreement, the off and on-job training and support and makes sure the apprentice receives the necessary work experience.
E-DIARY - A LOGBOOK FOR APPRENTICES
Etco is committed to providing our apprentices with all the learning tools they need to become best-in-class technicians.
Our eDiary enables the learner to log hours of work and exposures to different activities towards the required unit standards and apprenticeship progress.
This means you know exactly what experience the learner has and the work they can do at any time. It also shows areas where different types of work exposure are required.
The system opens a new weekly eDiary every Friday morning and the learner is notified via a text message. In about 15 minutes an apprentice can enter their activity exposures for the week.
eDiary also allows for analysis, reporting, periodic verification and quality assurance of our training.
SWITCHED ON - PASTORAL CARE SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Etco has a very strong focus on wellbeing, its at the heart of everything we do.
Our Apprentice Mentors maintain close contact with businesses and apprentices in order to respond quickly to any workplace, study or personal issues and to provide support to help the individual resolve that.
We provide 24/7 personal support through our Switched On pastoral care programme, who are confidential and independent and can discuss
Work or relationships issues
Help with anxiety and stress
LMS – LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Today’s apprentices want the power of the internet at their fingertips and to use their smart devices for almost everything. Etco developed our innovative Learning Management System (LMS) to do just that.
The only electrical training specific system of its kind in New Zealand, our LMS brings all our night class and block class material online, although hard copy workbooks can still be provided if required.
Built on the cloud-based Moodle platform, this state-of-the-art learning system provides a comprehensive look at the sciences and maths behind electrical engineering. Being able to complete the assessments online means learners can get instant feedback on their answers and resit a couple of times before the system refers them to their tutor for guidance.
The system also makes for smarter reporting and data handling. Most assessments are self-evaluated and reported directly to our administration team for quick and easy entry into the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Reports are also readily available for students, employers, and other industry stakeholders so progress can be monitored, and feedback be given to students in real time.
Recognised leaders of excellence
We employ hundreds of electricians around the country who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the next generation. The Etco relationship means there is always a team member there to support and guide apprentices, alongside an extensive support team, who are all committed to ensuring apprentice success.
Apprentice Mentors lead people through their apprenticeship journey at Etco, all the way to graduation. They maintain strong partnerships with businesses so apprentices can gain the necessary practical experience and training required.
Mentors are experts at having the tough, yet caring conversations needed to keep people on track. Their job is to keep their finger on the pulse with regular appraisals at least four times a year, and monitoring progress for both on and off job experience.
Etco Apprentice Tutors are some of the best in the business, many with years of experience and a passion to pass on their knowledge. They deliver block courses and night classes, monitor assessments, and have close relationships with Apprentice Mentors so that everyone is working to achieve each individuals’ goals.
Outside of the training centres, the Etco team has an award-winning reputation for outstanding leadership and excellence. Etco leaders and staff are regularly recognised at ITENZ and Westpac Business Awards.
Etco’s mission is to develop the best in the electrical industry. We do this by remaining energised, caring and grounded.
We will facilitate the process for you and your apprentice to complete the training agreement documentation.
Once the training agreement and all related documentation has been completed, we will arrange enrolment in off-job training including night classes and block courses and provide on-job support through regular workplace visits.
Complete and submit the information requested on this page.
We will send you a list of things for you and the apprentice to bring to the agreement set up meeting
We will contact you to arrange a time to meet with you and the apprentice to write up the agreement
We will submit the agreement for registration with TEC
We will advise you when TEC acceptance is complete
We will activate the apprentice in our learning systems and confirm night class allocations and block courses and access to the on-line TLC modules.
The apprentice will need to provide the following for the training agreement set up meeting:
Proof of identity
Proof of residency
The apprentice’s NZQA national student number (NSN)
Evidence of NCEA Level 2 English, Math, Science achievement*
After registering the training agreement, the apprentice will need to apply to EWRB for a Trainee Limited Certificate (TLC) within 90 days.
The apprentice can complete the required modules at no charge on etco’s learning management system, and we will provide a voucher for the first aid training at no cost.
Note*: If the applicant does not have all the level 2 NCEA subjects, etco may be able to assist in having the gap bridged. Ask us about this.